Kendrick Lamar Won’t Be Performing At The Oscars

Rapper Kendrick Lamar will not be performing his Best Original Song contender All The Stars at the Oscars on Sunday due to timing issues.

The hip-hop star and his collaborator SZA had been expected to hit the stage at the Los Angeles prizegiving to belt out their hit tune from Best Picture nominee Black Panther. But sources tell Variety that event organizers were unable to make the appearance work with Lamar’s schedule, blaming timing and logistics for his Academy Awards absence.

The news comes weeks after Oscars officials reversed plans to only have All the Stars and Lady Gaga’s Shallow from A Star Is Born performed during the live telecast following a backlash, as all five Best Original Song contenders have previously been invited to grace the stage during Hollywood’s big night.

The remaining four nominated tracks will still be played on Sunday.
Bette Midler and Marc Shaiman will perform The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns, Gillian Welch and David Rowlings will sing When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Gaga and Bradley Cooper will collaborate on their movie duet Shallow, and Jennifer Hudson will take on I’ll Fight from RBG.

Rock legends Queen have also been added to the line-up of performers as their biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is up for five prizes, including Best Picture.

The Oscars isn’t the only high-profile awards show Lamar is passing on – he also skipped the Grammy Awards earlier this month, where All the Stars was shortlisted for four accolades.

He ended up winning the Best Rap Performance honor for another Black Panther soundtrack tune, King’s Dead, while Ludwig Goransson’s original score picked up the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.