Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar-nominated song "Grateful" at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Here's what producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say in a statement.
"International recording artist Rita Ora will make her Oscar stage debut this year. The mixture of her incredible voice and glamour makes a perfect combination for our show."
"Grateful," written by Diane Warren for the film Beyond the Lights, is nominated for Original Song. This marks Warren's seventh Oscar nomination in the category. The four other nominated songs are "Everything Is Awesome" from The Lego Movie, "Glory" from Selma, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me and "Lost Stars" from Begin Again.
Ora dominated the U.K. charts with her first and certified platinum album "Ora" (2012), which included the number one singles "R.I.P.," "How We Do (Party)" and "Hot Right Now." Currently featured on the smash single "Black Widow," with fellow superstar Iggy Azalea, Ora is readying her second full-length album to be released this spring. She will appear in a number of upcoming films, including the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey and Jake Gyllenhaal's Southpaw, to be released in July.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Academy Awards, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.