The Academy tweeted the news, as did Queen on twitter:
Queen + @adamlambert will ROCK YOU! ?? ?
— Queen (@QueenWillRock) February 18, 2019
According to Variety, the Academy has been working to get the band on the show for awhile now:
As previously reported by Variety, the telecast’s producers were known to have reached out to reps for the film and the band early in the planning process to try to procure Queen for the opening slot of the show. Several weeks ago, sources close to the situation indicated it wasn’t going to happen, but clearly things have turned around in the interim.
The musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has earned $212 million in the U.S. to date and $854 million worldwide so far. The movie is up for Best Picture, Best Actor (Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury), Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Film Editing.
Adam Lambert who competed on American Idol season 8 is not the only alum of the show performing on this year’s Oscars. Season 3 singer and The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson is set to perform the Oscar nominated song “I’ll Fight” from the documentary RBG, penned by Diane Warren.
It’s not often a band is asked to perform on the Oscars without representing a nominated song. It should be a pretty amazing opening to a show that’s endured some controversy. Comedian Kevin Hart was initially slated to host, but after some ugly homophobic tweets were discovered on his timeline, he opted to drop out. Now, there will be NO HOST at all. Should be interesting. OR NOT.
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will be presented again at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The show will broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 24, on ABC.
Check out what Adam posted on social media.