1. Mary J. Blige- “Mighty River“
It was a big year for the singer-turned-actress. Blige was the first person to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Mudbound and Best Original Song categories in the same year. She performed “Mighty River,” which she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.
2. Miguel, Gael García Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade – “Remember Me“
The Pixar hit Coco (which by the way won Best Animated Film) features “Remember Me”, written by the Grammy-award winning duo behind Frozen’s “Let It Go”, husband and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Actor Gael García joined Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade to deliver a colorfoul performance. “Remember Me” ended up winning the Lopez their second Oscar.
3. Sufjan Stevens- “Mystery Of Love”
First-time nominee Sufjan Stevens took to the stage to perform a haunting rendition of his track “Mystery of Love” at the 2018 Oscars, as featured in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. He was joined by musicians: St. Vincent, Moses Sumney, Chris Thile, alongside frequent Sufjan collaborators Casey Foubert and James McAlister.
4. Common, and Andra Day – “Stand Up For Something“
The Chawick Boseman-fronted film “Marshall” didn’t win any awards but that didn’t stop rapper Common (who previously won the Oscar for or Selma’s “Glory” in 2015) and Andra Day from representing the film and deliver a powerful performance of “Stand Up For Something“; which was co-written by Common and Diane Warren.
5. Keala Settle – “This Is Me”
Vocal powerhouse Keala Settle from The Greatest Showman performed an emotional and powerful rendition of “This Is Me”, written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the songwriting team behind the Tony-winning smash Dear Evan Hanson and last year’s “City of Stars” from La La Land.