It’s no great shock, but it’s cool nonetheless. Bono and the boys will perform their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love” at the Academy Awards on March 2. U2 recorded the song for the biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and it’s a very personal one: The band, and particularly Bono, had a long friendship with Nelson Mandela — who died December 5 — and their work in the anti-apartheid movement goes back to their beginnings as a band in the 1970s. This is U2’s second Oscar nomination; the Irish band was up for Best Original Song for “The Hands That Built America,” from Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York, but lost to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” from 8 Mile. But “Ordinary Love” did snag a Golden Globe last month. Here’s the Academy’s release:
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — World-renowned rock band U2 will perform their Oscar®-nominated song, “Ordinary Love,” for a global audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. U2’s exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time the band will perform the song live. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
“Ordinary Love,” was written by the group for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”
U2 has sold more than 150 million records worldwide since its formation in 1976. The group has won 22 Grammy® Awards—more than any other band—and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, its first year of eligibility. The band’s 110-show, 26-month U2360° tour, which ended in July 2011, played to over 7 million fans in 30 countries on 5 continents, was the highest-grossing concert tour of all time. The band is currently in the studio working on a new album.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.