Arts & Entertainment

Artists behind Oscar-nominated songs won't perform

Oscar is breaking with tradition for its nominated songs.

A spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the artists behind the year's five nominated songs will not perform during the Oscar telecast.

Leslie Unger says that instead, each piece will be showcased with clips from the films that featured them.

Up for an Oscar in the original song category are Randy Newman's "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog," ''Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" by Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas, Maury Yeston's "Take It All" from "Nine" and "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett.

The Academy Awards will be presented March 7 and broadcast live on ABC.

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