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Bette Midler slated to perform at the 2014 Oscars

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It was released yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, by show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (in a press release) that singer/actress Bette Midler will be singing at this year's Oscars.

“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

In this statement from Zadan and Meron, it's possible that Midler may be singing during the memoriam section of this awards show.

This will be the first time for Bette Midler to perform on the Oscar stage. Midler has been nominated for an Oscar twice. Her first Oscar nomination came in 1980 for her emotional performance in "The Rose" and her second nomination came in 1992 for her work in "For the Boys." Midler is also a multi-Grammy winner, winning a total of three Grammys, along with four Golden Globe Awards and a special Tony Award.

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