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A competitive field awaits the song category at the upcoming Oscars and each will be performed on the show come March 2.

To make sure the headlines kept coming, the key was not to announce them all at the same time, but let it trickle out. First came news that Pharrell Williams would perform, then Idina Menzel, U2, and finally Karen 0.

The four songs nominated are:

Best Song

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Once again, this looks to be a very competitive field with "Let it Go" and "Ordinary Love" battling it out for the win. If emotion carries the day, it would lean toward U2. If pure entertainment and popularity wins out, then it is Menzel. Note, this award goes to the songwriter and not the singer, so Bone and company would head to the stage, while Menzel would not. She could go up, of course, just not take home a statue.

"Ordinary Love" won the Golden Globe.

This category has some controversy along the way when one nominee got the boot. “Alone Yet Not Alone,” with music by Bruce Broughton, was disqualified after he sent out emails to branch members highlighting his song and asking for them to listen and vote for it. In a nutshell, when a nomination goes out each eligible song is listed only by title and the name of the film in which it is used. It also omits composer and lyricist credits from the DVD of eligible songs.


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