Already set to perform at this year’s Oscar ceremony is Adele, whose song “Skyfall” (co-written with Paul Epworth) is nominated for Best Original Song; additionally, Norah Jones and Barbara Streisand are performing the other nominated songs for the ceremony. No word yet on what song Bassey will perform, though it would be incredible to imagine her singing a duet with Adele.
In her long career, which has spanned well over fifty years, Bassey has never performed at the Academy Awards. Her songs, though, have gone down in history. The most popular song of hers, “Goldfinger,” for James Bond’s third film, is widely hailed as the greatest James Bond song of them all, and one of the touchstone songs for the 60s. She went on to sing two other Bond songs: “Moonraker” and “Diamonds are Forever.” And right now, she is the only singer to have ever sung more than one.
"We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show," show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. "Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.
Seth MacFarlane will host the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC. For more information, check out Brent Lang’s article on The Wrap.