The music of Queen will open the Oscars Sunday night.
The musical performance will come in place of a typical host monologue. Kevin Hart, who was slated to host the show, backed out after controversial tweets from his past resurfaced. The show never named a new host.
Queen + Adam Lambert have been touring together as a band since 2011 performing Queen's famous music. The band are very excited and promise to “rock you,” according to their Instagram post from Monday breaking the news to their fans.
Several Oscar nominations have been bestowed upon “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is based off the band's story. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is nominated for five awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, for Rami Malek’s portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991.
Also performing at Sunday’s show is Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson. Lady Gaga will sing songs from the Oscar-nominated film “A Star Is Born.” Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar and SZA, who are up for Best Original Song for “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” have reportedly declined to perform due to logistic and timing issues.
Preparations for Sunday’s show are continuing and producers are figuring out ways to keep the red carpet warm, because temperatures are expected to dip into the 50s, which would make it the coldest Oscars in history.