Oscars

Beyonce and Billie Eilish will perform at the Oscars this Sunday. Image: Robyn Beck / AFP

Nominees Beyonce and Billie Eilish will take the stage at this year’s Oscars

Four out of the five best original song nominees will be performing during the Oscars, with Beyonce performing from a tennis court.

Oscars

Beyonce and Billie Eilish will perform at the Oscars this Sunday. Image: Robyn Beck / AFP

Beyonce and Billie Eilish will perform during Sunday’s Oscars, but outspoken vaccine sceptic Van Morrison is skipping Hollywood’s biggest night, organizers said on Tuesday.

All three performers are nominated for best song at the 94th Academy Awards – along with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Diane Warren, whose songs will also be performed on the broadcast.

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BEYONCE AND BILLIE EILISH’S UPCOMING OSCARS PERFORMANCE

Pop superstar Beyonce’s Oscar-nominated ballad Be Alive was penned for tennis biopic King Richard, which stars Will Smith as the father of tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams.

Hollywood trade publication Variety reported that Beyonce will perform live from the tennis courts in Compton where the sisters played as children. Organizers did not respond to AFP request for comment.

Eilish and her brother Finneas will perform No Time To Die from the recent James Bond movie.

WHY VAN MORRISON WON’T PERFORM AT THE OSCARS

But while Morrison, who wrote Down to Joy for Kenneth Branagh’s black-and-white childhood drama Belfast, was invited to perform at the star-studded gala, he “will not attend the Oscars due to his tour schedule,” organizers said.

The singer, known as “Van the Man” to his fans, is due to tour England in late March, before arriving in the US next month for further dates.

Morrison’s high-profile criticism of pandemic restrictions – including three anti-lockdown “protest songs” – and opposition to vaccine mandates had led to questions about whether he would be welcomed at the Oscars.

AN ‘ALL-STAR BAND’ WILL TAKE THE OSCARS STAGE

The ceremony taking place on Sunday in Hollywood requires nominees, guests and press to be vaccinated, although performers and presenters are reportedly able to attend without proof of vaccine if they undergo rigorous testing.

Miranda’s Dos Oruguitas from Disney animated movie Encanto will be performed by Sebastian Yatra.

Best known for creating Broadway sensation Hamilton, Miranda will attain the coveted and rare EGOT status for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award if he wins on Sunday.

Warren’s song Somehow You Do from Four Good Days – which will be performed by Reba McEntire – is her 13th Oscar nomination, but she has never won.

Also performing at the Oscars will be an “all-star band” including Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, and DJ D-Nice.

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