On March 27, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, Sebastián Yatra and more took the stage to celebrate the biggest songs from the blockbuster films for the year at the 94th Annual Academy Awards.
Beyoncé opened the show with “Be Alive” from the film “King Richard.” This was a highly anticipated performance from Beyoncé as it was her first public performance since 2020 when she performed at the memorial for Kobe Bryant. Many fans expected Beyoncé to bring the high theatrics with huge choreography, but that did not seem to be Beyoncé’s goal for this performance. It seemed that she wanted to incorporate a sense of unity and celebration for the film that honors the black excellence of the Williams family. Beyoncé encompassed this and more with a salute to Compton. Her vocals were passionate and top notch, her band complimented her perfectly and her dancers, including her 10-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, added the appropriate amount of energy for this performance.
Sebastián Yatra followed with a performance of “Dos Oruguitas” from the film “Encanto.” This performance was beautiful. Yatra and the band recreated the beautiful scenery from the film, along with incorporating beautiful choreography from the film. All these elements represented the film beautifully and created a standout performance.
Reba McEntire then took the stage to perform a soulful performance of “Somehow You Do” from the film “Four Good Days,” composed by Diane Warren. McEntire absolutely made the stage her own while delivering this ballad, and reiterated the fact she is the boss, and can give a powerful performance.
The “Encanto” film got their second performance shortly after winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature with the first televised performance of the number-one song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” Joined by Megan Thee Stallion, Becky G and Luis Fonsi, the cast performed throughout the arena to celebrate the recognition that “Encanto” has received from the general public. The addition of such diverse artists added energy that captured everyone in the audience, truly a great celebration of “Encanto’s” accomplishments.
Billie Eilish and FINNEAS ended the night by performing what would shortly become the Oscar-winning “No Time To Die” from the James Bond film of the same name. FINNEAS stayed at the piano while Eilish delivered a hauntingly beautiful performance of the track, further accompanied by a full orchestra. Transitioning from her light and airy voice to her emotional chest voice, Eilish and FINNEAS absolutely enticed everyone in the room, and solidified that it deserved to take home the trophy.