Watch Karen O & Ezra Koenig, Pharrell, U2 Perform At The Oscars
This year’s Academy Awards ceremony is unusually relevant to us Stereogum types: Not only is the Arcade Fire up for Best Score (for the Her score, composed by Will Butler and Owen Pallett), but Pharrell, Karen O, and U2 are in contention for Best Song (for, respectively: “Happy” from Despicable Me 2; “The Moon Song” from Her; and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom). Also, all the Best Song nominees will be performing, and when Karen O takes the stage, she’ll be joined by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig. We’ll be watching (and compiling) all those performances right here.
UPDATE: At the top is U2, delivering a restrained and elemental take on “Ordinary Love.” Below that is Karen and Ezra, doing a hushed, intimate, olde-tymey “The Moon Song.” (Which, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson, features some astronomically suspect scenery.) And at the bottom is Pharrell. And his hat. He dances with some front-row nominees — such as Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams — to the No. 1 song in the country.
They all lost to Frozen hit “Let It Go,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who now has an EGOT).