Beyoncé in talks to perform ‘Be Alive’ at Oscars

The organizers behind the Oscars are pulling out all the stops to land an iconic performance from the best original song nominee Beyoncé, multiple sources close to the show have told. Variety

While the superstar hasn’t stopped a single award campaign in recent months in support of her song “Be Alive,” co-written with artist Dixson for the film “King Richard,” Beyoncé’s camp has been in deep talks with producers to assemble a satellite. . performance of the song – one that would potentially open the show and broadcast live from tennis courts in Compton, California. The concept began to solidify last Monday, three individuals with knowledge of the conversations said.

The location, of course, is where sports legends Venus and Serena practiced relentless exercise in their youth under the watchful eye of their father, Richard. One possible scenario would be that Will Smith, who plays the titular character in the film, would appear on the scene with Beyoncé and then presumably head north to Hollywood in time to settle in for the Best Actor category announcement, he added. sources to it.

An Academy spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Beyoncé was not immediately available for comment.

The “Lemonade” singer is notoriously secretive, often requiring top-level collaborators to sign binding nondisclosure agreements to work with her. Numerous insiders close to the industry and to city officials said it’s possible Beyoncé would abandon the concept entirely if any of her plans were revealed. While there are plenty of tennis courts in the city of Compton, located in metro Los Angeles, Lueders Park’s courts were officially renamed Venus and Serena Williams Court of Champion in 2016. the matter.

Any pop culture viewer or Beyhive member would recognize a move like this as Beyoncé’s trademark — a gig that could use the Oscars’ popularity to shine a light on Compton and celebrate two native daughters who share their sport and the conquered the world.

Over the years, the Academy has shown their affection for Beyoncé as a performer (if not for her critically acclaimed acting breakout in the 2006 film ‘Dreamgirls’). In 2005, the singer performed numerous songs in the best song category during the live broadcast, including “Learn to Be Lonely” from the feature film remake of “The Phantom of the Opera”. She sang alongside Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose in 2007 with a medley of “Dreamgirls”, and also in 2009 to accompany host Hugh Jackman in a montage honoring movie musicals.

The 2022 Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, March 27.

Marc Malkin and Brent Lang contributed to this report.

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