Shirley Bassey to perform at Oscars for first time

By Daniel S Levine,

Can you really celebrate the James Bond franchise’s 50th anniversary without having Shirley Bassey sing “Goldfinger”? Of course not! She will be on hand at the Oscars later this month to perform for the first time during the ceremony.

“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement from the Academy. “Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.”

Bassey, who performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year, is best known by American audiences for her three James Bond themes, “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker.”

Adele is also going to sing her James Bond theme song “Skyfall” and Barbra Streisand is slated to perform as well. It will be Streisand’s first Oscars performance in 36 years.

According to the Academy, today is also the start of the final Oscars voting. Academy voters send in their ballots online or by mail by Tuesday, Feb. 19, giving them a week and a half to view all the nominees.

Presenters for this year’s Oscars include Mark Wahlberg and Ted, Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and the cast of The Avengers.

The Academy reportedly added Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as presenters Thursday.

The 85th Oscars will be held Feb. 24 on ABC.



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