Oscar 2023 actors include Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, and candidate Stephanie Hsu

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It wouldn’t be the Oscars without some high-wattage performances throughout the show, and Sunday’s Oscar ceremony looks set to deliver. Fresh from headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show, a pregnant woman Rihanna graces the Oscars to perform her Oscar-nominated song, “Lift Me Up,” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. She’s not the only A-lister set to perform during the ceremony, which will air on Sunday, March 12, on ABC. Lenny Kravitz She was also tapped to perform in the emotional “In Memoriam” segment at the Oscars.

Those nominated for other original songs have star performers behind them. Frontman of Talking Heads David Byrne present to perform “This Is a Life” from Everything everywhere All at once by Son Lux, and a Best Supporting Actress nominee Stephanie Hsu going in for Mitsky, who is nominated for the song. Honorary Oscar recipient Diane Warren She also takes the stage to perform her best original song contender “Applause” from Tell Like A Woman with Sofia Carson, and Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava are set to perform the buzzy, earworm-y number “Naatu Naatu” from RRR. But it is not yet known whether the Oscar winner and presenter of the best picture last year Lady Gaga on site to perform her Oscar-nominated song “Hold My Hand.” Top Gun: Maverick.

Here’s a full list of everyone officially nominated to perform at the 95th Academy Awards:


Rihanna is officially back in her acting prime. After wowing millions at the Super Bowl with her effortlessly cool performance and unexpected pregnancy announcement, the pop mogul-turned-Oscar nominee is set to return to the stage at the Oscars to make her best original song contender, “Lift Me Up,” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. There is no word on whether she is co-named Tems, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Göransson come with her.

Lenny Kravitz

Four-time Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz has been tapped to deliver the “In Memoriam” performance during this year’s telecast.

David Byrne, For Lux, and Stephanie Hsu

Although Mitski will not be in attendance to perform her Oscar-nominated song, “This Is a Life” from All at once, she left him in good hands. Legendary musician David Byrne performs with the experimental band Son Lux and Best Actress nominee Stephanie Hsu, who has Broadway bona fides – she stars in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical and Be More Chill on Broadway – more than qualified her for the job.

Diane Warren and Sofia Carson

Fourteen-time Oscar nominee and honorary recipient Diane Warren takes the stage Sunday to perform her Oscar-nominated number “Applause” from Tell Like A Woman. She will be joined by actress and singer Sofia Carson, who will make the rare leap from co-hosting last year’s ABC Oscars red carpet show to performing at the ceremony.

Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava

Best original song contender “Naatu Naatu” from the Telugu historical epic RRR will get a moment in the sun when Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava perform the infectious number at the Oscars.

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