The Oscars 2016 in music, from Gaga’s powerhouse performance to Sam Smith’s blunder
The Oscars are, of course, technically about movies — but music made the (second) biggest statement of the night, thanks to Lady Gaga.
The singer and songwriter sent a message of support to victims of sexual assault everywhere with her stunning performance of “Til It Happens to You.” Amy, a chilling and touching documentary on Amy Winehouse’s rise to fame, won Best Documentary Feature. N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was noticeably absent from the show — but host Chris Rock was sure to point that out.
Relive the night in music below:
Sam Smith performs “Writing’s On the Wall”
There was nothing wrong with Sam Smith’s performance of the Spectre theme. But there was nothing particularly stunning about it, either — especially by the end of the night, his rendition mostly rings forgettable. (Did anyone else wish it had been Radiohead on the stage instead?) Read more…