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Bette Midler to Sing at the Oscars For First Time

By Anne Cohen

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Hey wait — is there an awards ceremony pegged to a Bette Midler performance on March 2nd?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Divine Miss M will be performing at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Despite having been nominated twice, for her roles in”The Rose” (1979) and “For the Boys” (1991) , the actress and singer has never once performed during the telecast.

“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

Midler, 68, tweeted out the news to her 533,000 followers on Wednesday:

It’s almost enough to make us want to sit through the award for Best Sound Mixing. Almost.


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