Oscars 2014: The Performances You Missed (…And Wish You Hadn’t!)

March 8, 2014


The 2014 Academy Awards is arguably the most talked about show since 2014 began. Yes, it’s true! Host Ellen DeGeneres managed to top The Grammy’s, Bruno Mars at the Superbowl, and even the season premiere of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Well, everything on tv tops the Kardashians, but that’s not the point! Combined with pizza, one EPIC selfie, and STELLAR performances, if you did not watch the 2014 Oscars, odds are you heard about them. Ellen DeGeneres did a phenomenal job hosting, but the performances this year had you up out of your seat at some point! And WeKnowTheDj is here to give you a rundown of the most memorable performances of the night!

First up is Pharrell Williams and his smash hit “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. Now if you didn’t actually see Despicable Me 2, it’s okay. Most people haven’t. But this song, wherever you hear it, will make you happy (that’s the point innit?). I mean, when I’m driving down the road at “Happy” comes on, the hands are off the wheel, and I’m clapping along. Granted, it’s NOT the safest thing to do, but I can’t help it. Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof// I don’t care how bad you’re feeling at the time, “Happy” will make you happy. End of.

Next up is Pink. Whoopi Goldberg comes out beforehand and gave a touching introduction, informing people that this would be a tribute to Judy Garland. Garland, who is known worldwide for portraying Dorothy Gale in The Wizard Of Oz was honored with a performance of the movie hit “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, and this was one of the more touching performances of the night. Pink, herself, wearing a dress reminiscent of Dorothy’s infamous ruby red slipper. It was enough to bring tears to your eyes, people! 

Every year, The Academy Awards pays tribute to everyone in the movie industry that passed away the previous year. Names including Paul Walker and Philip Seymour Hoffman graced the video package, and if that wasn’t enough to bring you to tears, Bette Midler’s surprise performance surely did. Personally, I almost threw my tv remote just for the fact that Winifred Sanderson was singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”. All the nostalgia from my childhood combined with the memorium of dozens of actors and actresses made me a little misty.

With arguably the performance of the night, white girls worldwide collectively lost their minds as Adele Dazeem (according to John Travolta, at least) sang the Oscar winning song from Frozen, “Let It Go”. Of course, Idina Menzel (that’s her real name) was the talk of Twitter, because Frozen is every teenage girl’s dream movie at the moment. Despite a vocal crack at the end, Menzel brought an otherwise flawless performance to the Oscars. Unfortunately, a quick search on YouTube reveals that there are NO videos of the performance worth sharing (bad quality and all that), but have no fear! Idina performed “Let It Go” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots earlier this week and I gladly included that performance for your enjoyment 🙂

The 2014 Academy Awards brought its A-game and it’s going to be tough seeing how they will top it next year! I recommend calling Ellen back again. She was flawless. Whatever the fate of the 2015 Oscars, WeKnowTheDj will be here to cover it!

Blake M


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