This week saw the return of the Oscars, with the 91st Academy Awards at LA’s Dolby Theatre bringing awards season to a close.
But it wasn’t Olivia Colman’s speech revealing Emma Stone’s real name or Rami Malek falling off the stage after his Best Actor win that made the most noise. Instead, it was Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born duet.
The two Oscar nominated leads took to the stage to sing a steamy rendition of Shallow at the piano, something Bradley is said to have been very nervous about.
‘I’m sure I’ll be terrified,’ Bradley told E! News ahead of the show, recalling that his performance with Gaga at her Las Vegas residency was ‘terrifying’.
‘I just had to zen out and just pray that I wasn’t gonna ruin her show,’ he recalled. ‘She just crushed it for two hours. I thought, “Please let me just be on pitch.”’
It seems that he had similar nerves ahead of his Oscars performance, with legendary singer Jennifer Lopez even having to step in and offer the actor some advice.
J-Lo, who was sitting near Bradley, reportedly imparted some wisdom before he took to the stage.
‘He seemed a little nervous,’ the Jenny from the Block singer explained on her boyfriend A-Rod’s Instagram Live video. ‘I just whispered, I said, “The song is so beautiful. When they hear the first few notes, they're going to start applauding. So don't worry. Just deliver the song.” He was like, “I got it, I got it, okay.”'
It’s safe to say J-Lo’s advice worked, with the singer herself describing it as ‘an amazingly beautiful intimate performance’.
She continued: ‘To have a front-row seat to that was so special.’
Be right back - off to hit replay.
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