How do you solve a problem like The Oscars? Get Lady Gaga to perform! Tonight Dave Karger announced on the E! red carpet that Lady Gaga will be singing a tribute to The Sound of Music. Why? The film was released in 1965 so this year marks its 50th anniversary. The performance will probably not have as many costume changes as Katy Perry at the Super Bowl; however, the medley of Sound of Music tunes is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
We knew that Lady Gaga would be performing at the Oscars, but we didn't know what she would be doing. She may not be Julie Andrews, but this is absolutely perfect. When Carrie Underwood took on the role of Maria in NBC's Sound of Music Live two years ago, it seemed odd that a country singer would be cast to play the Austrian nun. However, it seemed to work out for her and Lady Gaga is just as fitting. The only other popular musical artist that could have pulled this off, in my humble opinion, is Gwen Stefani. I will never, ever forget about how she sampled "The Lonely Goatherd" in "Wind It Up," y'all.
Will Gaga "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" or wish us all "Edelweiss" in this evening's performance? We'll have to wait and find out. That said, here are some reasons why Lady Gaga is already right to take on this Rogers and Hammerstein classic.
She's Probably Worn Clothes Made Out Of Curtains
I mean that's just basic. Right? Maria Von Trapp is resourceful when it comes to wardrobe and so is our Gaga.
This Fits Her New Jazz Lifestyle
"My Favorite Things" is practically a given at this point. Gaga has been re-marketing herself as a jazz performer with the help of Tony Bennett. The allure of classic Hollywood glamour at the Academy Awards makes her a perfect choice. In fact, re-invention is one of the themes of The Sound of Music. It's a musical about finding your purpose in life, which mirrors Gaga's current musical journey.
One Word: "Confidence"
The Sound of Music film includes a song called "I Have Confidence." It's the one she sings while wildly swinging suitcases that can't possibly be all that heavy. This may be a little inside baseball, but it's basically the same as "I Whistle A Happy Tune" from The King and I. The point is, who has more confidence on stage than Lady Gaga? Nobody.
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