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U2 to play Mandela song at Oscars

Published on Feb 13, 2014 9:13 AM
Members of the band U2 pose with their award for Best Original Song for Ordinary Love from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom at The Weinstein Company & Netflix after party after the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan 12, 2014. U2 will perform Ordinary Love at this year's Academy Awards. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Irish rock veterans U2 will play their Oscar-nominated song Ordinary Love from the movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom at this year's Academy Awards, organisers announced on Wednesday.

The March 2 performance at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will be the first time U2 will play the song live, said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the 86th Academy Awards.

The tune is among four nominees for best original song along with Happy from Despicable Me 2, Let It Go from Disney's animated Frozen and The Moon Song from futuristic love story Her. The Academy had already announced that Tony-winning singer and actress Idina Menzel will sing Let It Go from Frozen - the frontrunner for best animated feature - at next month's awards ceremony.

A fifth song was originally nominated. But Alone Yet Not Alone from a low-budget film of the same name, was pulled because its author, an Academy member, had emailed voters about his tune, breaching the prestigious body's strict rules.

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