Adam Lambert will join Queen on the stage in Hollywood on Sunday as the opening act of the 2019 Oscars, replacing the traditional monologue. It is a fitting gesture after Kevin Hart backed out as host after numerous controversial tweets highlighted his history of homophobia, both online and on stage.
There will be no formal host in 2019, something which last happed in 1989.
Queen and Adam Lambert have been touring together since 2011.
The move was announced by the band on Instagram.
Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie about the life of the late Freddie Mercury (who died of AIDS in 1991) is up for five awards and is widely expected to win Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek.
It will be a very music oriented Oscar with performances expected by Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson. Lady Gaga will sing songs from the Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born and rumor has it Barabra Streisand will make an appearance.
Variety reports “Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar and SZA, who are up for Best Original Song for “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” have reportedly declined to perform due to logistic and timing issues.”
Read more about Los Angeles Blade’s thinking about who’s up and what to expect, as reported by John Paul King.