Though it wasn’t as thrilling as the drama surrounding its lack of host, the Academy Awards ceremony generated some bonus controversy with the announcement that the only Best Song nominees that would be performed at the Oscars would be “Shallow” from A Star Is Born and “All The Stars” from Black Panther. After everyone got mad that the Academy was clearly playing favorites with the two most popular songs in the category, it backed down and agreed to allow all five nominees perform live... and then the Academy announced that Kendrick Lamar and SZA would not be performing “All The Stars” at all due to some kind of timing issue.
But the other four nominees at least got their chance to perform, even if “Shallow” was obviously pushed to the end so viewers at home would stick around to see just how nervous Bradley Cooper was going to be. (He seemed a little nervous, but also the “Shallow” performance may have taken place in the A Star Is Born universe because there was some acting involved.) “Shallow” ended up taking home the Oscar, obviously, but here are bootleg videos of all four: