When it was announced early last week that Oscar producers secured recent multi-Grammy winner Pharrell Williams to perform his Oscar-nominated song "Happy," it really was only a matter of time before the other songs were confirmed as well. Fast forward to today as the last piece of the puzzle is finally put into place with Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O joining Pharrell, U2, and Idina Menzel as confirmed performers at the Academy Awards.
The frontrunner is Menzel's rendition of "Let It Go" from Frozen whose official video has been viewed over 90 million times to date (at least a million of those coming from me probably) and has steadily climbed US music charts including as part of the official music soundtrack album which topped Billboard charts for a handful of weeks. But even with one less song to worry about, competition is tough.
Pharrell's "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 has been coming on strong the past few weeks and is currently the second most popular single in the country according to Billboard. The official music video above has garnered nearly 60 million views and the infectious sound may be peaking just at the right time for voters.
Meanwhile neither of those two songs won the Golden Globes for Best Song. That honor went to U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The lyric video has "only" been viewed 8 million times, a relatively low number compared to those first two songs, but in terms of name recognition and worldwide popularity, U2 is tops.
Finally, Karen O's "The Moon Song" is probably the least widely heard of the nominees and yet it's also the only song in a Best Picture film (Her). I actually think that in another year, this might have been the frontrunner. After the cut, you can listen to "The Moon Song" as well as "Ordinary Love."