Because nothing says “the music of Ennio Morricone” like “the spleen-shattering vocals of Celine Dion,” the Academy Awards have reportedly decided to tack her on to their tribute to the Italian composer:
Sources tell me that Dion has been booked to perform at this year’s Academy Awards. The Canadian crooner will sing during a tribute to legendary composer Ennio Morricone, who will be receiving an honorary Oscar at the Feb. 25 ceremony.
I’m told lyrics have been written for Morricone’s score for Once Upon a Time in America just for Dion. “The lyrics have never been heard before,” one source says.
We realize Dion hasn’t performed at the Oscars in a few years, and that the bigwigs at the Academy probably feel that they need to fill their Celine-quota, but really–couldn’t she have filled in for James Taylor instead?
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