Norah Jones to Perform Nominated Song from 'Ted' During the '85th Annual Academy Awards'

Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy composed the track, which is titled "Everybody Needs a Best Friend."
Norah Jones to perform song from Ted during Oscars
Norah Jones to perform song from Ted during Oscars
Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones will perform "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from the motion picture Ted, The 85th Annual Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. "Everybody Needs a Best Friend," with music by and lyrics by Seth MacFarlane, is nominated for an Original Song Oscar. This will be Jones's first time performing on an Oscar show.

Here Norah Jones discusses her experience making the song and that she is honored to perform at The 85th Annual Academy Awards.

"I had such a great time recording this song with Seth, and was thrilled to find out that it was nominated for an Oscar. Getting to perform it at such a prestigious event, which my friend is hosting, is a once in a lifetime opportunity."


Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron express their excitement.

"We are happy to have Norah Jones perform Seth's and 's nominated song on our Oscar telecast. We are big admirers of Norah's singing and she will help celebrate the unique circumstance of having an Oscar host who is also nominated for Best Original Song."


Norah Jones emerged on the world stage with the 2002 release of her debut "Come Away With Me," which sold more than 10 million copies and earned her five Grammy Awards. Since then, Norah Jones has released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums - "Feels Like Home" (2004), "Not Too Late" (2007), "The Fall" (2009), and "Little Broken Hearts" (2012) - as well as two albums with her country collective, The Little Willies. The 2010 compilation "...Featuring Norah Jones" showcased Jones's versatility through collaborations with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock and Foo Fighters. Norah Jones's songs have been featured many times on motion picture soundtracks, and she made her feature film acting debut in "My Blueberry Nights" in 2007.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Ted was released June 29th, 2012 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth. The film is directed by Seth MacFarlane.

The Academy Awards episode 61.1, "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" stars Seth MacFarlane and is directed by Don Mischer.



Sources: Deadline

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Comments (8)

  1. gumperman

    Wonderful, I knew that Adele couldn't be the only one singing, or it would mean Skyfall was a sure thing win. Not that I don't think it will win, I think it will, but I would like to hear the other songs live as well and now a second signer is confirmed. Now where is news of Scarlett, Bombay & Hugh singing?

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  2. Josh

    Haha...well check her out. Especially her last album, Little Broken Hearts, which was one of the best of last year. It was produced and cowritten with Danger Mouse. Check out her first album, Don't Know Why, too, just to see how much her sound has changed.

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  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @shuabert And there's why. Over ten years, and I was probably focused on entering junior high or something

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  4. Vanboy

    She's still as beautiful as when her first hit, "Don't Know Why" came out. Those eyes just suck you in and make you give thanks for being a man. She was pretty good in Ted also. I loved when Ted watches a passing Nora Jones and while shaking his head, utters the line, "Man, I gotta f**k her again". Classic!

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  5. Josh

    @bawnian-dexeus Dude, you've never heard of Norah Jones? She cleaned up the Grammys with her first album, and has been putting out great music for over 10 years.

    I'm glad to hear they've made this decision. Presumably this means the other 3 nominees will be performing as well? (We already know Adele is)

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  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Sucks that I've never heard of her

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  7. ROFLitschristian

    Hopefully it'll turn out alright.

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