Oscars 2015: Adam Levine Tops Rita Ora, John Legend for Most Shazamed Performance
The 87th Academy Awards had a little bit of everything: stunning fashion, rousing speeches, the host's package, not-Joan Rivers and of course, awkward John Travolta. It also benefited greatly, as all award shows tend to these days, to big-and-bold musical performances throughout the night. Pinpointing what may have connected most with viewers is tricky, however, but data provided by music discovery app Shazam at least gives us an idea.
Five of the top seven most Shazamed performances were courtesy of nominees in the best original song category. Coming out on top was Adam Levine and Maroon 5's twinkly performance of "Lost Stars," a nominee from his film Begin Again. That was followed by Rita Ora's "Grateful," the Diane Warren-penned theme from Beyond the Lights, and Tim McGraw's emotional rendition of "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.
Taking a break from the nominees, the fourth-most Shazamed performance came from Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who sang "I Can't Let Go" during the closely watched In Memoriam segment. Rounding out the top five was the most powerful performance of the evening, John Legend and Common's "Glory" from Selma. Backed by a marching chorus with a re-created Edmund Pettus Bridge as their backdrop, the chilling performance moved many in the audience to tears, including the film's actors David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, as well as Star Trek's Chris Pine.
Next on the list was Lady Gaga's spot-on medley from Sound of Music, to mark the film's 50th anniversary, followed by an absolutely bonkers performance of "Everything Is AWESOME!!!" via The Lego Movie. Anchored by Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, the ensemble performance featured Questlove, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and Will Arnett, who was apparently dressed in Val Kilmer's actual suit from Batman Forever.
The Oscars were held Sunday at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Legend and Common won original song, Alexandre Desplat earned original score for The Grand Budapest Hotel and best picture went to Alejandro G. Inarritu's Birdman. See a full list of winners here.
Here's the list from Shazam:
1. Adam Levine and Maroon 5, "Lost Stars"
2. Rita Ora, "Grateful"
3. Tim McGraw, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"
4. Jennifer Hudson, "I Can't Let Go" --- in memoriam
5. John Legend and Common, "Glory"
6. Lady Gaga, Sound of Music Medley*
7. Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, "Everything Is AWESOME!!!"
* Medley included "The Hills are Alive", "Do Re Mi", "Edelweiss", and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain."