Queen & Adam Lambert Open 2019 Oscars With Explosive Performance: Watch

The 91st Annual Academy Awards got off to a rockin’ start on Sunday (Feb. 24) evening, thanks to an explosive performance from Queen and Adam Lambert.

Sporting a teal sequin-patterned blazer, Lambert took the stage alongside original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor to play two of the band’s classics, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.”   

The performance had the audience on its feet, with stars like Glenn Close, Lady Gaga and Queen Latifah enthusiastically bopping along to the hits. Jennifer Lopez was even caught singing along with Lambert from her seat.

The set ended with a bang, as sparks fell from the ceiling and footage of Queen’s OG frontman, Freddie Mercury, played on the stage backdrop.

The film Bohemian Rhapsody is based on Queen's early career and the life of Mercury. The biopic is up for five Oscars this evening, including best picture, best actor (for Rami Malek), best sound editing, best sound mixing and best film editing.

Following the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Lambert and Queen are heading out on a 23-show tour this summer. Lambert first played with May and Taylor while he was competing on American Idol in 2009. The singer began to tour with the band in 2012.

Watch Queen and Adam Lambert’s full performance below.

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