Rita Ora made her Oscars debut on Sunday night (Feb. 22) with a rousing performance of “Grateful,” the Diane Warren-penned theme from Beyond the Lights that is nominated for best original song at the 87 annual ceremony.
Ora, who recently appeared in the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, sported a black-and-white ballroom gown and a snake necklace while performing atop a raised platform. With laser lights and wisps of smoke washing over her leather gloves (perhaps a Fifty Shades call-back?), Ora was given a few seconds to display her vocal control, and thoroughly impressed the star-studded audience. Host Neil Patrick Harris even gave her a “well-done” after the performance!
“Grateful” is nominated alongside “Everything is Awesome!!!” from The Lego Movie, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again, and “Glory” from Selma. Warren’s nomination for “Grateful” marks her seventh in the category.
In 2014, Ora scored a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 chart with “Black Widow,” her collaboration with Iggy Azalea. The U.K. singer recently popped up on a new version of Charli XCX‘s new single “Doing It.”