For those sweating over Ryan Gosling possibly taking the stage at the Oscars, you can calm down. The La La Land star will not be forced to sing some of the film’s many songs alongside Emma Stone, putting his live voice to the test against the likes of Justin Timberlake and Sting.
John Legend will take on the musical performances, joining Lin-Manuel Miranda and Timberlake who will be representing Moana and Trolls respectively. As Vulture points out, it’s hardly Legend’s first time at the Academy Awards:
Legend, who won an Oscar with Common in 2015 for his Selma song “Glory,” will do both “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).” Miranda will do his Moana song “How Far I’ll Go,” Sting will perform “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story, and Timberlake will do that one song from Trolls that no one can escape hearing (also known as “Can’t Stop the Feeling”).
It makes perfect sense to get Legend to pull double duty. The “Glory” performance with Common was a breathtaking moment, so he can handle the big stage. He can likely also handle singing more than one song on the same night. Actually, John Legend can probably handle anything you throw at him.
The real shame is that we won’t get the chance to relive this classic clip at the Oscars. Some had their hopes up but now are forced to stay within the world of fantasy. What might’ve been?