Watch Pharrell, Karen O, and Ezra Koenig Perform at the 2014 Oscars

posted by Dan Murphy on March 03, 2014

Last night's 86th Academy Awards brought with it live performances of the works nominated for this year's Best Original Song category. This was the first time since the 2011 Oscars that all of the nominees performed individually at the ceremony. 

The first performance of the night saw Pharrell accompanied by a slew of colorfully dressed backup dancers for his hit from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, "Happy." He strolled down the front row managing to get quick dances from Lupita Nyong'o of 12 Years a Slave and Amy Adams of Her and American Hustle, along with a shimmy from Meryl Streep (you read that correctly). You can catch Mr. Williams at Coachella and T in the Park this year. 

Next came a stripped down and shortened version of the Her soundtrack feature "The Moon Song" performed by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig sitting on the front steps of the stage. The song was originally written by Karen O and Her director Spike Jonze. Vampire Weekend is hitting the festival circuit pretty hard this year, appearing of Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Governor's Ball along with a few others. 

U2 also played an acoustic version of their addition to the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack, "Ordinary Love." 

The night's performances were rounded out by Idina Menzel's rendition of Frozen's "Let It Go" which would go on to win the category. 

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