It's time to get the party started. Dame Shirley Bassey will appear at the Academy Awards later this month, reports Reuters. Dame Bassey recorded the iconic theme songs for the James Bond films Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, as well as Moonraker. This will make her first appearance at the Academy Awards this month.
Bassey, whose career has spanned more than six decades, will perform at the awards show on February 24 in Los Angeles, along with others including Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand. "Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast," Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers of the show, said in a statement.
The 76-year-old British singer has recorded more than 44 albums, has sold more than 135 million records and has performed in concert halls across the world. Last June, she sang at Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee concert in London.
Zadan and Meron, of course, are the openly gay producers who helmed the 2002 Best Picture winner Chicago, as wellm as television's SMASH and other projects.
Dame Shirley Bassey is a goddess. Most people love her signature Bond themes but her loud, brassy voice on "Light My Fire", "Hey Big Spender", "Get the Party Started", "Where Do I Begin" and "History Repeating" are everything. Oh and since Adele is nominated for James Bond's "Skyfall", how much do you want to bet that she and Dame Bassey will perform a duet or montage?
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