Megan Thee Stallion adds a surprise verse to ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ at the Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theater on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Although he was not nominated for an Oscar, there was a lot of talk about Bruno at this year’s ceremony. On Sunday, Becky G and Luis Fonsi joined the cast of “Encanto” — Adassa, Stephanie Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitan and Diane Guerrero — on stage for the first-ever live performance of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” on hit from Disney’s animated musical. And it was magical, to say the least. Megan Thee Stallion surprised audiences when she joined in her brand new verse for the song.

“I was literally in Puerto Rico less than 24 hours ago performing, my dress just arrived last night from India, and this was your FIRST FEMALE RAP PERFORMANCE at the OSCARS!” Megan Thee Stallion tweeted after his performance. “I’m definitely in grind mode.”

Even though the film’s soundtrack won two nominations (Best Original Song and Best Original Score), “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was not eligible for an Oscar this year. According to the deadline set by the Academy, all songs to be considered for nominations should have been submitted by November 1, 2021. “Encanto” was released on November 24, and at the time it had no yet been screened by critics, so there was no way Walt Disney Studios would know just how huge a hit it would become.

“I’m still proud of ‘Dos Oruguitas’ as a submission,” Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music for “Encanto,” told Variety, referencing “Dos Oruguitas”‘s nod to the best original song. “When it’s the settings, you have to pick the thing that best exemplifies the spirit of the film, and it has all of that in this song – as opposed to a particular character’s journey. It’s the fundamental story, but I’m not going to say it wasn’t hard [to choose].”

Related: 10 Epic Lin-Manuel Miranda Projects That Made Him A Household Name

On Saturday, Miranda announced he would be absent from the ceremony after his wife, Vanessa Nadal, tested positive for COVID. “I arrived in Hollywood…This weekend my wife got tested ➕ for COVID. She’s fine. The kids and I got tested ➖, but out of caution, I won’t be going to the Oscars tomorrow evening,” he said. tweeted. “Applause for my TickTickBoom and Encanto families with my own family, alongside all of you, ALL of you. -LMM.”

Along with nods from “Encanto” for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, the film won Best Animated Feature. Meanwhile, “Tick, tick… Boom!” scored a nomination for Best Film Editing and Andrew Garfield was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Jonathan Larson.

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