Adam Lambert and Queen Get the Party Started Opening the Oscars with an Iconic Medley
Consider us officially rocked! Queen took the stage at the Oscars on February 24 with Adam Lambert as their frontman, and they were pretty much the champions of the 2019 Academy Awards with their groundbreaking performance of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” to open the show.
The original members of Queen helped Adam bring down the house, but they made sure to honor their original leader by showing photos of Freddie Mercury singing in the background during the performance. They also set the stage on fire quite literally with some amazing pyrotechnics!
Former American Idol runner-up Adam, who has been touring with Queen as their lead singer since 2011, went over-the-top with his outfit for the major performance. The talented singer wore a dazzling black suit that sparkled like a disco ball. His hair and eyeliner were on-point, and we loved his rock n’ roll edge.
Of course, the performance was meant to represent the hit film Bohemian Rhapsody, which details Freddie and his bandmates’ rise to fame, falling out, and reunion before his death. The film features Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton, who apparently sparked up a romance while on set. The beautiful film is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Rami Malek), Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing.
While the A Star Is Born collaborators Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will take the stage themselves to sing their duet, it’s probably best that Queen sang their iconic songs over Rami, who actually admitted that he only kinda-sorta sang for the film. “It is an amalgamation of a few voices,” he explained to Metro. “But predominantly it is my hope and the hope of everyone that we will hear as much Freddie as possible. I think that is the goal for all of us.” We certainly did! When you see Rami sing in the film, he is actually lip-synching his own voice mixed with that of Marc Matel, a singer famous for imitating Freddie.
Despite not being on stage, Rami sure seemed to enjoy the exciting opening number, and how could you blame him? The performance was fun, colorful, and totally rocked.