The Oscars Nix Live Performances For Best Original Song

At a nominee luncheon Monday, the Academy Awards' executive producers announced that none of the nominees for best original song will be invited to perform at this year's ceremony on March 7. The nominated songs, including two by Randy Newman, will be reduced to short clips in order to "streamline" the event, according to producers.

The Oscars have played host to some noteworthy song performances over the years — some great, some surreal, some baffling. Here are some performances from recent years to jog your memory. Watch these, and then tell us in the comments section whether you agree with the decision to cut them out of the program this year. And, of course, please feel free to reminisce about other Oscar performances — good, bad and otherwise.

Even though he lost to Celine Dion in 1997, Elliott Smith provided a performance of his song from Good Will Hunting that was just as beautiful as it was uncomfortable:

In 2001, Bob Dylan found a way to perform, even though he couldn't physically be there:

3-6 Mafia broke serious ground when it won an Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" in 2006:

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