Florence and the Machine Singer Will Replace Dido at Oscars

Florence Welch

Florence and the Machine is nominated for a much-deserved Grammy this year. Next stop: Oscars! According to BBC News, fire-haired frontwoman Florence Welch will perform Academy Award-nominated track “If I Rise,” originally sung by Dido for the 127 Hours soundtrack, live at the February 27 ceremony. The Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) will join Welch for the performance. That’s not all: E!’s Marc Malkin is reporting that Florence is also slated to sing at Elton John and David Furnish‘s big yearly Oscar bash.

Dido reportedly already had plans for the night. Pity, y’all.

Here’s Dido’s version of “If I Rise.” Florence will kill this.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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