ABC/A.M.P.A.SIt’s rare to have more than one big-name pop or rock act performing at the Oscars in any given year, but tonight, we’ve got four, count ’em, four Grammy-winning, chart-topping performers who’ll be taking the stage at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, and three of them are nominees.

Sam Smith, who already won the Golden Globe for co-writing the James Bond SPECTRE theme “Writing’s on the Wall,” is nominated for Best Original Song for the same tune, and will perform it live on stage.  Whether or not the song will become the second Bond theme to win an Oscar — the first was Adele‘s “Skyfall” — remains to be seen.  “Skyfall” was a top-10 hit, but “Writing’s on the Wall” didn’t have much chart success in the U.S., despite topping the charts in the U.K.

The Weeknd, fresh off his double win at the Grammy Awards, will take the stage to perform his composition “Earned It,” from the critically panned movie Fifty Shades of Grey.  The song was a big hit, reaching #3 on the chart, but does the Canadian singer have enough star power to sway Oscar voters?

Ultimately, all eyes will be on Lady Gaga, who will return to the Academy stage — the scene of last year’s Sound of Music medley triumph — to perform “‘Til It Happens to You.”  Not only will she be introduced by Vice President Joe Biden, but the song itself is a powerful statement written for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.  Both Gaga and her co-writer, Diane Warren, have spoken openly about being survivors of sexual abuse themselves.  Not only that, but this is Warren’s eighth Oscar nod, and many have predicted that this is her year to win.

Since her Oscar appearance last year, Gaga and her career have risen to amazing new heights. She toured with Tony Bennett to critical acclaim, received the Contemporary Icon award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year, took home a Golden Globe for her work on American Horror Story: Hotel, scored a musical touchdown with the national anthem at the Super Bowl and paid tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy Awards.  An Oscar win would cement her comeback in a major way.

By the way, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters also is planning to take the stage for what is described as a “special performance,” but he is not nominated.  In fact, of the five nominated compositions in the Best Original Song category, only three are being performed on the telecast.

The 88th Annual Academy Awards air live on ABC tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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