The Oscars 2016 wasn't just about the movies with some stunning musical performances providing the soundtrack to the evening. Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Sam Smith and Dave Grohl graced the stage during the prestigious Los Angeles awards ceremony on 28 February to sing their array of theme songs that featured in films throughout 2015.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was also on hand to sing a beautiful tribute to film stars both behind the scenes and in front of the camera who passed away during the last 12 months. IBTimes UK relives the musical moments from the Oscars 2016.
Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You from The Hunting Ground
The Golden Globe winner did not triumph at the Oscars but Gaga, 29, won the night with her performance of Til It Happens To You, which features in The Hunting Ground, a documentary exploring rape on university campuses in the US. Following an introduction from vice president Joe Biden, Gaga proceeded to sing the ballad from behind a piano before receiving a standing ovation when survivors of sexual assault joined her on-stage towards the end.
Sam Smith – Writing's On The Wall from Spectre
It was rather fitting that the British singer sang the James Bond ballad given the track won best original song. Proving his win, Smith, 23, performed an incredibly powerful set which explored his wide-ranging vocals. While he stumbled on a key change towards the end, Smith reeled it back in the last moments making for a rousing finale.
The Weeknd – Earned It from Fifty Shades Of Grey
The Weeknd's sultry performance was more suave than sexy with only a tinge of the erotic nature seen in Fifty Shades Of Grey. Although shaky in parts, The Weeknd was a welcome change to the more serious performances from Gaga, Smith and Grohl.
Dave Grohl – Blackbird
The Foo Fighters rocker boldly covered The Beatles' 1976 song during the In Memoriam segment, which remembered the likes of Christopher Lee, Maureen O'Hara, Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Leonard Nimoy, all of whom died in 2015.