Oscar Songs Shun Smut for Rainbows and Disney

March 3, 2014 - 4:49 PM

It was nice to see live pop-music performances - performances based on pure vocal power - instead of the usual shock-and-scintillation fare at the Oscars last night.

The 86th Academy Awards aired live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angles.

Pink, a singer who's become known for her acrobatic music performances, wore a sparkling ruby colored gown and sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz.

She didn't fly around the stage, she didn't tear her clothes off, she didn't kiss a girl - she just sang a beautiful song with images from the iconic movie flashing behind her.

At the Oscars, Idina Menzel also took to the stage to sing "Let it Go" from the Disney film Frozen. Frozen has been dominating world box offices (with over $1 billion made so far.) "Let It Go," written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, won the Academy Award for best original song.

As a Broadway songstress, this was not Menzel's first live performance.

Live singing - with no backups, special effects or dancers - is so rare these days that it's worth applauding any singer with the vocal chops to do it, even if they don't quite make that last high note.