The Weeknd and Pharrell to Perform at Academy Awards Following Diversity Backlash

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For the second year in a row, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been trending on Twitter due to a lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees.

Perhaps in an effort to combat the critiques, the Weeknd and Pharrell Williams have been added to the line-up of Oscar performers, as The Los Angeles Times reports. The Weeknd’s track “Earned It” was the title song for Fifty Shades of Grey, but there is yet no word what either singer will be performing.

Other presenters announced include Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Benicio del Toro, Tina Fey, Ryan Gosling, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron and Jacob Tremblay. The ceremony is airing Feb. 28

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