Stevie Nicks, Chris Cornell on 2018 Oscar ‘Shortlist’

Next year’s Oscar ceremony could include a bittersweet honor for Chris Cornell — and another opportunity for Stevie Nicks to add to an already impressive collection of awards.

Cornell and Nicks are both among the 70 finalists vying for consideration in the Academy Awards’ list of Best Original Song nominees for the year. The Academy’s shortlist has been unveiled in advance of the Oscar polls opening on Jan. 5; voting for members will last for a week, after which the nominations will be announced on Jan. 23.

In the meantime, voters are invited to consider Cornell’s “The Promise” — the final recording he released during his lifetime and a passion project for the Soundgarden singer, who was moved to contribute the song after being inspired by the real-life story behind the movie of the same name, which dramatizes a love triangle against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide.

“I married into a Greek family and I’ve heard stories about my wife’s grandparents, who were actually refugees, as little kids, from the same conflict,” Cornell said in an interview before his death earlier this year. “So, it was partly that, and partly just the idea of being able to write a song for a film that has some emotional weight to it and some historical significance, especially on the denial side of it. In a strange way, denial can almost keep an instance like this alive, with the way that we communicate now. It’s a conflict that exists today because the denial exists.”

Nicks, meanwhile, made the shortlist thanks to “Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go,” a song she contributed to the soundtrack for Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry. Like The Promise, The Book of Henry didn’t fare particularly well with critics or audiences, but it marks one of a couple studio projects Nicks made time for this year while touring behind her 24 Karat Gold solo album and booking a handful of appearances with Fleetwood Mac.

The 2018 Oscars are scheduled to be held March 4 in Los Angeles, with the ceremony telecast live on ABC.

U2 Headline Their First Festival, Honor Fans and Fellow Acts

For the first time in 41 years, U2 headlined their first festival Friday Night (June 9th) when they stepped on the main stage at Bonnaroo. This was the second ever festival the band had performed, though the group isn’t new to massive crowds.

It didn’t take Bono long to begin making political stances and share his beliefs. While “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)” was performed, the screens behind the band showed faces of famous women through history. From Rosa Parks to Michelle Obama, many generations were represented. Bono spoke into the mic “turning history… into herstory”, letting it be known that he is a supporter of the strength and power of modern women.

He also took some jabs at President Trump, proclaiming “Some people may think [Martin Luther King Jr.’s] dream is dead, but not at Bonnaroo tonight.” Bono also chimed in on social justice.“Maybe the dream is just telling us to wake up.”

U2 dedicated “One Tree Hill” to Lily Cornell, the daughter of Chris Cornell. “Her dad had an epic heart,” Bono declared. Along with Cornell, the group shouted out the group who played a few hours before hand, the XX, as well as a Saturday performer at the festival, Chance The Rapper.  The bridge of “Beautiful Day” turned into a sing-along of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge”, who would be where they were 24 hours from then.

U2’s first headlining moment at a festival was 2 1/2 hours long and seemed to shock the band at how powerful festival fans, especially Bonnaroo, can be. Bono ended the performance asking “Did we make a big mistake not coming [here] before?”, adding “Can we come back again?”

WATCH: Aerosmith Dedicates “Dream On” Performance to Chris Cornell

The rock world was in shock last week, after the sudden death of Chris Cornell. Steven Tyler had posted a tribute to Cornell online, but Tyler felt like he needed to do more.

During the Aerosmith show at the Black Sea Arena in Batumi, Georgia, over the weekend, the members of Aerosmith led the audience in a moment of silence for the Soundgarden & Audioslave lead singer.

In the fan-shot footage below, Tyler told the crowd “Let’s take a moment of silence for Chris Cornell,” and added, “Dear God, may this man forever dream on.” Tyler sat a piano while an image of Cornell was broadcast over the screens in the arena, as the band performed “Dream On”.


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