The “In Memoriam” segment of the Academy Awards is always a moving tribute. It requires a balance of emotion and lyrical power to remember Hollywood legends who have passed in the last year. But if we had our choice, Esperanza Spalding should do it from this point forward because it was masterfully done on Sunday (Feb. 26).
Spalding, who won the Best New Artist award at the 2011 Grammys, performed the Louis Armstrong standard “What a Wonderful World” alongside a choir. And she was pitch perfect.
Her performance honored the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Russell, Whitney Houston and Steve Jobs. And the video clips the Academy broadcast as part of it matched the feeling of the moment.
So Zappers, did you feel the same way?