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Peter Gabriel pulls out of Oscar performance

By | Published on Monday 16 February 2009

Peter Gabriel has pulled out of a scheduled set at the Oscars after being told that he would not be allowed to play his whole song, as he would have a mere 65 seconds allocated to it. The singer is nominated for ‘Down To Earth’, which he co-wrote with film composer Thomas Newman for the Pixar film ‘Wall-E’, and which is nominated for Best Original Song.

Gabriel explained via his website that he’ll still be attending the Academy Awards ceremony on 22 Feb even though he won’t take part in the Best Original Song, adding: “I’m an old fart and it’s not going to do me any harm to make a protest. But the ceremony should be fun and I’m looking forward to it”.