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Jill Scott to Perform Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ at First Oscar Concert

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Jill Scott is set to put a soulful spin on Pharrell‘s mega hit ‘Happy’ at the first concert to support the 2014 Academy Awards.

Leading up to the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Associated Press reports the Academy will present its first live Oscar Concert to celebrates the year’s nominated music. The concert, to be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall in California, will feature all five original scores, an 80-piece orchestra and performances of the four original songs up for Oscars.

“We expect to have a full house very quickly because it’s really a one-of-a-kind concert,” states Charles Fox, governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ music branch.  “It’s never been done before and it’s featuring some of the world’s best composers.”

Alongside performers John Williams, Arcade Fire’s William Butler and Owen Pallett, Jill Scott is set to sing Pharrel’s Oscar-nominated ‘Happy’ from the ‘Despicable Me 2′ soundtrack.

Though the inaugural concert won’t be televised, Fox says the plan is to make the program an annual event broadcast on TV.

“We hope it’s going to be an annual thing because every year there’s such a great level of quality music being written for film, and it goes out to the whole world,” Fox explains.

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