P!nk takes us over the rainbow: 2014 Oscars musical performances

Mar 3, 2014 at 12:44 a.m. ET

Music is an integral part of any movie, and the Academy Awards made sure to honor the medium at the 2014 awards show.

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The 2014 Oscars paid tribute to film from the past year and honored the music in those films. Of all the musical performances, the one that stood out most was a song from a film released long before last year.

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P!nk took the stage to honor Judy Garland and performed perhaps one of Garland's most famous songs: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The performance was a tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and Garland's children — Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft — were in the audience.

Earlier in the evening, Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres had included Minnelli in her opening monologue. Minnelli looked upset by the insult but seemed happier during P!nk's performance, because the Academy was giving her late mother such an honor.

P!nk wowed in a ruby dress, which was obviously an ode to Dorothy's ruby slippers in the film.

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P!nk's strong voice gave the film and Garland the tribute they really deserved.

Bette Midler gave an amazing performance at the Oscars as well. She performed her song "Wind Beneath My Wings" just after the In Memoriam section of the award show, which honored stars lost in the last year: James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole, Sid Caesar, Roger Ebert, Shirley Temple Black, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and others.

A surprise performance at the Oscars may have been the most successful. While accepting her award for 20 Feet From Stardom, iconic singer Darlene Love belted out a few notes. According to Billboard, OWN has acquired TV rights to Love's life story and will be adapting it into a television movie.

The other performances of the night were for the Best Song category of the Oscars. U2 performed their song "Ordinary Love" from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Pharrell Williams was on stage for his song "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, Idina Menzel performed "Let It Go" from Frozen, and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed "Moon Song" from Her with Ezra Koenig of the band Vampire Weekend.

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