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Oscars 2019: Watch Queen's opening performance


Queen fronted by Adam Lambert kicked off the 2019 Oscars with a rousing opening performance with a backdrop tribute to Freddie Mercury.

Original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor played alongside Lambert in a repeat of their hugely successful 2011 world tour. Performing two songs back-to-back, Queen performed their classic hits ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’.

Previously speaking about being “nervous” in replacing Mercury, Lambert said in September: “Not only did I have to make sure my voice held up and I know all the words… but it was also the perception of fans; I definitely had some concerns,” he said. “This is not my music that I wrote: This is me, as a guest, with one of the greatest rock bands of all time, singing the songs that one of the greatest rock singers of all time brought to life.”

He added: “Freddie is irreplaceable. There’s no way to compare to him. It was always my hope that audiences would understand that I’m up there just excited to sing great music that everyone knows,” he said.

Queen could be set for a memorable night as the Bryan Singer-directed Freddie Mercury biopic lead various categories.