Cynthia Erivo brought the house down at the 2020 Oscars with an unforgettable rendition of “Stand Up,” which was nominated for Best Original Song.
The singer and actress, who was also nominated in the Best Actress category got her performance as Harriet Tubman, took over the stage dressed in a dramatic gold number and delivered a grand performance that highlighted her powerhouse vocals.
She was later joined on stage by a large choir, who further elevated the emotional performance, Those in attendance appeared visibly moved by the performance. Those watching at home also took to social media to praise the star’s talent and voice.
Erivo who has previously won a Tony, Emmy and Grammy could have become the youngest EGOT winner ever last night. She was the only nominee of color in the acting categories, which prompted folks to once again speak out against the Academy’s well-documented lack of inclusion.
Though she didn’t pick up any awards, her performance was a clear winner and arguably the best of the night.
Next, the actress is set to play soul icon Aretha Franklin in the upcoming scripted series “Genius Aretha,” from National Geographic.