Times Nominated: 1
Won: 1 (2001 Best Original Song – “Things Have Changed” in Wonder Boys)
Bob Dylan is the type of artist who has always had more creativity than creative outlets. That’s likely why we have, um, interesting artifacts like his 1971 book of experimental prose poetry, Tarantula; the nearly four-hour tour film Renaldo and Clara (1978); and the 2003 babbling dystopian hodgepodge Masked and Anonymous (written and starring Dylan) among all the genuine cultural treasures he’s bestowed upon us. The iconic songwriter has had far more success writing songs for films, like “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) and, much later, the cool, paranoid “Things Have Changed” for the adaptation of Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys starring Michael Douglas. What does the Oscar mean to Dylan? Well, he and his band received the award and played “Things Have Changed” via satellite from Australia for one thing. And if you catch Dylan on the latest stretch of his “Never Ending Tour”, you’ll likely see the statue perched upon his amplifier. Check for tickets here.
Times Nominated: 2
Won: 1 (1988 Best Actress in Moonstruck)
Cher has been entertaining audiences on screens and stages of all sizes since the ’60s. She’s the type of talent who can jump between not only genres but mediums without missing a beat. Hell, she’s been nominated twice for the Oscar for Best Actress (once for Supporting and the other Leading) and took it home the second time for her work in the messy 1988 romance Moonstruck. While Oscar has noticed her acting more than her singing over the years, to most of the world she remains one of our foremost divas and a bucket list ticket. To see Cher either at her “Classic Cher” Las Vegas residency or on her “Here We Go Again Tour” around the United States, check for available tickets here.
Times Nominated: 4 (Including 2020)
Won: 1 (1995 Best Original Song – “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King) (2020 pending)
While Elton John may now be three years (and several extensions) into his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour”, nobody will be rushing the great piano man off down that road anytime soon. And the final ride has also yielded something John couldn’t have predicted: a chance at a second Oscar, this time with his career-long lyricist, Bernie Taupin, along for the golden ride. But whether or not John and Taupin win a statue for their contribution to the 2019 John biopic, Rocketman, fans and Academy members alike should not miss one last chance to hear the duo’s greatest hits played live. Check here for additional Elton John dates in your area.
Times Nominated: 1
Won: 1 (2015 Best Original Song – “Glory” in Selma)
Every now and then an anthem arises — a song capable of mobilizing people and, more importantly, giving them hope. It’s fitting, then, that singer-songwriter John Legend and topical rapper Common were the creative muscle behind this Oscar-winning song in Selma, the 2014 film about Dr. King’s march for equal voting rights. More than 50 years later, it’s hard to even imagine what King and his fellow freedom fighters endured. It’s also incredibly sad to see that that particular fight still goes on today. For that reason, it’s all the more necessary to seek out voices like Legend’s and others who believe that music matters and can change lives. Luckily, Legend will be easy to find on his just-announced “Bigger Love 2020 Tour”, which crosses the United States in August and September. Be sure to check here for dates and details.
Times Nominated: 3
Won: 1 (2019 Best Original Song – “Shallow” in A Star Is Born)
We all knew that Lady Gaga could belt out a song about as well as anyone breathing. However, how many of us knew that the shocking performance artist could also shed the costumes and bells and whistles and play a straightforward role as an actress? Well, Oscar definitely took note of Gaga’s performance in 2018’s A Star Is Born remake, nominating her for her acting as well as singing. Fans might be disappointed that the Academy ultimately didn’t make Gaga a two-time winner in a single evening, but the artist can take comfort in knowing that she and her team created a song that absolutely soundtracked the year for millions of people. It’s now a signature part of her canon, and it’ll be a highlight to hear on tour for years to come. Check for Lady Gaga Las Vegas residency dates and tickets here.
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