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Frozen's Idina Menzel Performs 'Let it Go' at Oscars 2014 (Video)

Frozen's Idina Menzel Performs 'Let it Go' at Oscars 2014 (Video)

Idina Menzel belts out her hit song “Let It Go” on stage at the 2014 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (March 2) in Hollywood.

The 42-year-old entertainer was introduced to the stage by John Travolta, who had some trouble with the pronunciation of her name. Eek!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Idina Menzel

It was a great night for Frozen, which went home with both Best Animated Film and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”!

FYI: Idina is wearing a Reem Acra dress.

WHAT DID YOU THINK of Idina Menzel’s performance at the 2014 Oscars?

Frozen’s Idina Menzel Performs ‘Let it Go’ at Oscars 2014
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  • Carol

    It really wasn’t her best live performance, she was shaking so much and still was amazing!

  • Snow White

    Her voice is damaged…

  • Deodat

    Terrible performance! She killed the song.

  • Maria

    It still won the Oscar.

  • Chante

    Haters your try and do what she did and then talk…loved it!!!! She is amazing. Think she did well overall I loved her performance she is so cool and so talented and I hope to see how one of my shows… Very High Note you know no one can obviously get that and she was probably a bit nervous who wouldn’t be in front of that audience

  • Chante

    Still got a standing ovations …want to see her show

  • amy

    She was so nervous to begin with and then freakin TRAVOLTA introduced her as “the wickedly talented.. adel nazime” IDINA MENZEL JOHN! he totally f’d her up! She’s such an amazing talent but her nerves got the best of her and she sang too fast and got lost.

  • Kris

    I agree. Her performance was not good. I feel sorry for her because she is truly talented.

    We could clear see that she was extremely nervous. Travolta did not make thins better for her. Damn you, Travolta, for mispronouncing her name!

    I still love her though!

  • Vanessa

    I loved it, only at the end her voice cracked from screaming into the mike. The shaking from probably being nervous didn’t bother me. I give her performance a 9.5:)

  • JustSayin

    I can understand why people not think she’s that great based on this performance alone, but I think it’s a great example of how even Broadway stars get nervous. She really is amazing though. Just one performance that wasn’t her best out of soooo many of hers that were spectaculr. Go youtube her other work :)

  • Niki

    This is definitifly a no-no: screamy, nervous and yelling performance by ‘Adel Nazeem’ (shame on U John, just claiming to have a special place in yoir heart for Musical…). Feel sorry for Idina, but this was just not ‘it’. Did love U2, Pink (trouble with breathing but otherwise great) nd maybe most of all…Darlene Love!

  • Dana

    Can’t IMAGINE performing like that in front of Bono, Brad and Angie, Sandra Bullock, Ellen, etc!! She rocked it. Travolta should send her a big ol bouquet to apologize! Yikes.

  • Cam

    For me, only end was not that good, anyway, great performance, I’m not a singer but in my opinion Let it Go is a very hard song to sing. And it’s obvious that every performer would be nervous, it was her first time at Oscars! Without ending, the performance was amazing! Happy it won!

  • Indignant

    Let it Go is not a hard song to sing.
    I’m not familiar with Idina but she seemd blase, under prepared. She’s been performing live for years so she should have been more professional.
    Rested her voice, made sure it was at least as good as the recording.
    Instead you have something like this?
    Oscar performance is probably a one in a lifetime thing…

  • jane

    Why do some singers feel the need to scream out a song?! It was awful. Kudos to Pink for her powerful yet contained rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

  • siennagold

    She was painful to listen to

  • Chezza

    @Indignant: She’s about to premiere a new broadway show this week, crazy rahearsals, 8 shows a week.

  • Dv8

    Oh lawdy! :( I still love you Idina but I’ll stick to the recorded version which I listen to probably 20 times a day.

  • Oliver

    Brilliant! Kudos to her.

  • Mina

    I thought the performance was AWFUL. I cringed through the whole thing. And that last note was so forced. It’s amazing what auto-tune can do for you when you’re in a studio.

  • Tyla

    oooh… I expected a lot more. Idina is amazing in my opinion, but this performance was off timing, off key in places, and she just sounded all around nervous. Not like her at all!

  • Gavin

    She was amazing, what are you talking about?! Obviously it wasn’t up to par compared to the real soundtrack version, but it’s like that for any artist! she rocked it! (:

  • Psychoflute

    For all the haters out there, this version was sped way up and had been re-arranged from the original, so of course it didn’t sound as good. She couldn’t hold the notes the way she did in the original recorded version due to the faster pace. Not to mention that if she has a busy rehearsal schedule for an upcoming Broadway role (as another commentor had mentioned) she probably didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for this new arrangement.

    She’s always wonderful in my opinion, but she just seemed like she needed a little more prep work for this one.

  • cristal

    She rehearsed the same song on friday, in the same stage, with the same orchesta…c’mon people, they even cut off the song for her and she knew it (less words = more rested voice, it’s logical because its a difficult song and they did this so she could be able to hit the last note easly, unfortunately she could not :’( )

    It’s a shame, i did not like the way she rushed some moments of the song but i guess it was because she did not hear well? but that last note…oh my i cant find an excuse :’( she even looks so disapointed at hersef, she did not enjoy singing the song at all, its a shame because it was probably the most important stage of her life…

  • Shawna Spellacy

    She looked and sounded beautiful!

  • Karly

    it was painful to watch, she screamed the entire time. I don’t know who she is tho…besides taye digg’s estranged wife..

  • Claire

    I absolutely love Idina,but her timing to the song was so off and yes was not her best performance but she is still amazing!

  • Jonathan Lee

    It was not good. It was actually quite terrible. She was obviously a nervous wreck in the beginning and you couldn’t hear nor understand the lyrics. It was not good, period.

    There is a reason why Barbra Streisand, Celine Dione and Beyonce are stars. They rise up to occasion, no matter the circumstances … NO EXCUSES. Just like the Olympic champions.

    This performance of reminiscent of her Tony Award performance of Defying Gravity … pitchy, screechy and unpleasant.

    I am a fan of hers, but I am not going to lie. She didn’t bring it. And the quality of her voice is not very good.

  • lexluthor

    you must have a tin ear. sorry for your loss

  • Sean

    @Jonathan Lee:

    Beyonce should never, I repeat, NEVER be in the same sentence as the rest of those women.

  • Fantears

    Recently revealed that Idina Menzel recently suffered from asthma. That’s why it was hard for her to sing, and even her famous song “Let it Go” was cut short at the Oscars.

    Anyway, Idina you’re amazing.

  • Sam


    She’s one of the top performers on Broadway. Singing live is what she does. It had nothing to do with autotune. She just seemed extremely nervous, which unfortunately can kill a live performance.

  • drummer boy

    Absolutely awful. This was possibly the worst live television singing performance I’ve ever seen, excluding those Idol auditions they show just for fun.

  • SusanS

    As an accomplished Broadway performer she sounded pitchy, raspy, sharp, piercing & out of her range & league. Did the original Disney recording do so much mixing that her soundtrack performance was enticing & adorable or is she losing it? Not at all pleasing. Forced performance that would invite the coaches from American Idol a challenge to enhance.

  • romanzwriter

    Idina was ahead of the beat nearly the whole song which made me wonder if her inner-ear monitors were set where she could hear herself or the music. She did seem nervous which I found surprising, but again, it could be the sound.
    There is no question, she is an amazing singer and for the person who said this song wasn’t hard to sing… you must be joking. It has a huge note range that most women would need to sing in their head voice once they reach the high ones. (which is what she should have done on that last note!) It wouldn’t have been as powerful, but it would have been less painful :-)

  • Phan

    @Jonathan Lee: She had an asthma attack before her Tony performance…

  • Megan

    She’s been on Broadway, Glee, won a Tony, performed AT the Tony’s. This isn’t her first rodeo. I am the biggest Fanzel there is, but maybe she’s losing her voice. If she would sing properly, instead of from her throat, and learn a little breath control, she’d be back on top within a month. She’s got more talent than any 3 Grammy winners combined, but she’ll lose it if she doesn’t warm up properly and sing from her diaphragm.

  • Lizza

    To anyone who thinks they can sing the song better than she did at the oscars, feel free to post yourself on you tube (with zero editing obviously) and my hunch is that despite the fact that she was ahead of the beat and her voice cracked on that last note, I’m willing to bet that not a single one of you claiming that the performance was “terrible” or “hard to listen to” can sing even one tenth as good as she can.

  • Jacqui

    IDINA, your incredibly gifted, what a God given talent! Be proud, be very proud!

  • KarenJennings

    Eh. It’s not a great song anyway. Odd minor/major issues in the intro. Simplistic tune for the hook, that they just keep taking up and up…no wonder she cracked.

    My choice would have been Happy. Infectious and a cultural phenomenon for those other than parents of 4 year old girls.

  • Erica

    That was absolutely breathtaking! I got chills.

  • http://Crazypenguin90 Erica

    She was clearly nervous here because she is AMAZING on broadway! Just go and get a ticket to see Wicked and you will fully understand why people are defending her. Every artist has a bad performance from time to time.

  • P


    Let it Go is a very hard song to sing. You must know nothing about technical singing or don’t sing at all. That F sharp is a really hard note…they should have lowered it

  • Angel

    Sorry to say but the performance is so bad. Very pitchy and she sang too fast (well as what i heard, faster than the music and its very painful to listen to).

  • Mari

    I saw her live on Broadway in Rent. She is the real deal. 8 shows a week. She is in New York with a new show so she was jet lagged and probably thrown off by the shortened arrangement. It might not have been perfect, but very few singers could have done better.

  • Piackie

    @Indignant: Idina most likely didn’t get a chance to rest her voice much; she’s currently rehearsing her new musical for Broadway: If/Then. This wasn’t her best performance, but if you’re not familiar with her, I recommend you YouTube her other work; she’s really talented :)

  • joe

    Someone needs to tell her to stop rushing and take her time. She’s a phenomenal singer but that performance was pretty bad. As for the high note at the end I don’t think that was entirely her fault. I think that note was kinda out of her range. I was wondering if she really could hit that note after hearing it in theaters.
    If you haven’t seen it yet watch her performance of the same song with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Yes they play on elementary instruments but they do a phenomenal job. The arrangement made it better for her to stay in control and not rush and it was in a lower key so when she hit that high note at the end it was beautiful! Much improved. Check it out

  • Mary

    You try not being a bit thrown off by not only a different arrangement but right after being introduced by the wrong name…

  • Moon

    No one can obviously get that? It’d an E flat. IT’S WITHIN THE STAFF (and the staff, if you didn’t know is where you write music notes and sig/play that). It’s not on ledger lines above said staff, so it’s not that high! And if you don’t understand what I was talking about, look it up and learn music.

  • Moon

    I am not a hater, but just replying to your “sped up” comment. This version is NOT sped up. Idina starting singing faster in the middle. The orchestra was behind her and trying to keep up. Learn to listen well.