*The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have invited Nelson and Winnie Mandela‘s daughters Zindzi and Zenani to attend the Oscars, where U2 will be performing the nominated song, “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” [Click through to watch U2’s acoustic version with The Roots on “The Tonight Show.”]
U2 and lead singer Bono were personal friends of their father and have been working in the anti-apartheid movement through their music since the late 1970s when the daughters were only in their teens.
In a statement Zindzi and Zenani said, “This is especially meaningful to us because of how much our father loved watching movies. This song was inspired by the beautiful letters that my father and mother exchanged while he was imprisoned at Robben Island.”
In addition to the U2 performance the Academy has previously announced all the other nominated songs will also be performed live (by Pharrell Williams , Karen O and Idina Menzel) along with musical performances from Bette Midler and Pink.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday March 2nd and aired live on ABC.