She may have been in the background for decades, but legendary singer Darlene Love was the center of attention at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony as she helped accept the award for Best Documentary Feature for 20 Feet From Stardom.
The Oscar was awarded to director Morgan Neville and producers Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers, but Love joined them onstage and stole the show doing what she does best – sing.
Love proclaimed to the audience “I’m so happy to be here representing the ladies of ’20 Feet From Stardom’ ” before launching into a wowing version of the gospel tune “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” reports CBS News.
She belted out the lyrics “I sing because I’m happy/I sing because I’m free” to a shower of applause from the audience, who later gave Love a much-deserved standing ovation.
Watch her uplifting Oscars acceptance speech in the clip below.
Love was one of the few background singers featured in the acclaimed documentary that chronicled the careers and lives of many well-known backup singers. Love has made a name for herself over the years in a rich career as a backing voice for dozens of iconic artists including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen and more. She’s also best-known for being the voice on The Crystals’ hits “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” as well as the holiday favorite “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” reports Billboard.