Award-winning singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo is set to perform at the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration, on Sunday, February 26. She will entertain the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries.
A U.K. native, Erivo made her Broadway debut starring as Celie in the critically acclaimed revival of “The Color Purple,” for which she received a Tony for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. She recently performed at The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, as well as the 2017 Grammy Awards, alongside John Legend during the show’s “In Memoriam” segment. Erivo also is an accomplished songwriter, having written and performed the song “Fly Before You Fall” for the 2014 feature film “Beyond the Lights.” Her upcoming film projects include a starring role in “Harriet,” the Harriet Tubman biopic directed by Seith Mann, and co-starring opposite Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s “Widows.”
The evening also will feature multi-platinum recording artist JoJo, five-time Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor, and husband-and-wife deejays DJ M.O.S. and DJ Kiss showcasing an eclectic mix of musical genres.
The Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.