Oscar® producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced this morning that best-selling Country superstar and critically acclaimed actor Tim McGraw will perform Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Going to Miss You,” during the live television broadcast of the Oscars®. “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is nominated in the category of Best Original Song.
The song appears in the Critics’ Choice nominated documentary”Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me,” which follows Campbell’s final tour and his struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Recorded with the famed Wrecking Crew and co-written with producer Julian Raymond, the song conveys his personal experience with the disease and laments the memory of his wife and family.
The performance by McGraw will be a dedication to Campbell from the Country community that has rallied behind him and his family during this difficult time. Campbell, who received the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and is a member of the esteemed Country Music Hall of Fame, is no longer able to perform for public audiences due to Alzheimer’s progression. Campbell’s immediate family, who appears alongside him in the film, asked McGraw if he would be willing to honor the legend by performing the song at the upcoming awards.
Said the Campbell family, “We are thrilled that Tim McGraw will be singing ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ on Glen’s behalf at the Academy Awards®. Glen was always a fan of his music and Tim is sure to bring great emotional depth to the performance. We can’t wait to hear it live!”
“I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” added McGraw.
A lifelong fan of Campbell’s music, the two-time GRAMMY® winning McGraw, is one of today’s hottest music icons. His recent single, “Shotgun Rider,” hit #1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Charts. This marked his 27th No.1 on Billboard Country Airplay, which is the most of any artist in the charts’ 25-year history. His historic career achievements include being named BDS Most Played Artist of the Decade for all music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for all music genres. No stranger to the silver screen himself having starred in the critically-acclaimed Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, and Country Strong, McGraw will return to theaters this this spring alongside George Clooney in Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” out May 22.
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