refused to perform the Oscar nominated song for WALL·E
(2008) when the show producers said the song had to be edited down due to its "long" running time. Only the two other nominated songs for Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) were presented in the show performed by John Legend
as being one full act. See more
A.R. Rahman - Winner: Best Original Score and Best Original Song
Before coming, I was excited and terrified. The last time I felt like that was during my marriage. There's a dialogue from a Hindi film, called "Mere paas ma hai," which means, "I have nothing but I have a mother." So mother's here, her blessings are there with me. I am grateful for her to have come all the way. And I want to thank the Academy for being so kind, all the jury members. I want to thank Sam Schwartz, I/D PR, all the crew of "Slumdog," Mr. Gulzar, Raqueeb Alam, Blaaze, my musicians ...