Bette Midler to perform at the Oscars

(CBS NEWS) Bette Midler will sing at this year's Oscars, the Academy announced Wednesday.

It will be the first time the twice-nominated singer/actress will perform during the awards ceremony.

"We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in the announcement. "We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening."

The announcement did not say what Midler, 68, would be singing or how her performance would fit into the ceremony.

Midler earned a pair of best actress Oscar nominations for her roles in "The Rose" (1979) and "For the Boys" (1991).

The Oscars will be handed out March 2 in a ceremonyhosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

By Jessica Derschowitz, CBS News

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