Jennifer Hudson To Sing Ruth Bader Ginsburg Song ‘I’ll Fight’ At The Oscars

"Oh I will take up the struggle"

Jennifer Hudson performs onstage at March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be getting her own tribute at the Oscars this year, taking the notorious cult of RBG to a whole new level. According to Variety, the nominated song "I'll Fight" from the documentary "RBG" will be performed by Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson.

 

On Thursday, the Academy excitedly announced that Hudson will be performing the song, adding that "this has been our favorite tweet of the day."

The Academy tweeted: "Things we'd like to announce today: 1. @IAMJHUD will perform the nominated song "I'll Fight" on the #Oscars! 2. This has been our favorite tweet of the day."

"Hudson’s addition marks the first official confirmation of any song from the best original song category being performed on the Oscars," reports Variety.

 

The Oscars were reportedly planning on cutting down the number of performed songs this year to just two — Lady Gaga’s "Shallow" and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s "All the Stars" — which means that the Academy changed the entire show's already long running time to squeeze in a whole song dedicated to the left-wing justice. The Academy's addition of "I'll Fight" being performed at the show follows an intense public outcry, with many members of the film music community expressing disappointment that the song, written by Diane Warren, would be nixed from the show along with the other nominees.

While the song explicitly does not name Justice Ginsburg as its subject, it clearly portrays her as a warrior who will persist in the fight for justice no matter how weak she becomes. Full lyrics:

 

When you feel you're taking all that you can take
And you're sure you're never gonna catch a break
And the tears are rivers running down your face, yeah
When your faith is low and you've got no strength left
When you think you've gone as far as you can get
And you're too undone to take another step

Oh I will take up the struggle
Oh I know it's a fight

So I'll fight, fight that war for you
I'll fight, stand and defend you
Take your side, that's what I'm here to do
I'll be there to be strong
Oh I'll keep on, keep on the fight

When it's dangerous, takes another piece of you
Everybody takes all they can get from you
Till you're left with almost nothing left of you
When each night is like a battle you can't win
And the pain is like a weight you're carrying
I will be the one to help you carry it

Oh I will take all your troubles
Oh I know it's a fight

So I'll fight, fight that war for you
I'll fight, stand and defend you
Take your side, that's what I'm here to do
I'll be there to be strong
Oh I'll keep on, keep on the fight

I'll help your back when your backs to the wall
I'll catch the tears when your tears fall
I will give it all I won't give up the fight

The Oscars will be a historic show this year by having absolutely no host.

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