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Originally published February 24, 2013

Shirley Bassey to Appear at Oscars

Will Perform Bond Themes

by AFRO Staff

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    In this photo made available Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, British singer Shirley Bassey performs during the concert 'Over the Rainbow' with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Photo/dpa, Christian Charisius (AP Photo)

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Dame Shirley Bassey, who voiced some of the most famous themes in the James Bond movie franchise, is scheduled to perform at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

Bassey performed the theme songs for “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds are Forever,” and “Moonraker,” but has never appeared at the Oscars or won a statuette for her efforts.

“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “Her association with film music is world-renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.”

Zadan and Meron have not released details of Bassey’s performance, but ABC News reported that she was expected to sing her Bond themes as part of a tribute to the franchise, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will air Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.