21 Famous Singers Who Won An Academy Award

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Elton John


Three of Elton’s songs from The Lion King were nominated for Best Original Song in 1995. They included “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” with the latter being the winner. The song went through quite a few changes in its earlier stages. At first, the song was going to be sung by the actual characters, Simba and Nala. Then, it was changed to Timba and Pumbaa, but Elton thought it would be too comical. In the end, Kristle Edwards wound up singing the vocals with brief lines from Simba and Nala, which worked out perfectly.

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