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Mark Ronson Says “Shallow” Oscars Staging Was Bradley Cooper’s Idea


We all have Bradley Cooper to thank for that memorable Oscar performance of “Shallow.”

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, the song’s co-writer and newly-minted Oscar winner Mark Ronson credits the director of A Star Is Born with the idea of starting the performance by having stagehands push the instruments out onstage, with cameras shooting everything from behind.

“I think it was Bradley’s idea, I think he had a specific vision I heard Lady Gaga talking about it, so I think it was his thing,” Mark tells Ellen.

And despite fans clamoring for a joint Gaga/Cooper tour, Ronson tells Ellen that the Oscars might have been the last time we’ll ever get to hear Lady Gaga and Bradley sing “Shallow” together.

“I think…that’s probably, might be, the only time they perform that song together, so it made it feel really special,” he says of the Oscars duet.

Mark adds that Bradley was “brave” to go up and perform, since he’s not a professional singer.

“I went up to him afterwards and I was like, ‘You killed it’ and he was like, ‘Really?’ and I was like ‘How can you not know?’” he says.

“Shallow” won the Oscar for Best Original Song; the song’s four co-writers, including Gaga and Mark, all got statuettes.  Mark brought his along to Ellen’s show, and placed it on the table in front of them so he could admire it while he and Ellen chatted.

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