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Wall-E Cut Short By Oscar

Feb. 16 2009, Published 12:58 p.m. ET

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Peter Gabriel will not perform his Oscar nominated "Down To Earth", from the film Wall-E, this Sunday at the Academy Awards.

In a vid posted on his website, 59 year-old Grammy winner Gabriel shares his sudden change of plans with fans.

"We were originally hoping to perform. We'd assumed, as there are only 3 nominees. But in fact, producers have been called in to revamp the Oscars, and one of the things they decided to cut are the songs, so we were only been offered 60-65 seconds as part of a medley."

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"So I've now decided, very recently, to just withdraw from the ceremony. I'll still go along 'cause it's a fun adventure. But I won't be performing."

"Songwriters, even though they're a small part of the whole filmmaking process, we still work bloody hard and I think deserve a place in your ceremony as well."

"So we're gonna see if the Soweto Gospel Choir might take my place."

The 2 other nominated songs are Rahman's "Jai Ho" and Rahman and M.I.A.'s "O Saya", both from Slumdog Millionaire.

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