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Earlier this week, staff over at news site The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine about his upcoming performance of the Oscar-nominated song "Lost Stars" on The Academy Awards later this month.
Read what Adam Levine had to say below:
"It's such rarified air that we're gonna be in," Levine marveled when we spoke on Friday, "as far as being a musician at that particular show. I've always been a huge fan of the Oscars and the way they put it all together. It's the godfather of all awards shows. It's just so far removed from what I do." He added with a laugh, "Performing at the Oscars might be even better than being nominated."
An invitation from the Academy to sing on the stage of the Dolby in front of the biggest stars in the world and a television audience of hundreds of millions of people would be special under any circumstances, but Levine noted that this one has particular meaning for him: "It happened to me for a song that I sang in a movie that I was in, which makes it that much more special. That's rarely the case. Usually there's some sort of separation. It feels more legitimate and pure and involved in being there."
Speaking of his more extensive involvement in Begin Again — which happened to be my favorite film of 2014 — he still can't quite believe he was offered the opportunity. "It took a huge leap of faith on John Carney's part because I had never acted before. He reached out to me and asked me, pretty randomly, if I was interested in acting. I actually said to him [that I was] not, until he called." Levine said he quickly concluded, "If I only make one movie in my whole life, it seems like this one makes the most sense. I don't know where it will go from here, but that was my part. I really, truly believe that, and I'm really happy it came my way."
One of the things that most appealed to him about the film was that he could personally relate to the character that he was asked to play: a guy who rockets to super-stardom and doesn't handle everything perfectly. "This guy was going through a lot of what I had been through," Levine admitted. "When I saw it on paper, I just knew it was partially who I am and also part of what I think a lot of people go through when they experience any kind of success for the first time in music. Usually they're insecure, and insecurity and large amounts of success don't mix very well."
But even more important to him was the opportunity to sing songs co-written by Alexander. He gushed, "I've known Gregg Alexander forever, as far as following his career, and he's brilliant. I knew he could do amazing things." He continued, "I remember when I first heard the New Radicals album [the band released only one, in 1999]. It almost existed in a bubble." All of Alexander's songs, he said, have a rare quality: "They never sound 'decade-appropriate.' They always just sound timeless. To me, you can't tell if that New Radicals record is from the '80s or '90s or even the late-'70s or 2000s. His talent and his writing style is just incredibly timeless." He added, "People don't even really realize how many songs he's written. He's actually been a huge influence on so many songwriters and so many artists that have hits right now. Even our [Maroon 5's] song that we have out right now sounds like Gregg Alexander. He's underrated, in my opinion — until now."
To read the entire THR interview with Adam Levine, click on the link:
Watch Adam Levine perform "Lost Stars" on the Academy Awards on Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. PST on ABC!
Watch Adam Levine perform "Lost Stars" at Electric Lady Studios: