This year’s Academy Awards took a big risk by only nominating three songs in the Best Original Song category, and it looks as though it has backfired: Peter Gabriel, who was nominated for “Down To Earth” from Wall-E, will not perform at the ceremony. Gabriel is protesting the producers’ decision to only allow him to perform 65 seconds of the track as part of a medley.
Since Gabriel's song is one of only three nominated, and the other two are both from Slumdog Millionaire, he'll almost definitely win. As you can see above, it's hard for Gabriel to whittle his show down to 65 seconds.
The real reason to protest the Best Original Song category? The fact that the Academy dissed Bruce Springsteen and didn't nominate "The Wrestler".