Megan Thee Stallion Was the Last Person We Expected to Perform "We Don't Talk About Bruno" at the Oscars
Hollywood's biggest night has come and gone and, like any year, it certainly had its fair share of surprises. Among the star-studded guest list was Megan Thee Stallion, who's known for rocking red carpets, delivering "Hot Girl Summer" anthems, and (now) rapping about Bruno, apparently.
The first-ever performance of the mega-hit, "We Don't Talk About Bruno" from Disney's Encanto, started off normal enough, with members of the cast singing the first verse of the viral sensation while dancing through the audience. Suddenly, the camera panned to reveal none other than Ms. Megan Thee Stallion ready to absolutely serve, posing in a golden high-slit dress complete with cut-outs, ruffles, and lots of glitz.
It was then the rapper's turn to strut around while calling out Bruno ("Every day all the kids wanna hear is Bruno"), dropping nods to Oscars 2022 attendees, and shouting out the all-female trio of hosts — Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall — before turning it back over to the Encanto cast.
While the performance of the hit song was set to be a show-stopper from the start, the three-time Grammy winner's feature quickly became a moment viewers couldn't stop talking about — and for good reason. Aside from all but stealing the show, Megan's verse marked the first female rap performance to ever grace the Oscars stage.
Though "Bruno" itself wasn't eligible for an Oscar nomination, Encanto was nominated for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, and ended up winning the award for Best Animated Feature during Sunday's ceremony. Jared Bush, the film's director, was among the entourage who took to the stage to accept the award, and later shared in a press room that he was just as shocked as the rest of us when it came to Megan's surprise verse.
"We knew there was going to be something unexpected, but I absolutely loved it," Bush said. "Different people have found themselves in this story. Seeing Megan Thee Stallion do it was mind-blowing."