Ariana Grande and John Legend will perform the song Beauty and the Beast from the latest Disney adaptation.
Coming Soon is reporting that Disney tabbed Ariana Grande and John Legend to record/perform the title song “Beauty and the Beast” for the live-action adaptation due in theaters March 17, 2017. Ariana Grande is a Grammy-nominated and multi-platform selling artist and John Legend is a 10-time Grammy and an Oscar-winning singer/songwriter (recently winning the Oscar for Glory on the Selma soundtrack).
The duo has big shoes to fill as the original song, featured in the 1991 animated classic, was performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson and received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award.
Here’s what Disney’s president of Music & Soundtrack, Mitchell Leib, had to say about the production behind the song and bringing in Grammy-winner Ron Fair to produce, courtesy of Coming Soon:
The new rendition of the classic song is produced by Grammy-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director. Fair was brought in to produce by Disney’s president of Music & Soundtracks, Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. The history of collaboration between Leib and Fair in film music goes back to the highly-successful Pretty Woman soundtrack. “Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,” says Leib. “No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”
Says Fair, “Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and Grammy Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. But with today’s two greatest plutonium singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire.”
Here’s the music video for the 1991 version performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.