Rita Ora Gives a Powerful Performance of "Grateful" in Custom Vera Wang

How good? She killed it!

By Seija Rankin Feb 23, 2015 3:36 AMTags
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A round of applause for Rita Ora, everybody!

The singer just pumped out a powerful performance of her Oscar-nominated song "Grateful," from the film Beyond the Lights. The bit started out with a bang, thanks to an introduction by Hunger Games stud Josh Hutcherson

"Be thankful for the tough times, because they shape us into the people we're meant to become," began Hutcherson. "The film Beyond the Lights follows the journey of a female singer on the brink of stardom, who begins to question the provocative image crafted by others. In finding love, she discovers her true voice and breaks free to become the artist she was meant to be."

Then Ora appeared to give a stripped-down version of "Grateful." She had nothing but a background track and some lighting to accompany her, but we think it's safe to say she totally owned the stage.

Of course, her knockout dress—custom Vera Wang, we might add—didn't hurt either. It was the second look of the evening for the singer, who walked the red carpet in a strapless Marchesa gown. She knew her first look was going to be a hit, and in fact it was such a high-profile dress that it required its own bodyguard!

"I will have a bodyguard following me around," she told E!'s Marc Malkin at the Weinstein Company pre-party. "And then as soon as it's done it's like, 'Take my soul away.'"

But even without the fancy designer duds, we still think Rita's pretty darn stunning.

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