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'Let It Go' Wins Oscar For Best Original Song (And Best Speech, Non-Lupita Edition)

03/02/2014 11:50 EST | Updated 03/03/2014 09:59 EST

"Let It Go," the viral phenomenon from Disney smash "Frozen," won the Oscars best original song, beating out by U2's"Ordinary Love," indie powerhouse Karen O's "The Moon Song" and even the current number one single "Happy" by Pharell Williams.

Wife-and-husband songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accepted their Oscar with one of the best speeches of the night: "To our fellow nominees, you're all rock stars -- literally." They then rhymed their way through their thanks yous, including the film's stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, before getting weepy with a dedication to their daughters.

"This song is inspired by our love for you and the hope you never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are."

Just prior to winning, Menzel delivered a rushed performance of "Let It Go," strange given her Broadway bona fides, which demonstrated her powerful vocals but did not give the song its full due. (Maybe she was thrown off by John Travolta incorretly intriducing her as Adele Dazeem.) For those still unfamiliar with the song, we recommend watching the music video -- as well as some of the amazing covers that have filled YouTube in recent weeks -- to fully understand its power.

Oh, and this win for Lopez gives the man an EGOT, as he added an Oscar to his Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards.

"Frozen" also won an Oscar for best animated film.

The other nominees also performed during the awards ceremony. Pharell Williams came out with a bevy of kids and breakdancers to deliver a performance of the "Despicable Me 2" tune "Happy" that was as ebullient as its title while Karen O was joined by Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig to perform a sad, stripped-down take on the "The Moon Song" from "Her." U2 delivered a typically flawless rendition of "Ordinary Love," their Golden Globe-winning theme from Nelson Mandela biopic "Long Walk to Freedom."

In other musical performances during the Oscars, Bette Midler crooned "Wind Beneath My Wings" for the In Memoriam segment while Pink was picked to sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for the 75th anniversary tribute to "Wizard of Oz."

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