Peter Gabriel Shuns Oscars

Peter Gabriel can’t get no respect. The "In Your Eyes" singer penned a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week announcing his refusal to sing “Down to Earth” as scheduled at the Feb. 22 ceremony. “Despite there being only three nominees, [for Best Original Song] only 60-65 seconds was being offered, and that was also in a medley of the three songs. I don't feel that is sufficient time to do the song justice,” read his letter to AMPAS. The other two nominated songs from Slumdog Millionaire are still slated to perform. The decision to truncate songs was made by producers to cut the show’s typically overlong runtime to three hours.