Nicole Scherzinger Delivers Emotional Tribute at 2024 Tony Awards In Memoriam Segment

Scherzinger’s poignant ‘What I Did for Love’ tribute at 2024 Tony Awards

Nicole Scherzinger during the In Memoriam segment at the 2024 Tony Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, THEO WARGO/GETTY)
Nicole Scherzinger during the In Memoriam segment at the 2024 Tony Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, THEO WARGO/GETTY)

Nicole Scherzinger provided one of the most touching moments of the 77th Tony Awards with her rendition of “What I Did for Love” during the In Memoriam segment.

Held on Sunday, June 16, at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City, the ceremony honored those in the theater community who passed away over the past year.

The segment began with an introduction by Brooke Shields, the newly elected president of the Actors Equity Association.

Shields, 59, expressed her pride in celebrating the theatrical community but also acknowledged the bittersweet nature of the moment.

“For every well-known artist, there are countless others whose contributions both onstage and behind the scenes forever changed Broadway,” she said.

Following Shields’ remarks, Scherzinger, 45, took the stage. The Olivier Award winner performed a heartfelt and somber version of “What I Did for Love” from the musical A Chorus Line, capturing the emotions of the tribute.

The In Memoriam segment paid homage to notable figures in theater, including Christopher Durang, Louis Gossett Jr., Hinton Battle, Maurice Hines, Michael McGrath, Ron Cephas Jones, Alan Arkin, Glenda Jackson, Treat Williams, and Illinoise production stage manager Thomas J. Gates, among others.

Nicole Scherzinger performing at the 2024 Tony Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, THEO WARGO/GETTY)
Nicole Scherzinger performing at the 2024 Tony Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, THEO WARGO/GETTY)

The tribute also featured Chita Rivera, who passed away in January at age 91. Her more than seven decades of work on Broadway were celebrated earlier in the evening by Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Bebe Neuwirth, with host Ariana DeBose.

DeBose, 33, hosted the Tonys for the third time, and the ceremony included a star-studded list of presenters.

The lineup featured Nate Burleson, Cynthia Erivo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Gad, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sean Hayes, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, and Angelina Jolie. Other notable attendees included Nick Jonas, Idina Menzel, Ashley Park, Jim Parsons, Wendell Pierce, Ben Platt, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Rannells, Solomon Thomas, Taylor Tomlinson, Pete Townshend, Tamara Tunie, Adrienne Warren, Patrick Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright.

Scherzinger, who received high praise for her performance, is set to make her Broadway debut later this year.

She will star in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which will open at N.Y.C.’s St. James Theatre on September 28.

The production began performances in London in September 2023 and officially opened on October 5, 2023. It quickly became a sensation, with Scherzinger winning an Olivier Award for best actress.

Nicole Scherzinger at a Sunset Boulevard press-night afterparty in London on Oct. 12, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DAVE BENETT/GETTY IMAGES)
Nicole Scherzinger at a Sunset Boulevard press-night afterparty in London on Oct. 12, 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, DAVE BENETT/GETTY IMAGES)

The musical won a record-setting seven awards, including best revival.

The Tony Awards ceremony, airing live on CBS and Paramount+, continued to celebrate Broadway’s best and brightest, despite the ongoing challenges faced by the theater industry.

The event highlighted the resilience and creativity of the community, with performances and tributes that underscored the importance of theater in enriching lives and culture.

The In Memoriam segment, in particular, served as a poignant reminder of the contributions made by those who have passed. It highlighted the enduring legacy of artists and professionals whose work has shaped the world of theater.

Scherzinger’s performance was a fitting tribute, her voice capturing the depth of emotion felt by those in attendance and watching from home.

The 2024 Tony Awards not only celebrated the achievements of the past year but also honored the memory of those who have left an indelible mark on Broadway.

The ceremony was a testament to the enduring power of theater to inspire, entertain, and move audiences, even in times of loss and reflection.

As the theater community looks forward to new productions and performances, the memories of those honored during the In Memoriam segment will continue to resonate, reminding everyone of the profound impact of their work.

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