Bono performs during the 2014 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by
Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Say what you will about the Mandela biopic that inspired "Ordinary Love"; the performance that the Irish quartet gave not only sold the song wonderfully, it reminded you of what an electric band they can be. Walking out like gunfighters, they eased into the song before Bono started hitting those high notes and his frontman stride; by the time the Edge went into that elegiac acoustic guitar part at the end, Bono was kneeling at the lip of the stage, keening into the tuxedoed crowd. It was no ordinary rendition, to say the least.