I've been wondering for some time exactly how the Hustle & Flow Oscar-nominated rap song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," will be performed during the awards ceremony on March 5. I mean, "Blame Canada" had to be edited, and that was in 2000, back before the FCC became so touchy. The rap song "Lose Yourself" was nominated for an Oscar for the 2002 film 8 Mile, but it was not performed during the ceremony ... and won the award. However, that had nothing to do with censorship, but other issues such as musician/star Eminem's refusal to attend.

I hadn't thought about who might stand up there and rap on Oscar night, though, and the news is that it won't be actor Terrence Howard. Howard says he just can't get into the headspace of portraying DJay again, and I can imagine he'll be nervous enough about the odds that he'll win Best Actor. Instead, we'll hear the group Three 6 Mafia, which wrote the song for Hustle & Flow. Jordan "Juicy J" Houston, Cedric Coleman, and Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard will be the first hip-hop musicians to perform their own song during an Oscar ceremony. No word yet on exactly which lyrics they will or will not be singing.