- OSCAR hopeful Terrence Howard has refused to sing at the Academy Awards after other black Hollywood stars urged him not to.
Howard, up for Best Actor for his role as a drug dealer in Hustle And Flow, was invited to sing "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" at the ceremony.
But he pulled out after Sidney Poitier, Will Smith and Denzel Washington warned him it could be harmful to black actors.
Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria, a friend of Terrence, said he wanted to but revealed: "Sidney Poitier said: 'Do not go up there and represent the African American community singing about a pimp'."
Howard, Poitier, Smith and Washington refused to comment.
Rappers Three 6 Mafia will perform a toned down version of the song on Sunday.