“What an honor!” Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen joined Ryan Gosling at the Oscars to rip through their Barbie mega-ballad, I’m Just Ken – and the internet can’t get enough of it

Ryan Gosling, Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen at the Oscars 2024
(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Here's something you don't read on GuitarWorld.com every day: Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen teamed up with Ryan Gosling for a show-stealing live performance of I’m Just Ken at last night's Oscars ceremony. 

The Barbie movie was one of the guitar world’s more surprising stories of 2023, after it was widely reported that the soundtrack would feature both Slash and Van Halen, who would lend their rhythm and solo services on one of the film's standout ballads.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.