02/25/2013 AT 5:30 PM ET
Talk about a whirlwind day!
Singer Norah Jones shared her first-ever Oscar experience with PEOPLE, snapping exclusive shots as she prepared to walk the big red carpet.
Jones, 33, decided to make it a Hollywood weekend, staying in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel right across from the Dolby Theatre, getting ready with pal Sarah Oda.
After conquering the carpet, Jones took the stage to perform the nominated Best Original Song “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted.
But the busy singer couldn’t even enjoy the evening’s parties, as she jetted off to Singapore for work directly from the ceremony.
For more on Norah’s night and all the details on Hollywood’s biggest night, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.