Rihanna Earns First Oscar Nomination For ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Original Song
Congratulations are in order for Rihanna!
The 34-year-old superstar has received her very first Oscar nomination. On Tuesday (Jan.24) the Academy announced that her single, “Lift Me Up,” from ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is up for Best Original Song at this year’s 95th Academy Awards.
In a previous statement about the record, Tems had this to say:
“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them… Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”
The song serves as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman who played King T’Challa in the original “Black Panther.” Sadly, Boseman died in 2020 at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Other nominees in the category include Diane Warren’s “Applause” (Tell It Like a Woman), Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” (Top Gun: Maverick), NTR and Ram Charan’s “Naatu Naatu” (RRR), and Son Lux, Mitski and David Byrne’s “This Is a Life” (Everything Everywhere All at Once).
The song has already received accolades including Best Original Song in a Feature Film at the 13th Hollywood Music in Media Awards and Best Song at the 2023 African-American Film Critics Association. It also received a nomination at the Golden Globes.
The release of “Lift Me Up” marked Rihanna’s first single in six years. As previously reported, Rihanna’s last full-length release, ‘Anti’ dropped in 2016. Since then, the new mother has expanded her brand as a successful businesswoman and has become a billionaire thanks to her cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty and lingerie line Savage x Fenty. The ‘Work’ singer is set to headline the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February of 2023.
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