Lady Gaga and Rihanna both earned Oscar nominations Tuesday in a category of best original song that knocked out Taylor Swift.
Gaga was nominated for “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick” while Rihanna became a first-time nominee through “Lift Me Up” a song from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. Music superstars will compete at the 2023 Academy Awards in March.
Swift’s “Carolina” from “Where the Crawdads Sing” it did not achieve a nomination in the category. The song was considered an Oscar contender after receiving nominations for other awards, including the Golden Globes.
Gaga co-wrote the song “Top Gun” with BloodPop, the highly talented producer and songwriter who has created songs for several big names, including Madonna, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. It’s the fourth nomination for Gaga, who won an Oscar in 2019. for “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper.
rihanna did his long-awaited return to music with a great twist on the ballad “Lift Me Up,” which was written as a tribute to the late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in 2020. She created the song with Tems, the film’s director. Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Göransson, who took home an Oscar four years ago for his work on the first “Black Panther” film.
“This song touched a lot of people”Göransson said. “That’s one of the beautiful things you can do when you write music. There are moments when the music has life outside of the film. Still alive. It’s beautiful to see how he connects with people.”
Diane Warren received her fourteenth Oscar nomination for her song “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman.” The prolific composer was recognized with an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards last year.
“It’s amazing to be appreciated by my peers again,” said Warren, who stayed up all night at a pizza party with friends while waiting for the nominations, just as she did last year. “I never take nominations for granted.”
Other nominees for Best Original Song are MM Keeravaani’s “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” which was written by Chandrabose, and “This is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” This last theme was created by Mitski, David Byrne and Ryan Lott, who along with his band Son Lux was also nominated for best original score.
I feel like I’m on top of the world. This is the best feeling,” said Keeravaani, adding that he was not surprised by the nomination because he was “very confident in his work”.
Keeravaani said she hopes her nomination through the Oscars platform can highlight other artists from India.
“It is important that more and more talented music and artists from my country can have the opportunity to get this kind of recognition, so that the world embraces Indian music more than ever before,” he said.