“Nattu Nattu” from “RRR” Wins Best Original Song at the 2023 Academy Awards

M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose at the 95th Annual Academy Awards in March 2023
M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose at the 95th Annual Academy Awards in March 2023. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock (13804200dt)

The list of this year’s Oscar nominees included the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga, but they didn’t pick up any trophies by the end of the night. The best original song Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards went to “Naatu Naatu”—a viral hit from the record-breaking Indian film RRR.

“Naatu Naatu” came into this year’s Oscars as the clear front-runner, after winning the best original song at several other shows, including the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. M. M. Keeravani picked up the trophy for writing the music, while Chandrabosedouble was awarded for his work on the lyrics.

“Naatu Naatu” defeated a pretty tough competition at this year’s Oscars, where the list of nominees also included Diane Warren’s “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and “This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once, by Ryan Lott, David Byrne, and Mitski.

All five songs were performed during the ceremony, with Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj taking the stage to perform “Naatu Naatu”. Even Lady Gaga took the stage, even though it was previously reported she won’t be able to prepare the musical number. Lenny Kravitz was also among the performers, and he delivered an emotional rendition of “Calling All Angels” during the annual “In Memoriam” tribute.

The 95th Academy Awards took place on March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and Everything Everywhere All at Once was the biggest winner of the night with seven trophies.