After a lot of anticipation, the nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards are in, and the best original song category is pretty crowded. The list of contenders for this prestigious award includes several A-list artists, starting with Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
Rihanna scored her very first Oscar nomination with “Lift Me Up”, the lead single from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which she co-wrote alongside the Nigerian singer Tems, the director Ryan Coogler, and composer Ludwig Göransson.
Lady Gaga owes her latest Oscar nomination to “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, which she co-wrote with Michael Tucker. She previously won an Oscar for “Shallow” from A Star is Born, in addition to receiving a nomination for “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground.
The list of nominees for the best original song also includes “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, “This is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All At Once, and “Naatu Naatu” from RRR. The last song is the main front-runner at this year’s Oscars after winning a Golden Globe and several more awards in the same category.
The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Jimmy Kimmel serving as the host. The list of performers is yet to be announced, but nominated songs are usually performed live during the ceremony.