The nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards for Best Original Song have been announced, with Rihanna and Lady Gaga both earning nods for their contributions to the film industry. Rihanna, who is known for her successful career as a singer, receives her first Oscar nomination for her song "Lift Me Up" from the film "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," while Lady Gaga, who won an Oscar in 2019 for "A Star is Born," is nominated again thanks to her song "Hold My Hand" from the sequel "Top Gun: Maverick."
A Newcomer and a Repeat Nominee
Although Rihanna is a well-known and successful singer, this marks her first Oscar nomination, adding another accolade to her already impressive list of achievements.
She co-wrote the song "Lift Me Up" with composer Ludwig Goranson and director Ryan Coogler, as a tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman, who played King T'Challa in the original film. “This song touched a lot of people,” Göransson said, reports Yahoo “That's one of the beautiful things you can do when you write music.
There are times when music has a life outside of the film. It lives on. It's beautiful to see how it connects with people." Lady Gaga, on the other hand, is no stranger to the Oscar stage, having won an award for her song "Shallow" from "A Star is Born" in 2019.
This year, she is nominated for "Hold My Hand," which she performed live on her Chromatica Ball tour last summer. The song also received nominations at the Critics' Choice Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.
The Musical Giant
Also among the nominees is Diane Warren, a musical giant in her own right, who received her 14th nomination in the category for thesong "Applause" from the documentary "Tell It Like a Woman." Warren received an honorary Oscar last month.
“It's amazing to be appreciated by my peers again,” said Warren. “I never take the nominations for granted”. Notable absentee from the list is Taylor Swift, whose song "Carolina" from "Where the Crawdads Sing" was left off the list from the 15 films vying for a nomination.
The Academy Awards will take place on March 13 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Other nominated songs include "Naatu Naatu" ("RRR") and "This Is a Life" ("Everything Everywhere All at Once").