Rihanna wins first Oscar nomination for ‘Lift Me Up’

Rihanna has earned herself another recognition with her first Oscar nomination thanks to her latest single “Lift me up.”

The poignant tribute number to the late Chadwick Boseman appeared in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and will compete in the music’s best original song category.

Others credited alongside RiRi include co-writers Ryan Coogler, who directed the film, and Tems, as well as producer Ludwig Goransson.

You can listen to “Lift Me Up” below:

Rihanna’s main competition seems to be another pop titan in Lady Gaga for her contribution to Top Gun: Maverick with “Hold My Hand” and Diane Warren’s work on “Applause” from Tell it like a woman. It is Warren’s 14th nomination in the category.

Taylor Swift was snubbed from her first nomination at the 95th Academy Awards as Where the Crawdads Sing‘Carolina’ failed to make the final cut after being included on the original shortlist.

The 2023 Academy Awards are set for March 12, but before Rihanna turns her focus to the Oscars, she’s set to return to the stage for the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 12.

“Oh man, I’m just as excited as you are — if not more,” her boyfriend A$AP Rocky said about the highly anticipated show in a recent interview. “I’m super excited. This is big, it’s unbelievable. I’m so happy that my lady is back making music and whatnot and getting back out there, you know?”

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The Harlem native continued, “It’s amazing, especially for both of us. It’s a good year for both of us to be more active and be out there. But the Super Bowl is huge. The creative she is, she’s going to bring it, man. “

The performance will mark the Bajan billionaire’s first appearance at the Super Bowl and first major appearance since the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, where she delivered a career-spanning medley of hits to coincide with receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

JAY-Z is reportedly helping Rihanna put the show together. Hov has served as the NFL’s live music entertainment strategist since 2019 and actually signed Rihanna to Def Jam in 2005 during his brief presidency of the iconic label.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn,” Jay said in a recent statement about the Halftime show. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists of all time. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

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