Rihanna has received her first-ever Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
The artist received the nod for her song, 'Lift Me Up', which features on the soundtrack to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Written by Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, and the film’s director Ryan Coogler, the song - which was released late last year to coincide with the film's release - was created as a tribute to the late actor and star of the first Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman. Check it out below.
The 2023 Academy Awards returns to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 12th March. Among the other tracks competing for Best Original Song include Son Lux's 'This Is a Llfe' featuring Mitski and David Byrne, taken from the soundtrack to Everything Everywhere All At Once. Lady Gaga's 'Hold My Hand' from the soundtrack to Top Gun: Maverick is also nominated. See the full shortlist below.
Rihanna's last album, 'Anti' was released in 2016. This release of 'Lift Me Up' followed the news that Rihanna is set to appear at the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show next month, marking her first live outing since her appearance with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Last year, Rihanna welcomed her first child with A$AP Rocky and starred in the video for his track 'D.M.B.' directed and executive produced by Rocky for AWGE. Ahead of the birth of their child, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky threw what was described as a "rave-themed baby shower".
Best Original Song Shortlist
Rihanna - Lift Me Up (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
Son Lux Featuring Mitski & David Byrne - This Is a Life (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava & M.M. Keeravani - Naatu Naatu (RRR)
Sofia Carson - Applause (Tell It like a Woman)
Lady Gaga - Hold My Hand (Top Gun: Maverick)