Lady Gaga and Rihanna were nominated for the Oscar 2023 in the category of best original song, which left Taylor Swift out. Gaga was nominated for “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”, while Rihanna earned her first nomination for “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever After”. Music stars will compete at the 2023 Academy Awards on March 12.
Carolina, by Taylor Swift, from the movie “A Place Far From Here”, did not get a nomination in the category. The song was considered an Oscar contender after receiving nominations for other awards, including the Golden Globe.
Gaga co-wrote the music for Top Gun with BloodPop, the talented producer and songwriter who has created songs for many greats, including Madonna, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. It’s the fourth nomination for Gaga, who won an Oscar in 2019 for “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born.”
Rihanna made her long-awaited return to music in style with the ballad “Lift Me Up,” written in honor of late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in 2020. She created the song with Tems, as well as the director of film, Ryan Coogler, and composer Ludwig Göransson, who took home an Oscar four years ago for his work on the first Black Panther film.
“That song touched a lot of people,” said Göransson. “That’s one of the beautiful things you can do when you write a song. There are times when the song comes to life outside of the movie. It lives. It’s beautiful to see how it connects with people.”
Diane Warren received her 14th Oscar nomination for her song “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman”. The prolific songwriter was recognized with an honorary Academy Award at the Governors Awards last year.
“It’s amazing to be appreciated by my peers again,” said Warren, who stayed up all night at a pizzeria with friends while waiting for the nominations to be announced, just as she did last year – in Los Angeles (USA), the announcement of the finalists takes place at 5:30 in the morning. “I never take nominations for granted.”
Other nominees for Best Original Song are “Naatu Naatu” by MM Keeravaani for the Indian film “RRR”, which was written by Chandrabose, and “This is a Life” from “Everything and Everywhere at the Same Time”. The latter track was created by Mitski, David Byrne and Ryan Lott who, along with his band Son Lux, was also nominated for Best Original Score.
“I feel like I’m on top of the world. That’s the best feeling,” said Keeravaani, who added he wasn’t surprised by the nomination because he was “very confident in his work.”
Keeravaani said he hopes his Oscar nomination can highlight other artists from India. “It’s important for more and more music and talented artists from my country to have the chance to get this kind of recognition, so that the world embraces Indian music more than ever before,” she said.