Rihanna Earns 1st Oscar Nomination With Original Song “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.
Rihanna has compiled an impressive list of wins lately, from becoming a new mom to dropping an already iconic trailer for her upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance. And now she has another one.
On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that her single “Lift Me Up” from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack earned a nomination for Best Original Song, earning the singer her first Academy Awards.
“Lift Me Up” was Rihanna’s first solo effort in over six years, following the release of her eighth studio album “Anti” and her first track since appearing on PartyNextDoor’s song “Believe It” in 2020.
Co-written with singer Tems, former Academy Award winner Ludwig Göransson and Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler, the ballad was created in honor of the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman, who starred in the original 2018 blockbuster Black Panther, died in 2020 at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
In addition to the Rihanna track, other nominations for Best Original Song include Diane Warren’s “Applause” from the movie Tell It Like a Woman; Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”; NT Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan’s “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR”; and Son Lux, Mitski and David Byrne’s “This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The moving tune also earned the seven-time Grammy winner a nomination for this year’s Golden Globes. Last month, the pop star celebrated the news on Twitter.
“God show you!” you tweetedalongside emojis of a heart and praying hands.
The 95th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, is scheduled for March 12th. Meanwhile, fans can watch Rihanna light up the stage at the Super Bowl on February 12th.
A full list of this year’s Oscar nominees can be found here.