Rihanna has earned her first Oscar nomination. The 34-year-old singer received recognition on Tuesday for her song ‘Lift Me Up’ from the movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in the category of Best Original Song.

 Rihanna performs onstage during "The Concert For Valor" at The National Mall on November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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The song, which was released in November, was Rihanna’s first original composition in many years, and she co-wrote it with director Ryan Coogler, Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, and Nigerian singer Tems.

The songs Hold My Hand from Maverick: Top Gun, Naatu Naatu by Rahul Sipligunj, Kaala Bhairava, and M.M for the film RRR, This Is A Life from David Byrne from the film Everything Everywhere All at Once, and Applause, written by Diane Warren and sung by Sofia Carson, were also included on the list.


Since the release of her 2016 album “Anti,” this song is the first new work by Rihanna. It was created as an homage to Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in August 2020 after a protracted fight with colon cancer. Other Oscar nominees for the song include Tems, Göransson, and Coogler.

There were five Oscar nominations for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The movie also received nods for best costume design, best makeup and hairstyling, and best visual effects. Angela Bassett received a nomination for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Queen Ramonda in addition to best original song.

Check out the full list of Oscar 2023 nominees here.

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