Lady Gaga and Rihanna received Oscar nods for best original song, while Taylor Swift’s “Carolina,” from “Where the Crowds Sing,” was left off the 95th Academy Awards nominations list.
Nominees for Best Song are “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”, “Natu Natu” from “RRR”, “Applause” from “Tell It Like”. . “A Woman from Everything Everywhere All at One” and “This Is a Life”.
Taylor Swift’s “Carolina” is from “Where the Crawdads Sing”. The song was nominated for Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes and Hollywood Music at the Media Awards this season. “Carolina” was nominated for a Grammy, as well, for Song Written for Visual Media. Swift is also up for song of the year (“All To Well”), country song (“I Bet You Think About Me (From The Vault)”) and best music video (“All To Well: The Short Film”).
Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand,” co-written with Bloodpop, is from “Top Gun: Maverick” and won early awards. Although there was no promotion surrounding the song, Gaga performed it live on her Chromatica Ball tour last summer. The song received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes.
Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up,” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” was co-written with composer Ludwig Göransson and director Ryan Coogler. It was recorded as a tribute to celebrate the legacy of actor Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the original “Black Panther.” Boseman died of colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 43. Rihanna is set to headline the Super Bowl half-time show on February 12.
Facing competition from music superstars, “RRR’s” “Natu Naatu” is an Oscar contender after the film’s popularity soared and the song went viral. The song featured as a musical number within the film, which resonated with voters.
The Oscars will be held on March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.