Rihanna will sing at the Oscars, the Super Bowl of movies, as a follow-up to her electrifying Super Bowl halftime concert.
The “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” song “Lift Me Up” will be performed by the music superstar, according to the telecast’s producers on Thursday.
The song “Lift Me Up,” with lyrics by Tems and Ryan Coogler and music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Göransson, is up for best original song. The celebrity from Barbados has received his first Oscar nomination.
The song peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was also nominated for best song at the Golden Globes.
Five Oscars are up for “Wakanda Forever,” including best supporting actress for Angela Bassett’s portrayal of Queen Ramonda.
At Super Bowl 57 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, earlier this month, Rihanna, 35, performed 12 of her classics in 13 minutes while wearing an unzipped scarlet red jumpsuit over a catsuit and bralette. She also revealed to the globe during the halftime show that she was expecting her second child.
In a tribute to her unborn child, Rihanna was spotted stroking her stomach during the performance. Not long after she finished her set, the singer’s agent announced the news.
In May of last year, Rihanna gave birth to a boy, her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky.
When she received the Super Bowl call, “Are you sure, I asked. I’m three months postpartum, for example. Should I be making decisions this important at this particular time? I may regret doing this,” “she stated at a press conference prior to the Super Bowl. “But there’s something that simply occurs when you become a mom where you feel like you could take on the world, you can do anything,” she continued.
On March 12, ABC will host Jimmy Kimmel for the 95th Academy Awards.
Lady Gaga, who was nominated for “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” is one of Rihanna’s Oscar rivals. The song, which Gaga co-wrote with BloodPop, is her fourth nomination; she and Bradley Cooper won an Oscar for “Shallow” in 2019.
The song “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman” earned Diane Warren her 14th Oscar nomination, making her another candidate. At the Governors Awards last year, the prolific songwriter received an honorary Oscar.
The Chandrabose-written “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” by M.M. Keeravaani and “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once” are also up for best original song. Ryan Lott, who together with his band Son Lux was also nominated for best original score, worked with Mitski, David Byrne, and Ryan Lott to compose the latter song.