2023 is proving as a hot revival year for Rihanna, who is confirmed to perform in this year's Oscars. "Lift Me Up," which was of Riri's rare releases since her 2016 Anti album, will be performed live. The track was released on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, which also features Stormzy, Tobe Nwigwe, and CKay. This soft and soulful ballad is also up for the Best Original Song award this year. Variety reports that this nomination marks the Barbadian singer's first Oscars recognition.
Just earlier this month, Rihanna stunned fans with her Super Bowl halftime performance. Her energetic show relived the hype of the most recognizable hits of her career. Songs like "Rude Boy," "Work," and "Wild Thoughts" all lit up at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona. To top off her highly-anticipated performance, Rihanna confirmed her second pregnancy with rapper A$AP Rocky.
Rihanna Nominated For Her First Oscars With "Lift Me Up"
The 95th Academy Award ceremony will take place on March 12th this year, and the other nominations have already caused a stir amongst audiences. Although Black Panther: Wakanda Forever didn't make it as a contender for Best Picture, Angela Bassett is nominated for her supporting role in the film. Additionally, Ruth Carter is up for her hair and makeup for the movie, while the visual effects team has received a nomination as well. In 2019, the prequel to Wakanda Forever ended up claiming three Oscars, including the Best Original Song award.
Last year, the Academy Awards made headlines for the controversial feud between host Chris Rock and Will Smith. The infamous slap that ensued has reportedly caused the award ceremony to enact a crisis team this year. With Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show this year, Bill Kramer, the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reflected on his plan to combat any turbulence. He told Time Magazine, "it is our hope that we will be prepared for anything that we may not anticipate right now but that we’re planning for just in case it does happen.” For more news on pop culture and hip hop, don't miss out on HNHH.