The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12 and it was revealed today (Feb 23) that there will be a major reason for music fans to tune in: Rihanna will be performing her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever song “Lift Me Up” during the Oscars broadcast.
This, of course, comes on the heels of Rihanna’s recent darling performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.
“Lift Me Up” is nominated for Best Original Song at the 2023 ceremony (her first Oscar nomination), as are Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” and Bloodpop by Top Gun: Maverick; “Applause” by Diane Warren of say it like a woman; “Naatu Naatu” by MM Keeravaani and RRR’s Chandrabose; and Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski’s “This Is A Life” from Everything everywhere at once. “Naatu Naatu” already has a win this season, as it was named Best Original Song, Motion Picture at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards over nominees for Rihanna, Gaga and others.
“Lift Me Up” co-writer Tems previously said of the song: “After speaking with [director Ryan Coogler] and hearing his direction for the movie and the song, I wanted to write something that represents a warm hug from all the End-shutdown I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine how I would feel if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them. Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so to hear her broadcast this song is such an honor.”