LOS ANGELES – Rihanna will follow up her soaring Super Bowl halftime show with a performance at the Super Bowl of movies: the Oscars.
Producers of the telecast said Thursday that the music superstar will sing “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
“Lift Me Up,” with music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson and lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler, is nominated for original song. It is the Barbadian superstar’s first Oscar nomination.
The song, which was also nominated for best song at the Golden Globes, peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
“Wakanda Forever” is up for five Oscars, including best supporting actress for Angela Bassett for her role as Queen Ramonda.
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Earlier this month, Rihanna, 35, dressed in an unzipped crimson red jumpsuit over a catsuit and bralette, plowed through a dozen of her hits in 13 minutes at Super Bowl 57 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The halftime performance doubled as an announcement to the world that she was pregnant with her second child.
Rihanna could be seen caressing her stomach during the performance, a nod to her soon-to-be bundle of joy. The singer’s representative confirmed the pregnancy shortly after she ended her set.
Rihanna welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with rapper A$AP Rocky last May.
When she got the calI from the Super Bowl, “I was like, ‘Are you sure?’ Like, ‘I’m three months postpartum. Should I be making major decisions like this right now? I might regret this,’ ” she said at a pre-Super Bowl news conference. “But when you become a mom, there’s something that just happens where you feel like you could take on the world, you can do anything.”
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The 95th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on ABC on March 12.
Among Oscar competitors that Rihanna faces is Lady Gaga, who was nominated for “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick.” Gaga co-wrote the song with BloodPop and it’s her fourth nomination; she won an Oscar in 2019 for “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper.
Another nominee is Diane Warren, who received her 14th Oscar nomination through her song “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman.” The prolific songwriter was recognized with an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards last year.
Other best original song nominees are M.M. Keeravaani’s “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” which was written by Chandrabose, and “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The latter track was created by Mitski, David Byrne and Ryan Lott, who along with his band Son Lux was also nominated for best original score.
Contributing: Edward Segarra and Kim Willis, USA TODAY; Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic; and The Associated Press
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