Gaga Up for Second Oscar, but Rihanna in the Mix

In a surprise, entry from Taylor Swift does not get a best-song nomination
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2023 2:43 PM CST

Lady Gaga and Rihanna earned Oscar nominations Tuesday in a best original song category that found Taylor Swift left out, per the AP. Gaga was nominated for "Hold My Hand" from Top Gun: Maverick, while Rihanna became a first-time nominee through "Lift Me Up," a song from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The music superstars will compete at the 2023 Academy Awards in March. Swift’s "Carolina" from Where the Crawdads Sing failed to get a nomination in the category. The song was considered an Oscar hopeful after receiving nominations for other awards including the Golden Globes.

Gaga co-wrote the Top Gun song with BloodPop, the uber-talented producer-songwriter who has created songs for several big names including Madonna, Britney Spears, and Justin Bieber. It’s the fourth nomination for Gaga, who won an Oscar in 2019 for "Shallow" with Bradley Cooper. Rihanna made her long-waited return to music with a major splash on the ballad "Lift Me Up," which was written as a tribute to the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died from cancer in 2020. She created the song with Tems, the film’s director Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Goransson, who took home an Oscar four years ago for his work on the first Black Panther film.

Diane Warren 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. (See the 2023 Oscar nominees in the big categories, and what is perhaps the biggest snub.)

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