USA | Feb 23, 2023

Rihanna to perform ‘Lift Me Up’ at the Oscars next month

Mikala Johnson

Mikala Johnson / Our Today

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Singer Rihanna. (File Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Music superstar Rihanna is set to follow-up her controversial Super Bowl halftime show with a performance of her Oscar-nominated song, Lift Me Up, at the 95th Academy Awards next month.

Producers of the telecast said today (February 23) that the music superstar will sing Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The song, with music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson and lyric by Tems and Ryan Coogler, is nominated for original song. It is Rihanna’s first Oscar nomination.

Earlier this month, the Barbadian superstar, dressed in a bright red jumpsuit, belted out 12 of her hits in 13 minutes, during the Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Rihanna performs during the Super Bowl halftime show. (File Photo: REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

The performance doubled as an announcement to the world that she was pregnant with her second child.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 95th Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on March 12.

Among Oscar competitors who Rihanna will be facing is Lady Gaga, who was nominated for Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick. Lady Gaga co-wrote the song with BloodPop and it’s her fourth nomination. She won an Oscar in 2019 for Shallow with Bradley Cooper from A Star Is Born.

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 recognised with an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards last year.


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