After pulling off an amazing performance at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show, Rihanna will now take the stage at the Oscars next month.
“Producers of the telecast said Thursday that the music superstar will sing “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Daily Mail reported Thursday.
“Lift Me Up, with music by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Göransson and lyrics by Tems and Ryan Coogler, is nominated for original song.
And this is Rihanna’s first-ever Oscar nomination. The award show will be broadcasted live on ABC on March 12.
Earlier this month, the 34-year-old Barbadian singer put on a jaw-dropping performance in front of a worldwide audience of millions at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs were competing.
This marks her first appearance on live television since 2018, when she teamed up with DJ Khaled to sing “Wild Thoughts” at the Grammy Awards.
Rihanna kicked off the performance while suspended high above the stage on a platform, singing her hit song “B**** Better Have My Money.” She was sporting a loose-fitting scarlet jumpsuit that hid her figure and was loosely secured on her.
Rihanna stepped out in style, sporting a suit paired with a bold pair of red sneakers. She took the stage, surrounded by a troupe of white-clad dancers, as the platform she was standing on descended towards the crowd.
The pop star kept her choreography simple, allowing her backup dancers to take the lead, as she ran through a set of 12 hit songs. The audience erupted as she transitioned into “Where Have You Been,” followed by her smash hit “Only Girl (In The World)”.
Her performance continued with crowd-pleasers like “We Found Love,” “Rude Boy,” and “Work,” although her collaborator Drake was not present for the latter. She also performed “Wild Thoughts” and “Pour It Up.”
RiRi made some bold song choices, including a snippet of her verse from Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights,” as well as a performance of part of Jay-Z’s “Run This Town,” which originally featured West. West, however, has faced controversy for making anti-Semitic comments, including reportedly praising Adolf Hitler.
The singer brought her set to a close with a dynamic finale of “Umbrella” and “Diamonds.”
This show marked Rihanna’s first performance since the birth of her first child in May of 2022, whom she shares with her partner, rapper A$AP Rocky, of three years.
During the performance, Rihanna’s attire, cautious strides, and noticeable belly sparked widespread speculation on the internet. And, within an hour, a spokesperson confirmed that she is indeed expecting her second child.
To win an Oscar award, Rihanna is competing against her fellow singer and superstar, Lady Gaga, who has been nominated for her “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick.”
“Another nominee is Diane Warren, who received her 14th Oscar nomination through her song Applause from Tell It Like a Woman,” per Daily Mail. “The prolific songwriter was recognized with an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards last year.”
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Source: Daily Mail