LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lady Gaga and Rihanna each earned Oscar nominations Tuesday in the best original song category, leaving out Taylor Swift.
Gaga was nominated for “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”, while Rihanna was nominated for the first time through “Lift Me Up”, a song from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. The music superstar will compete at the 2023 Academy Awards in March.
Swift’s “Carolina” failed to receive a nomination in the “Where the Crawdads Sing” category. The song was considered an Oscar hopeful after receiving nominations for other awards, including the Golden Globes.
Gaga co-wrote the song “Top Gun” with Bloodpop, the uber-talented producer-songwriter who has produced songs for big names including Madonna, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. This is the fourth nomination for Gaga, who won an Oscar in 2019 for “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper.
Rihanna made a long-awaited return to music with the ballad “Lift Me Up,” which was written as a tribute to late “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in 2020. He created the song with Thames, the film’s director Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Goransson, who won an Oscar four years earlier for his work on the first “Black Panther” film.
Diane Warren received her 14th Oscar nomination for her rendition of “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman”. The prolific lyricist was honored with an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards last year.
Other Best Original Song nominees are “Naatu Naatu” from MM Keeravani’s “RRR”, which was written by Chandrabose, and “This is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. The latter track was composed by Mitsky, David Byrne and Ryan Lott, who also nominated for Best Original Score with their band Son Lux.