The Oscars are never complete without live performances from the nominees for ‘Best Original Song,’ and this year was no exception…
Pregnant Rihanna performs “Lift Me Up” at the 2023 Academy Awards
“Lift Me Up” is a love song written by Rihanna for the Marvel film and dedicated to the film’s star, the late actor Chadwick Boseman. The singer wrote the song alongside director Ryan Coogler, Tems, and the film’s composer Ludgwig Goransson.
This performance, which she gave while she was pregnant, is the beginning of her comeback, and she has already signaled that she will almost certainly release her ninth studio album this year.
Announcing her comeback to the music scene, the Barbadian icon said in public: “I’m feeling open to exploring, discovering, creating things that are new, things that are different, things that are off, weird. Might not ever make sense to my fans … I want to have fun with music.”
Rihanna stunned in a see-through leather dress with a dominatrix-inspired neckline that revealed her growing baby bump. The singer paired the provocative ensemble with dazzling earrings and a massive gem ring.
Rihanna wore her hair up in a bun and sported a dramatic makeup look with a bright red lip and thick eyeliner.
Rihanna, who has been called Hollywood “royalty,” delivered a stellar performance that will be talked about for years to come in the city of angels.
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Neither Lady Gaga nor Rihanna won Best Original Song at tonight’s Academy Awards, putting an end to their fierce competition for the award.
“Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick and “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever were the two songs that everyone was talking about when the nominations were announced earlier this year.
On Sunday night, however, “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” took home the Oscar for Best Original Song.
He has already achieved great success in the 2023 awards season, having won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards for best song for his composition of “Naatu Naatu,” featured in the Bollywood blockbuster RRR.
The 61-year-old said: “I grew up listening to The Carpenters and now here I am with the Oscars.”
He went on to sing: “There was only one wish on my mind…RRR has to win, pride of every Indian, and must put me on top of your world.”