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Hot on the heels of her iconic Super Bowl halftime performance, internet-breaking pregnancy reveal, and her very first Oscar nomination, Rihanna is set to perform during the 2023 Academy Awards telecast on March 12. (You read that right!)
On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the Anti artist will perform live during the 95th awards ceremony. The Savage X Fenty mogul will likely sing her song, “Lift Me Up” — the lead single of the Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever original soundtrack that’s nominated for Best Original Song. Rihanna is nominated alongside co-writers Tems, Ludwig Göransson and director Ryan Coogler for the highly celebrated track.
Rihanna. 'Lift Me Up.' LIVE at the 95th Oscars.
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— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 23, 2023
Other contenders in the category include Diane Warren’s song “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose’s “Naatu Naatu” from RRR, Ryan Lott, David Byrne, and Mitski’s “This Is a Life” from Everything, Everywhere All At Once, and Lady Gaga’s track “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick.
The song marked the Grammy-winner’s first new track in six years, and pays homage to the life of actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T’Challa in the first installment of Black Panther. Boseman passed away in 2020 from colon cancer at the age of 43.
On Feb. 12, the mega-watt superstar performed during the Apple Music Halftime Show at the 2023 Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona and took the opportunity to announce her second pregnancy on stage. Rihanna revealed her burgeoning baby bump as she performed her greatest hits including “We Found Love,” “Where Have You Been?” “Work,” “Diamonds” and “Umbrella.” Rihanna and her partner, rapper A$AP Rocky are parents of a 9-month-old baby boy.
The 2023 Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and more performers and presenters will be announced in the coming days. The annual ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 12, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.