Rihanna and Tems earned their first Oscar nomination Tuesday (Jan. 24) morning for Best Original Song from the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The song, “Lift Me Up,” was released in October of 2022 and marked Rihanna’s first solo project since her 2016 studio album, ANTI. It peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Tems and Ryan Coogler are credited as writers.
The single was nominated alongside “Hold My Hand” by Lady Gaga for Top Gun: Maverick, “Applause” by Diane Warren from Tell It Like a Woman, and “Naatu Naatu” from RRR. Marvel Studios’ Twitter account shared, “Congratulations to Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson on their Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song ‘Lift Me Up’ for Marvel Studios’Black Panther: #WakandaForever! #OscarNoms.”
The Black Panther sequel was released on Nov. 11, 2022. Aside from Best Original Song, the Marvel film received four other Oscar nominations. The categories include Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and is set to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, March 12.