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Rihanna earned her nod for “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Released in November, the song marked Rihanna’s first original composition in many years, and the singer shares songwriting credit with director Ryan Coogler, Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson and Nigerian singer Tems.
RRR‘s “Naatu Naatu” also earned a nomination following its win in this category at both the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards, with the film’s composer M. M. Keeravani sharing songwriting credit with lyricist Chandrabose.
Also among the nominees were Lady Gaga, a previous winner in this category for A Star Is Born, for Top Gun: Maverick‘s “Hold My Hand,” co-written with Bloodpop. Diane Warren, who maintains her record as the most-nominated songwriter without a win, received her 14th nomination for “Applause,” from the anthology film Tell It Like a Woman. (Warren and Gaga previously were nominated together for composing “‘Til It Happens to You” from the 2015 doc The Hunting Ground.)
Also a previous Oscar winner back in this year’s race is David Byrne, whose original score for The Last Emperor won him an Oscar in 1988 (which he shared with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Cong Su). This year, his Everything Everywhere All at Once song “This Is a Life,” written and performed with the band Son Lux and singer-songwriter Mitski, has earned Byrne a second Oscar nom and a first for his collaborators.
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