Rihanna to perform at 2023 Oscars after breaking viewership record during Super Bowl LVII halftime show

During the upcoming Oscars, the renowned music icon Rihanna is set to perform “Lift Me Up,” a track from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack which she created alongside Tems, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Göransson. 

The song has been nominated for best original song, representing Rihanna’s inaugural Oscar nomination. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 95th Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on March 12th. In a recent half-time show at the Super Bowl, Rihanna thrilled viewers with a stunning solo performance, where she publicly announced her pregnancy with rapper A$AP Rocky.

Riri’s devoted fans were eagerly anticipating her 13-minute performance, as she had not taken the stage since her appearance at the 2018 Grammys to perform ‘Wild Thoughts’ alongside DJ Khaled.

During the past few years, Rihanna has diverted her attention away from music to focus on her business endeavors, including her Fenty Beauty makeup line and Savage X Fenty lingerie collection.

Her latest track, ‘Lift Me Up,’ is Rihanna’s first solo recording since the release of her 2016 album, ANTI.

Regarding her comeback after a seven-year hiatus, she expressed her desire to explore her creative side.

After the Super Bowl performance, Rihanna shared, “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.” 

By performing at the Oscars, the music icon joins an elite group of musicians such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga, who have previously captivated audiences with their musical talents on the Academy Award stage.

Her nominated song, ‘Lift Me Up,’ will compete for the best original song title against Lady Gaga’s ‘Hold My Hand’ from Top Gun: Maverick, marking the latter’s fourth Oscar nomination.

Other contenders for the best original song award include Diane Warren for ‘Applause’ from the film Tell It Like a Woman, ‘This Is A Life’ from Ryan Lott, Mitski, and David Byrne from the film Everything Everywhere All At Once, and ‘Naatu Naatu’ by M M Keeravaani and Chandrabose from the Indian action film RRR.

RiRi boasts nine Grammy Awards, eight multi-platinum albums, and an impressive 14 singles that have topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Are you excited to watch the superstar perform at the Oscars? We would love to hear from you.

Maheen Zaib

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