The 95th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on Sunday, 12 March 2023, and will be broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood at 8p.m. EST/5p.m. PST.
Rihanna Set to Perform Lift Me Up At the 2023 Oscars
US singer Rihanna, fresh off of her record-breaking 2023 Super Bowl Halftime performance, is scheduled to perform her Oscar-nominated song “Lift Me Up” from Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.
The song, co-written by Rihanna, Tems, Ludwig Göransson, and the film’s director Ryan Coogler, is nominated for best original song at this year’s Oscars, marking the music superstar’s first-ever Academy Award nomination.
The 95th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on Sunday, 12 March 2023. It will be broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood at 8p.m. EST/5p.m. PST.
The news of the Oscars performance comes not long after Rihanna announced during this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, where she performed live for the first time in seven years, that she’s expecting her second child with rapper A$AP Rocky.
The nine-time Grammy-winner dazzled Super Bowl viewers earlier this month with a soaring, solo half-time show. The 13-minute performance was highly anticipated by her fans, many of whom had not seen her perform since she graced the Grammys stage in 2018 to perform ‘Wild Thoughts’ with DJ Khaled.
In the last few years, Rihanna has taken a break from music to focus on her business ventures, like her Fenty Beauty make-up brand and her Savage X Fenty lingerie line.
Speaking about her return to music after her seven-year hiatus, the singer said she is at a point where she wants to explore creatively.
“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,” she said ahead of her Super Bowl performance.
“Lift Me Up” will compete for the best original song title against Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” written for “Top Gun: Maverick”. Other nominees 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”.