The pop star isn’t about to stop the music any time soon.
After a performance of a lifetime at this year’s Super Bowl, Rihanna is already planning her next return to the stage.
The showrunners of the 95th Academy Awards announced that Rihanna will be performing “Lift Me Up” from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack at this year’s Oscars.
The song, co-written by Rihanna, Tems, Ludwig Göransson, and the film’s director Ryan Coogler, is a tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life,” said Nigerian singer Tems.
“Lift Me Up” served as Rihanna’s return to music, since her 2016 single “Love on the Brain.” This also marks her first Academy Award nod as the ballad is nominated for best original song.
Other nominees include Lady Gaga and BloodPop for “Hold My Hand” (Top Gun: Maverick), M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose for “Naatu Naatu” (RRR), Diane Warren for “Applause” (Tell It Like a Woman), and Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski for “This Is a Life” (Everything Everywhere All at Once).
Just ahead of her Super Bowl performance, the singer’s partner, A$AP Rocky, was excited to confirm that she’s back to making new music again.
“There’s this pressure that I put on myself,” Rihanna said in an interview with British Vogue. “That if it’s not better than [2016 album Anti] then it is not even worth it … It’s not the right way to look at music because music is an outlet and a space to create, and you can create whatever.”
The pop star is eager to just have fun and release new music and videos this year.
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