Beyoncé is no stranger to bagging awards as she has won tons of them throughout her career. The Oscars however, is a different gravy and now the queen herself has made her name into one of the nominations.
Beyoncé picked up her first Oscar nomination on Tuesday for best original song for “Be Alive”. It is a pulsing power ballad that she wrote with the songwriter Dixson for “King Richard”, a biopic about the father of Venus and Serena Williams. She is also the only living female artist with the most Grammy wins.
The song plays during the film’s end credits of the movie. It is also accompanied by archival footage of the real Williams family. It features inspirational lyrics that recount the journey the Williams sisters have taken to the top of the tennis world.
Backed by a drum-heavy beat and layered vocal harmonies, Beyoncé sings in a soaring voice which will give listeners goosebumps. Other lyrics speak to the importance of Black pride, family, and sisterhood. The chorus underscores the importance of having the singer’s “family,” “sisters” and “tribe” by her side.
This is not the first time Queen B has been nominated in a major award ceremony. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Deena Jones in the 2006 film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls”. She also starred as the R&B singer Etta James in the 2008 biopic “Cadillac Records” and voiced Nala in the 2019 live-action remake of “The Lion King”.
The competition for the spot of best original song will be a very juicy affair as the other nominations are also at par with each other. Billie Eilish and Finneas, Van Morrison, Miranda, etc are among the big names competing in this category. We can only hope for her to ace the category and win her maiden Oscar.
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