As Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel made clear throughout his 2023 Oscars opening monologue, Rihanna was within the constructing (as was her nine-month-old son, who Kimmel additionally mentioned had pooped backstage throughout rehearsals).
Because of the beautiful ballad “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Perpetually, the celebrity scored her first Oscar nomination alongside Tems, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson. For the tune’s dwell debut, Rihanna — whom actress Danai Gurira launched as “royalty in her own right” — delivered a hovering efficiency.
Surrounded by a full band, string part and backup vocalists “Lift Me Up” got here to life as Rih sang with palpable ardour to honor the late Chadwick Boseman. Standing on a middle platform draped in diamonds, when she declared “Lift me up… I need love” the stage obliged, elevating her just a few inches into the air (nothing in comparison with her sky-high Tremendous Bowl efficiency).
“Lift Me Up” marked Rihanna’s long-awaited return to music and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Scorching 100. As Göransson beforehand informed Billboard, talking of the movie’s remaining scene by which the tune performs: “When you hear her voice and the lyrics, that’s the point where you finally take it all in. You can see what a great filmmaker [director] Ryan [Coogler] is because in the scene right before you hear the song, it’s absolute silence. You see all these flashbacks, all these memories, and then you interrupt that [with] a song honoring Chadwick and [his character], T’Challa.”
The efficiency was celebrated with a standing ovation whereas the digicam panned to A$AP Rocky, who lifted his champagne flute to the sky.