Beyonce has earned her first Academy Award nomination, with "Be Alive" from King Richard up for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars. Billie Eilish’s "No Time to Die" for the James Bond movie of the same name is also nominated in the category, alongside songs by Diane Warren, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Van Morrison.
“Be Alive” marked Beyoncé’s first new original music since her 2020 visual album Black Is King, written for the biopic about the father of Serena and Venus Williams. Last year, Beyoncé set a new record at the Grammys for most awards held by a woman, overtaking the singer and bluegrass artist Alison Krauss with her Best R&B Performance win for “Black Parade.”
Eilish’s “No Time to Die” took home the Golden Globe for Best Original Song earlier this year. In recent years, Best Original Song was won by H.E.R., Elton John, and Lady Gaga. The Coco song “Remember Me” won in 2018 over Sufjan Stevens’ Call Me By Your Name standout "Mystery of Love“ La La Land’s “City of Stars” won the award in 2017—the same year that film was erroneously announced as Best Picture.
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Best Original Song 2022 nominees:
Beyoncé: “Be Alive” (King Richard)
Lin Manuel-Miranda: “Dos Oruguitas” (Encanto)
Van Morrison: “Down to Joy” (Belfast)
Billie Eilish: “No Time to Die” (No Time to Die)
Diane Warren: “Somehow You Do” (Four Good Days)