AceShowbiz - Rihanna was back on stage at the 2023 Academy Awards following her much talked-about Super Bowl halftime show. The Barbadian artist, who is currently pregnant with her second child with A$AP Rocky, was billed to perform "Lift Me Up" from "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever".
Dressing her baby bump in a chic black Alaia dress with a leather skirt with a long train and sheer mesh paneling at the torso, the Grammy Award winner was introduced by Danai Gurira, who called the singer "royalty in her own right." She was joined by an orchestra and backing singers as she sang on a platform.
The song marks Rihanna's first solo single in six years since she released her album "Anti" in 2016. It was up for Best Original Song at the Sunday, March 12 ceremony, but eventually lost it to "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR".
Lady GaGa earlier delivered a stripped down, yet powerful rendition of "Hold My Hand" from "Top Gun: Maverick". Her performance came as a surprise since it was previously reported that she wouldn't perform at the show due to her busy schedule with "Joker: Folie a Deux" filming.
Sofia Carson and Diane Warren also performed "Applause" from "Tell It Like a Woman", Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj delivered a lively performance of Best Song winner "Naatu Naatu", while David Byrne, Stephanie Hsu and Son Lux joined forces to perform "This Is a Life" from "Everything Everywhere All at Once".
"Everything Everywhere" was the biggest winner at the Oscars with seven wins out of its eleven nominations. It snagged the coveted Best Picture in addition to Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh as well as Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis respectively.