Beyoncé (40) and Jay-Z (52) are both shortlisted for the Oscars for Best Original Song. The singer with the song ‘Be Alive’ from the movie ‘King Richard’ and the rapper with ‘Guns Go Bang’ from ‘The Harder They Fall’. Should they make it to the five remaining nominees, it will be the first time in Academy Awards history that a couple will compete in the same category. This reports ‘Billboard’.

Members of the Academy’s music branch reduced the number of submissions from 84 to 15. Of those, 10 still need to be dropped to make the final nominees. All eligible voters within the organization may then vote. It is striking that all nominees for Best Original Song from the Golden Globe Awards and the Critic Choice Awards are on the Oscar shortlist.

Although Beyoncé won no less than 28 Grammys and already performed at the Oscars, she still failed to be nominated. The song she sang for King Richard , the film about the life of Richard Williams, father of tennis players Venus and Serena, could change that.

Other artists on the shortlist include Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, U2, Jennifer Hudson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana Grande and Van Morrison.


The nominations will be announced on February 8, 2022, the Academy Awards themselves will be presented on March 27.