These Chart-Topping Singers Have All Been Nominated For An Oscar

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While the Oscars celebrate today’s best actors, the Academy has honored several singers for their contributions to film soundtracks or making the jump from singing to acting. Curious to know who they are? Scroll through the slideshow to find out.

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Billie Eilish (and her brother Finneas) earned their first-ever Oscar nominations this year. Their single “No Time To Die” from the James Bond film of the same name received a nod for Best Original Song. The siblings called the nomination “a peak life experience.”

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Beyoncé is one of the most-awarded artists of all time. This year, she might add Oscar winner to her list of achievements. She received a Best Original Song nom for “Be Alive” from King Richard. She’s also performing at the ceremony, which is a win for all viewers.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is a two-time Oscar nominee. He was first nominated for Best Original Song in 2017 for his Moana single, “How Far I’ll Go.” He earned his second nomination in the category this year for “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto.

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Will Smith has four Oscar noms, including three for Best Actor. He was nominated for his starring roles in 2001’s Ali, 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness, and this year’s King Richard. Producing the 2022 film about Venus and Serena Williams also earned him a nod for Best Picture.

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H.E.R.’s first Oscar nomination last year ended in a win. The star’s single “Fight You” from the film Judas and the Black Messiah was named Best Original Song.

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Andra Day made her feature film debut in the 2021 biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Her portrayal of the jazz singer earned Day her first Oscar nomination last year for Best Actress.

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Elton John has earned four Oscar nominations for Best Original Song throughout his career. He’s won twice: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King in 1994 and “(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman in 2019.

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Lady Gaga earned her first Best Original Song nomination in 2016 for co-writing The Hunting Ground’s “Til It Happens To You” with Diane Warren. She finally took home the prize in 2019 for A Star Is Born’s “Shallow.” Gaga also received a Best Actress nomination for the film.

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Mary J. Blige received two nominations at the 2018 Oscars for Mudbound: Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song. She didn’t win in either category but is the first person nominated for an acting and song category in the same year. Gaga also achieved the feat a year later.


Following the success of SZA and Kendrick Lamar’s “All The Stars” from Black Panther, the duo earned their first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 2019.

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Justin Timberlake was nominated for Best Original Song in 2017 alongside co-writers Max Martin and Shellback. The track that earned them a spot in the category was “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls.

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Before Billie and Finneas, Sam Smith also earned an Oscar nomination (and win) alongside songwriter Jimmy Napes for their James Bond theme song. In 2016, they won Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre.

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The Weeknd’s smash hit “Earned It” from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack earned him his first-ever Oscar nomination in 2016 alongside co-writers Belly, DaHeala, and Stephan Moccio.

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John Legend and Common were joint winners of Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars. They won for the triumphant track “Glory” from Selma. Fun facts: John Legend also completed the EGOT feat, while Common was nominated again in 2018 for “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall.

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Pharrell Williams has been nominated for two Oscars. “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 garnered a Best Original Song nom in 2014. He also received a Best Picture nom for co-producing Hidden Figures in 2017.

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Adele kicked off the winning James Bond trend with “Skyfall” from the film of the same name. She won Best Original Song at the 2014 Oscars. It was Adele’s first Oscar win and nomination.

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Jennifer Hudson was crowned Best Supporting Actress at the 2007 Oscars for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls. It also marked her first nomination at the Academy Awards.

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U2 earned their first Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for “The Hands That Built America” from Gangs of New York in 2003. Their second nom came in 2014 for “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

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Queen Latifah was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2003 Oscars for her role as Matron “Mama” Morton in the film adaptation of the musical Chicago.

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Eminem’s hit single “Lose Yourself” from his film debut 8 Mile earned him his first Oscar nomination and win for Best Original Song at the 2003 Oscars. The film was loosely inspired by his own life growing up around Detroit.

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Cher’s two Oscar nominations surprisingly weren’t for music. In 1984, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Silkwood. Then, in 1988, she earned a nomination for Best Actress in Moonstruck, which she won.

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Barbra Streisand is a five-time Oscar nominee. She earned her first nomination (and win) in 1969 for Best Actress as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. She won again in 1977 for Best Original Song for “Evergreen” from her adaption of A Star Is Born.

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