Rihanna returns to the stage once again to sing her Oscar-nominated song.
The superstar performed the Oscar-nominated song “Lift Me Up” from the blockbuster movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Created with the film’s director Ryan Coogler and Nigerian musician and songwriter Tems, the stunning song pays homage to the film’s original star, Chadwick Boseman, who passed away. For the show, Rihanna donned a sheer black babydoll-style top covered in shimmering crystals, matching lace pants, and stylish leather gloves by Maison Margiela.
The performance is Rihanna’s first return to the stage since her world-famous halftime performance for the Super Bowl last month, as well as announcing she is pregnant with her second child.
While the icon has yet to fully confirm whether new music is actually on the way (among many successful fashion and beauty ventures, she also oversees it), fans are grateful to see the singer on stage once again. Rihanna also stated that her son inspired her to re-embrace this side of her career, especially after becoming a mother.
“Preparing for the Super Bowl was so scary because I haven’t been on stage for seven years, there’s something refreshing about the difficulty of it all,” Rihanna said in an interview with Apple Music last month. “And it’s important for me to do that this year. It’s important for representation, it’s important for my son to see that.”