‘Naatu Naatu’ from director SS. Rajamouli’s Rise Roar Revolt (RRR) won the best original song at the 95th Oscar Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California yesterday.
In a field full of heavy hitters like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and perennial nominee Diane Warren, “Naatu Naatu” became the first-ever song from an Indian film to win the prize, reports NPR News.
Songwriters M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose received Oscar statuettes, but the success of “Naatu Naatu” had many authors, from the stars who danced to it in RRR (N.T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan) to the vocalists who performed it (Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava) to the choreographer who helped make its video a viral sensation (Prem Rakshith).
“Naatu Naatu” was widely considered the frontrunner in this year’s field of nominees, which included Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” (from Top Gun: Maverick), Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” (from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Sofia Carson’s “Applause” (from Tell It Like a Woman) and Son Lux, David Byrne and Mitski’s “This Is a Life” (from Everything Everywhere All At Once).