Break out those suspenders and dancing shoes, M.M. Keeravaani’s joyously energetic anthem “Naatu Naatu” will be performed at the Oscars, the show’s producers said Tuesday.
With music by Keeravaani and lyrics by Chandrabose, “Naatu Naatu” is one of the most memorable sequences from the Telgu-language action epic ” RRR ” with its catchy tune and accompanying dance by actors Ram Charan and N.T. Rama Rao Jr.
Singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will make the journey to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to perform the song.
“Naatu Naatu” has become a viral sensation outside of the film, racking up over 122 million views on YouTube and inspiring a TikTok challenge where users attempt to recreate the acrobatic dance-off. South Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok’s 53-second rendition has gotten over 4.8 million views since it was posted Sunday on Twitter.
The tune is competing for the best original song trophy — the blockbuster’s sole nomination — against the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Mitski and David Byrne and Diane Warren. Rihanna will also be performing “Lift Me Up,” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on Oscar night. More performances will be announced over the next two weeks.
The 95th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be broadcast live globally on ABC on March 12.
Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava. “Naatu Naatu.” LIVE at the 95th Oscars.
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