Here’s What Fans Are Saying About Beyoncé’s Lack of Oscar Nomination for ‘Spirit’ From ‘The Lion King’

The Beyhive is not happy with the recently announced Oscar nominations. Did Beyoncé earn a Grammy nomination for her original song, “Spirit” from The Lion King? Here’s what we know about the Academy Awards and the pop diva who ruled the Pridelands of Disney’s The Lion King.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of Disney's 'The Lion King'
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

Beyoncé performed the song ‘Spirit’ for Disney’s 2019 adaptation of ‘The Lion King’

During summer 2019, Queen Bey also became the queen of Pride Rock. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter appeared in Disney’s photo-real adaptation of The Lion King as adult Nala. While she performed songs from the original animated movie, this artist created the song “Spirit” specifically for this blockbuster. Since its premiere, “Spirit” earned over 40 million plays on the streaming platform Spotify.

The artist took her involvement one step further, creating the album, The Lion King: The Gift. This collection of songs told the story of Disney’s The Lion King, while celebrating African culture, music, and artists. In fact, Beyoncé sings “Spirit” for The Lion King: The Gift, in addition to the film’s original soundtrack.

Beyoncé earned a nomination at the 2020 Golden Globes

For Beyoncé’s involvement with The Lion King, the actress earned a nomination at the Golden Globes. However, Queen Bey lost the award for “Best Original Song” to Elton John’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman. As a result, some fans turned to the Oscars, hoping Beyoncé would earn a nomination at the 92nd annual award ceremony.

Unfortunately, when the Academy announced the Oscar nominations, Beyoncé was not given a nomination for Best Original Song. Other prominent women in the industry were “snubs” of their nominations, including Greta Gerwig for directing Little Women and Jennifer Lopez for acting in Hustlers.

“Was live on [Good Morning America] during Oscar nominations, so couldn’t react live on Twitter, but all I have to say is WOW,” Elizabeth Wagmeister wrote on Twitter. “So many surprises…no #JLo, no #Beyoncé, no Taron… no female directors… again!”

Some fans took to social media, sharing their anger over the Oscar nominations

As a result of the Oscar announcement, some Beyoncé fans took to social media, sharing their outrage that she did not earn a nomination. One Twitter user said, “feeling some kinda way about the Oscar Noms leaving out JLo for Hustlers, Lupita Nyongo for US, (I mean come on she played two roles in the movie), and nothing for Beyoncé’s contribution to [The Lion King’s] soundtrack.”

“The #GoldenGIobes, Oscars, GRAMMYs never want to see a black woman win. We all know Beyoncé had the greatest soundtrack for The Lion King and that’s on Hakuna Matata,” another Twitter user wrote.

Nominees in the Best Original Song category include “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2 and “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4. The 92nd Academy Awards take place on Feb. 9, 2020.

Music by Beyoncé, including her most recently-released album The Lion King: The Gift, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major streaming platforms. The Lion King will be available on Disney’s subscription service, Disney+, starting on Jan. 28, 2020.