Listen to the Best Original Song Nominees for the 2016 Oscars (AUDIO)

The nominations are in for the 2016 Oscars, and the Best Original Song category has once again taken some of the biggest stars in music and turned them into Academy Award nominees. (I know, it’s a crazy kind of alchemy)

Among the music superstars now in Oscar’s good graces are Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd (albeit under his birth name, Abel Tesfaye). But what songs got them one step closer to Oscar glory? It’s an absolutely outstanding lineup of finalists, and one of the best final five we’ve gotten since “Let It Go” squared off against “Happy” in The Battle of the Songs You Still Can’t Successfully Escape Two Years Later.

Listen to the Best Original Song Nominees 2016 Oscars (AUDIO)

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Anyway, it should be a fun year for this category, particularly for the performances on the live telecast. If nothing else, there’s the intrigue of seeing if Lady Gaga can steal the show for a second straight year.

Until then, have a listen to the five Oscar nominees for Best Original Song at the 88th Academy Awards below:


“Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty

“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
Music and Lyric by David Lang

“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio

“Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

If I had to pick today, I think it’s Lady Gaga’s Oscar to lose. But I really could see Sam Smith or The Weeknd taking it as well. I know it’s a massive cop-out, but I really have no idea which way this is going to go. The Academy’s tastes are as random as an infant’s. And I mean that in the nicest possible way (seriously, I’m loving the variety in this category over the years).

What do you think of the Best Original Song nominees? Who’s going to win? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on the Oscars, check out the complete list of nominations for the 88th Academy Awards!

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