Sam Smith and The Weeknd both earned themselves first time nominations at the 2016 Oscars for the Original Song in a movie category. Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” was featured in the movie Spectre, and ended up taking home the award over The Weeknd’s “Earned It”, which was featured in Fifty Shades of Grey. Lady Gaga also received her first (surprising) nomination for her song “Till It Happens To You” for the movie The Hunting Ground. After Smith received the award, he mistakenly called himself the first openly gay man to win the Oscar, but nonetheless he beautifully dedicated his first Oscar to the LGBT community.
Smith has become pop’s biggest name in a short period of time. After taking home 4 Grammys last year (including Best New Artist), Smith has become a staple in music and the LGBT community. He joins Lady Gaga in representing equality for marriage and sexual orientation.
Lady Gaga did not take home an award, but she stole the show with her powerful performance, in which she brought out multiple sexual abuse victims. As a victim herself, Gaga gave the audience an emotional performance.
The Weeknd, who has had a monstrous 2015/2016 music year, also performed his Oscar nominated song. The Weeknd took home 2 Grammys this year and though he left the Oscars empty handed, he gave a great performance and the 26-year old’s award show future looks bright, so don’t be shocked to see him at the Oscar’s again soon. Here is The Weeknd performing “Earned It”.
The Oscars were great and some of music’s biggest names represented the industry right. Also, DimiHub has to take some time out to shout our boy Leonardo DiCaprio for finally getting his Oscar. This should be a reminder to young artists that awards or album sales don’t always fully represent success.