Any hope of hearing the hit song “See You Again” at the Oscars this year was squashed early Thursday morning as the Oscar nominations were announced.
Many fans and critics expected rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Charlie Puth to receive an Oscar nomination for the hit song, which was originally recorded for the blockbuster film Furious 7.
However, it was not one of the five songs nominated for “Best Original Song.”
Which songs did receive an Oscar nod for that category?
- Sumi Jo – “Simple Song 3” (from Youth)
- J. Ralph & Antony – “Manta Ray (from Racing Extinction)
- Sam Smith – “Writing’s on the Wall” (from Spectre)
- Lady Gaga – “Til it Happens to You” (from The Hunting Ground)
- The Weeknd – “Earned It” (from Fifty Shades of Grey)
As seen from the list of people, several Top 40 chart-topping artists did make the cut, including Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd.
When it comes to overall commercial success and global popularity, however, neither of the nominated songs come close to “See You Again.”
Quite a few people expressed their shock, disappointment, and overall anger about the international hit song getting snubbed on Twitter.
— Andrew (@ajhmate) January 14, 2016
WHY at Love Me Like You Do & See You Again being snubbed tho???????? pic.twitter.com/LQVmxUeQw4
— Shady Gaga Facts (@ShadyGagaFacts) January 14, 2016
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 14, 2016
SEE YOU AGAIN DID NOT GET ORIGINAL SONG?
— Victoria Aveyard (@VictoriaAveyard) January 14, 2016
In the first six months after its April 2015 release, the official music video for “See You Again” generated over one billion views on YouTube. According to Slant News, it took nine months for Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video (which was released in November 2014) to achieve the same impressive milestone.
Last July, the Wiz Khalifa single tied the record for the longest run of a rap single in the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ironically, one of the two songs that shared that record with “See You Again” was the 2002 hit single “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, a song that eventually won the “Best Original Song” category at the Oscars.
— Wiz Khalifa MHQ (@mhq_wizkhalifa) September 15, 2015
The emotionally stirring song even shattered Spotify records, according to the Warner Music Group. It generated over 4.2 million streams on April 13th alone, setting the record for the highest number of streams for the site in a single day.
It made history with Spotify again by eventually becoming the most streamed track in a single week – reaching an amazing 21.9 million streams around the globe.
It did not take very long for “See You Again” to become an international hit. It rose to the top spot on the “Top Songs” chart of iTunes in the United States and over 90 other countries, including Australia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
If the commercial success of “See You Again” was not enough to secure a potential Oscar nomination, its success at other award ceremonies spoke volumes. Even though it didn’t win the Golden Globe for “Best Original Song,” it at least received a nomination.
There was an emotional tide which flooded the release of the blockbuster film Furious 7, primarily due to the tragic death of Paul Walker, one of the franchise’s leading actors.
“See You Again” was essentially a farewell song for Paul that touched the hearts of millions of other people around the world for one reason or another. The song was even praised and covered by many other award-winning singers and celebrities, including Carrie Underwood.
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