It’s official: Beyoncé is headed to the 94th Academy Awards in March.
It was announced that the global icon earned a Best Original Song nomination for “Be Alive,” co-written and co-produced with Dixson for King Richard.
This recent nomination marks Beyoncé’s first in this music category. This is also Dixson’s first Oscar nod.
Co-writing “Be Alive,” which was nominated in a similar music race at this year’s Golden Globes, is an experience that Dixson told Rated R&B holds dear to his heart.
“I’m very blessed to have a great team behind me. When the opportunity came, I said yes and did my best. When I turned my part of the song in, it wasn’t quite a complete thought. It became complete when she did what only Beyoncé can do.”
When his work is up for major awards, Dixson remains humble. “Truly, I just want to be in service to the music,” he noted to Rated R&B earlier this year. “The acknowledgments, the accolades are not what I come to work for. So I’m encouraged to keep working and motivated to keep making the best music I can, honestly.”
In other Dixson related news, he’s working on a two-part, concept project inspired by his theatrical past.
He explained to Rated R&B, “The concept is really strong. I love that I’m the vessel that gets to deliver it. I’m a Black man, and I love it when I see the vulnerability of Black men in our world. I love watching people give of themselves in a way that we don’t normally get to see in the world. And that is what I’m trying to give with this project. So I hope people are ready.”
Dixson last released DARLING, which was among Rated R&B’s best R&B albums of 2021 list.
See the full list of Best Original Song nominees below.
Best Original Song
“Be Alive” from King Richard; Music and Lyric by Dixson and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Down to Joy” from Belfast; Music and Lyric by Van Morrison
“No Time to Die” from No Time to Die; Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell
“Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren