Composer A. R. Rahman swept the fields honoring musical contributions to the year’s best in film at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, staged Sunday, February 22 in Los Angeles. Rahman’s composition for Slumdog Millionaire earned the statuette for Original Score, while the film’s “Jai Ho,” featuring music by Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar, claimed Original Song honors. Slumdog Millionaire’s creative hive enjoyed an unparalleled evening, taking home eight awards out of its ten nominations.
Before walking away with two trophies, Rahman dazzled guests in the Kodak theatre and viewers at home with performances of “Jai Ho” and his other nominated composition, “O Saya.” BMI artist John Legend also delivered a powerful rendition of WALL-E’s nominated “Down to Earth,” featuring music co-written by BMI heavyweights Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman and lyrics penned by Gabriel. The performances culminated with Legend and Rahman onstage together, ambitiously and successfully interweaving the nominated compositions.
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