Beyonce’s dream to win an Oscar for her work in Dreamgirls took another hit after the Motion Picture Academy has disqualified her from accepting a possible Best Song Award for ‘Listen.’
Officially, she’s listed as one of the song’s four writers, but the motion-picture academy only permits three names – max – as a credit…The Oscars’ songwriting branch has decided to qualify only Henry Krieger, Anne Preven and Scott Cutler for writing “Listen.” No explanation is given for why Beyonce is excluded over the others. Is this just one of those cases of where the singer insisted upon having her name added to credits as part of her performance deal? In media interviews, she’s often said that she was truly involved in its songwriting. Apparently, not to the extent as her three collaborators, according to the Oscars.”
Many insiders believed that this was Beyonce’s only true shot at an Oscar, so there’s that, I guess. True justice is always swift. Beyonce is credited as a songwriter for every song that she releases, but it is widely rumored that her contribution to the songwriting process is minimal at best. Her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love,” in which she was a credited songwriter and nominated for three Grammys, was written by Rich Harrison in two hours while he was hungover. Harrison wrote the music, verses, hook and played all the instruments on the track. Beyonce wrote the lyrics to the bridge. She may now write a suicide note. The only way this news could have been any better is if they made Saddam Hussein announce it right before they hung him.