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Nadine Elali

Yasmine Hamdan’s Oscar nomination

Lebanese singer nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song in motion picture

Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan in Dubai’s Chanel Cruise Show (Source: Facebook)

Lebanese songwriter, composer and singer Yasmine Hamdan has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song in a motion picture at the 87th Academy Awards, scheduled to take place on 22 February 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

 

Her song "Hal," which featured in American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s vampire comedy "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, appeared on the list of Oscar contenders released earlier this week. Soon after, fans began sharing the news on social media outlets and congratulated Hamdan by posting comments on her official Facebook page.

 

Hamdan, 38, is a Lebanese singer currently based in Paris, France. She is known for fusing classical Arabic music with modern electro-pop. She rose to prominence in 1998 when she teamed up with Lebanese artist Zeid Hamdan to form the popular pop band Soap Kills. She has since released a number of successful collaborations as well as her first solo album in 2009, entitled “Arabology.” In 2012, she released a second, self-titled album, “Yasmine Hamdan.” Her second album, famous for echoing Arabic music from the 1950s and 1960s backed by underground electronic beats, drew international acclaim and she is currently being promoted as a “crossover star” in Britain, France and the United States.

 

“Only Lovers Left Alive” is about a depressed vampire musician whose centuries-old romance is disrupted by his younger sister. Hamdan wrote the song especially for the film and has a cameo in which she sings for a crowd about a pair of lovers who are in grave pain because they cannot find a way to be together.

 

During a concert to promote the film, Jarmusch declared his admiration for the Lebanese singer, describing her as “a gift to [him] and the whole world.”

 

The official nominations will be announced live on January 15.

Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan in Dubai’s Chanel Cruise Show (Source: Facebook)

“Only Lovers Left Alive” is about a depressed vampire musician whose centuries-old romance is disrupted by his younger sister."