AP – Break out those suspenders and dancing shoes, MM Keeravaani’s joyously energetic anthem Naatu Naatu will be performed at the Oscars, the show’s producers said on Tuesday.
With music by Keeravaani and lyrics by Chandrabose, Naatu Naatu is one of the most memorable sequences from the Telegu-language action epic RRR with its catchy tune and accompanying dance by actors Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr.
Singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will make the journey to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to perform the song.
Naatu Naatu has become a viral sensation outside of the film, racking up more than 122 million views on YouTube and inspiring a TikTok challenge where users attempt to recreate the acrobatic dance-off. South Korean Ambassador Chang Jae-bok’s 53-second rendition has received more than 4.8 million views since it was posted last Sunday on Twitter. The tune is competing for the best original song trophy – the blockbuster’s sole nomination – against the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Mitski and David Byrne, and Diane Warren.