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BEYONCE SNUBBED FOR "LISTEN"

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided not to recognize Beyoncé as a primary songwriter of "Listen" — her signature performance from the film "Dreamgirls" — although she is credited as one of the song's four writers.

 

The recent decision is a result of a newly established Rule 16 which caps the number of songwriters who can receive an Oscar at three, stating that "no more than two statuettes will normally be given," but making a provision for a third statuette "when there are three essentially equal contributors to a song," according to the organization's Web site.

 

Rule 16 was meant as a way to combat the ballooning songwriting credits attached to songs submitted for Oscar consideration. 

 

In the event of a studio submitting a song with three or more credited songwriters, the executive committee of the Academy's music branch — a committee made up of composers, songwriters and "individuals involved in making music for motion pictures" — determines which three writers made the greatest contribution to the song. And only those three individuals are eligible for an Academy Award.

 

According to Melidonian, in the case of "Listen" — which is credited in the soundtrack's liner notes to Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles and Anne Preven — the executive committee met in December, determined that of the four songwriters listed, Knowles contributed the least, and, as such, her name will not be included on Oscar ballots.  Therefore, even if "Listen" does land a nomination for Best Original Song — which it is widely expected to do — Beyoncé will not be eligible to receive an Oscar.

 



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