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Famous musicians and singers who have won an Oscar

The Oscars—nope, not the fish, Oscar! We’re talking about the film industry, folks. The best of the best? so, actors, directors, and screenwriters often snatch the glitter, but our musician comrades and singing songbirds ain’t left behind, no sir! They’ve graced the Oscar stages, leaving a Bollywood mark (intended pun). These people are the real deal in music and, hold your breath, the cinematic world. It’s kind of like the Academy Awards whispering, “Ahoy, actors make some space, got musicians onboard too!”

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Since 1929, it’s like Oscar’s been this big deal. Yeah, it’s like Santa presenting the “best child” award—just that big!! Over these decades, some 3,000+ shiny little men have found refuge, relished, and re-homed in the loved arms of silver screen artists. Who’d have thought?

The Oscars (don’t confuse them with the fish!) give some 24 different awards, each shining a flashlight on rare talent & craftsmanship! They kind of give mortal form to sounds, visions, and other ghostly things in cinema.

Alrighty, so it’s one thing to be like a hot shot in one field. But two—that’s the real deal, right? Much respect for the multitaskers who are wearing the “musicians and Oscar winners” hat.

From Dames like Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from Star Is Born to Prince’s Big Bang Best Original Score in Purple Rain, from dusty corners where Cher’s Moonstruck nestles, we see musicians moving swiftly between stage and screen. Oh, it is a sight to behold!

Also, as creative souls, our musicians have been pivotal in helping the cinematic terrain morph into different shapes and shades, taking on a chameleon-like existence in the world of imaginative visual storytelling. Our gang of musicians has made it to the top, not just in the world of music but also in film. Incredible to see! Among the star-studded glittery folk, we have:

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is this mythical figure, who dwells in the realms of music and film. She did defeat the other nominees to win the Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for “Funny Girl” and the Best Original Song for “Evergreen,” themed in “A Star is Born” in ’77. no, not the ‘Sherlock’ star, a film she was in!

Finneas O’Connell and Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish, the youngest two-time Oscar winner, and her comrade Finneas O’Connell snatched the Best Original Song award in 2022 for the intro theme song in the James Bond film No Time to Die; they were also triumphant again in 2024.


Drumroll for the drummer of The Roots no, not the band, the real plant roots. They handed out the 2022 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Summer of Soul, his “Hey, I can direct!” debut!

Elton John

1995—that’s when Sir Elton John grabbed the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Disney’s “The Lion King.” The track “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” a duet with Tim Rice, was a killer for audiences!


In 2003, this rapper shook the Oscars by grabbing the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself,” a track on which he starred in the film “8 Mile.”


The soulful singer echo-ed into the far corners of the globe, winning the Best Original Song for “Skyfall,” in 2013, a track that made the Bond film hauntedly beautiful.

Lady Gaga

The lady of all trades, Gaga, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Shallow” in 2019, a track for the film she starred in, “A Star Is Born.”

Sam Smith

A Golden Voice won the Best Original Song in 2016 for the bonding song in Spectre. It was called “Writing’s on the Wall.”

John Legend and Common

They teamed up to win 2015’s Best Original Song for “Glory” from Selma; we believe it’s a powerful film, not the rice brand. A handful of musicians and vocalists have significantly influenced the Oscars, leaving a lasting legacy on its stage. Icons ranging from Barbra Streisand to Lady Gaga have showcased their boundless creativity, effortlessly blending various genres and formats to enchant global audiences. As music and cinema’s paths increasingly intertwine, one truth stands unwavering: music’s capacity to stir and motivate is limitless, ensuring its role in the film will be honored on the most prestigious platform, the Oscars.

Abubakar is a writer and digital marketing expert. Who has founded multiple blogs and successful businesses in the fields of digital marketing, software development. A full-service digital media agency that partners with clients to boost their business outcomes.

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