“Catchy Song,” Dillon Francis, Alaya High, Jon Lajoie & James Rushent, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros.): Performed by Francis featuring T-Pain and That Girl Lay Lay. “Everything Is Awesome” from the first LEGO Movie was nominated in this category five years ago.
“Never Too Late,” Elton John & Tim Rice, The Lion King (Disney): The two Brits won in this category 25 years ago for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the original Lion King. (John, who performs the song, may not have helped his chances when he bad-mouthed the music in the movie.)
“Spirit,” Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie & Ilya Salmanzadeh, The Lion King (Disney): This would be the first Oscar nom for all three writers. Beyoncé, who performs the song, is a 23-time Grammy winner and an eight-time Emmy nominee.
“Daily Battles,” Thom Yorke, Motherless Brooklyn (Warner Bros.): This would be the first Oscar nom for Yorke, who has won three Grammys with Radiohead. Performed by Yorke and Flea.
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Rocketman (Paramount): Performed by John and Taron Egerton, who played John in the film, this would be John’s fourth nomination in this category and Taupin’s first. Remarkably, John and Taupin have shared just one Grammy nomination, for writing the 1971 soundtrack to Friends.
“The Song Of Names (Cantor Prayer),” Howard Shore, Jeffrey Caine, The Song of Names (Sony Pictures Classics): Shore won in this category for co-writing “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Caine, who is also the film’s screenwriter, was nominated for best adapted screenplay for The Constant Gardener (2005). Performed by Daniel Mutlu.
“The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy,” Randy Newman, Toy Story 4 (Disney/Pixar): Newman has been nominated in this category with a song from each of the first three Toy Story films, including winning for “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3. Will he keep his streak going? Performed by Chris Stapleton.