Rita Ora’s “Praising You” Receives 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nomination
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British pop star Rita Ora is celebrating after her hit dance collaboration “Praising You” secured a nomination at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards. Ora posted on Instagram this week that she and Fatboy Slim were up for Dance Song of the Year for their feel-good track.
Rita Ora Celebrated iHeartRadio Music Award Nomination
“Praising You” is a single off Ora’s highly anticipated third studio album, titled You & I, which dropped July 14, 2023. The upbeat, disco-tinged tune was released last March and became an instant dancefloor favorite.
Her Instagram post featured photos and videos of her on the music video set, a photo of her performing the song live with Fatboy Slim, and an image of her in 80s fashion. The track blends Ora’s smooth vocals together with Fatboy Slim’s signature production.
Lyrically, it describes her appreciation for a loved one who has profoundly impacted her life. Her emotive delivery immediately draws listeners into the song’s inspirational message. As she sings, “I have to praise you like I should.”
The collaboration marked a full-circle moment for Ora, who has long cited Fatboy Slim as a major influence. She was thrilled for the opportunity to finally work with the British dance legend on a fresh take of his 1998 hit “Praise You!”
“To not only get Norman’s stamp of approval but to actually collaborate with him and pay homage to such a massive song from my childhood was truly a surreal experience,” Ora said.
She Details Her Inspiration Behind Her Latest Album
Ora built anticipation for her third album by releasing smash collaborations like “You Only Love Me” with Sigala and also “Follow Me” with Albanian in 2022. However, her team-up with Fatboy Slim showcased Ora in top form and positioned her for a major comeback.
According to Ora, You & I chronicles a love story through emotional songs her fans will easily connect with.
“It feels good to have something to write about,” Ora said. “It just started off as a little diary and it’s turned into this love story for my fans.”
Beyond “Praising You,” the album contains diverse tracks like “That Girl,” “Look At Me Now,” and “Notting Hill.” The iHeartRadio nomination for “Praising You” arrives during a career resurgence for Ora. It cements her status as a radio-friendly hitmaker capable of competing with pop’s elite.
Regardless of whether she wins Dance Song of the Year, the nod represents sweet validation after a tumultuous few years. The single’s success has Ora poised for a major comeback.