The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was considered a front-runner in the Best Original Song category for “The Living Proof,” the ballad she penned for The Help. The film was nominated in major categories including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress, but shut out of the music categories.
Blige, who rose bright and early for the live announcement, thanked her supporters and expressed her disappointment with the news. “I’m so thankful for true fans like you all. It saddens me & feels like the Academy is being mean. 2 only nominate 2 of the 5 slots is…….” she wrote before retweeting reactions from her fans.
The category, which typically sees four to five nominees, only had two this year. Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown were recognized for “Real in Rio” from the animated film Rio and Bret McKenzie received a nod for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets.
Blige was previously nominated at this year’s Golden Globes, but lost in the category to Madonna.