Song Contenders: Pharrell Williams, Diane Warren, Regina Spektor and Cynthia Erivo Make End-Titles Magic

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Song Contenders: Pharrell Williams, Diane Warren, Regina Spektor and Cynthia Erivo Make End-Titles Magic
The aspirants for best original song from a film this year include Pharrell Williams, a performer-writer who’s familiar in the theme-song field; Regina Spektor, a singer-songwriter who’s just getting her feet wet with big-screen assignments; Diane Warren, whose name is nearly synonymous with the category; and Cynthia Erivo, who surprised everyone by being someone to reckon with for her music as well as acting contributions to her film.

A few words from the forces behind this strong quartet of songs:

“Stand Up” from “Harriet

Actress-singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo wanted to conclude “Harriet,” in which she plays slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, on a strong musical note.

“After spending so much time with Harriet and her story,” she tells Variety, “I felt it was necessary to have a truncated version, in a song, of the work that she had done, so if there were things that didn’t quite understand when you watched the movie,
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