Lana Del Rey, Lorde Pick Up First-Time Golden Globe Nominations

by Antoinette Bueno 7:56 AM PST, December 11, 2014
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The Best Original Song category at the 2015 Golden Globes is stacked with plenty of familiar faces.

The 72nd annual Golden Globes nominations were announced Thursday, notably marking first-time nominations for singers Lana Del Rey and Lorde.

Del Rey is nominated for her song "Big Eyes" from the Tim Burton film of the same title, which stars Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane. The movie explores the difficulties Keane had with her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz), who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

VIDEO: Amy Adams Plays Real-Life Artist in Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

The moody tune is sweeping and more than a little melancholy, everything one would expect from a Del Rey track.

The nomination for "Big Eyes" was a bit of a surprise given that her "Young and Beautiful," which was featured prominently in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 take on The Great Gatsby, was not nominated last year.

"I'm so grateful to Tim for letting me into his wild world and to Harvey for encouraging me to continue to write for films," Lana said in a statement to ET.  "I'm honored that the Hollywood foreign press has nominated my song."    

As for Lorde, her nomination for "Yellow Flicker Beat" is from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack, which the 18-year-old "Royals" singer also curated. The dark, brooding track is a perfect fit for the third installment the Hunger Games series, in which Jennifer Lawrence becomes the face of the rebellion against the Capitol.

"I am so shocked and happy to know that Yellow Flicker Beat has been included in the running for Best Original Song," Lorde said in a statement to ET. "I thought Katniss was one-of-a-kind when I first laid eyes on her in a cinema in 2012  -- a rough, sparkling diamond of a mind. It was a privilege getting to step inside her head and speak her thoughts, even for a brief moment. Getting to write a song for a film like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is a truly singular experience, and I am blown away that that experience got me nominated for a Golden Globe. I'll see you there."

We of course can't count out John Legend and rapper Common -- also first-time Golden Globe nominees -- from taking the 2015 Golden Globes win. The two collaborated on the Selma track "Glory," an uplifting song for the Oprah-backed film. Though Selma is a period piece about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, the song is clearly contemporary, shouting out the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Legend posted this response to his Golden Globe nomination this morning.

The song "Opportunity" from Annie is the most light-hearted tune in the category, featuring the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis. Quvenzhane, 11, also picked up a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film for Annie Thursday, adding to her list of impressive accomplishments -- she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for 2012's Beasts of The Southern Wild.

"Opportunity" was actually written by "Chandelier" singer/songwriter Sia and fellow songwriter Greg Kurstin.

"How extraordinary that the little girl who watched Annie as a child, is now a woman with a Golden Globe nomination for adapting the music of her favorite childhood movie," Sia said in a statement to ET.

Rounding out the category is punk legend Patti Smith and composer Lenny Kaye, who are nominated for their song "Mercy Is" off the Noah soundtrack. The gentle tune is meant to be a lullaby, and is the first song Smith has ever written for a film. Russell Crowe (Noah) and Emma Watson (Ila) both sing the song in the film, but it's Smith's haunting vocals that really make the track stand out.

VIDEO: Russell Crowe -- People Will Be Surprised By 'Noah'

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards airs on NBC, Jan. 11, 2015.

In the mean time, check out Lorde's dance-filled video for "Yellow Flicker Beat" below.