Best Original Song:
"Welcome To Burlesque" from Burlesque
(Charlie Midnight, John Patrick Shanley, Matthew Gerard, Steve Lindsey):
Dianne Warren's power ballad "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" may be the one making all the rounds on the awards circuit, but if you ask me, this glamourous number that introduces Cher and her posse of loyal burlesque tarts is much more memorable, and represents what I would have liked the film to be like.
"I See The Light" from Tangled (Alan Menken, Glen Slater):
I was already enjoying Tangled thoroughly up to the second act, but this is the moment when my heart melted. The song provides a well timed pause in the action for the characters to introspect. The lyrics may be a tad simplistic, but it's still gorgeously romantic in the old Disney tradition.
"Mother Knows Best" from Tangled (Alan Menken, Glen Slater):
Such a delightful villain ditty. And so catchy too! What a perfect way to subvert the usual badguy tropes with a faux lovey-dovey tone thinly veiling barbed condescension.
"Shine" from Waiting for Superman (John Legend):
An absolutely beautiful and moving song that draws attention to an important issue. Legend's lyrics are poetic and meaningful, effectively buttressed by his talented work on the piano. The film may not be a great one, but this song is, giving the movie a soulful and artful conclusion.
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from Burlesque (Dianne Warren):
A rousing anthem about never underestimating oneself. And who better to belt this one than the immortal Oscar-winning Cher?
Just missed: "Coming Home" Country Strong, "Me and Tennessee" Country Strong