Why Doja Cat's Elvis song Vegas was deemed ineligible for 2023 Oscars?

Doja Cat's popular hit Vegas won't be a contender at the 2023 Oscars. The song – which appeared as the lead single in Elvis starring Austin Butler – is not eligible for Oscars consideration. Why? Well, Vegas, written by Doja Cat, contained interpolated material from Hound Dog, the 1956 Elvis Presley track. However, Academy rules state that any submissions for Best Original Song must consist of "words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture," and her track includes elements of a pre-existing song. As Vegas did not appear among the 147 scores and 82 songs determined eligible for voting, it is out of the running for Oscars gold. The list, according to Variety, was made available to Academy members, who will then narrow the choices to a shortlist before the official five nominees are unveiled in January 2023. A few of the songs that did make the Oscars eligibility list, include Lady Gaga's Hold My Hand, Rihanna’s Lift Me Up, Billie Eilish and Finneas' Nobody Like U and Taylor Swift's Carolina.