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Thursday 21 August 2014

Sinead O'Connor hopes nothing compares to her song in race for Oscar

Sinead O'Connor

Singer Sinead O'Connor will perform in front of a star-studded audience in Hollywood later this week in a bid to bag an Oscar nomination.

Actors Colin Farrell and Pierce Brosnan, as well as leading music figures including producer Quincy Jones are on the guestlist for the show on Thursday night to launch the soundtrack to film 'Albert Nobbs', which features Ms O'Connor on the Golden Globe-nominated track 'Lay Your Head Down'.

The song is included in a shortlist of 39 songs vying for an Oscar for Best Original Song.

It was written by composer and conductor Brian Byrne and actress Glen Close, who penned the lyrics.

"I adore the song so it's going to be really exciting singing it for these people," Ms O'Connor told the Irish Independent.

'Lay Your Head Down' is a child's lullaby which Close sings to a little boy at the close of the film, in which she stars as a woman who dresses as a man to keep her job at a Dublin guesthouse.

The song has already been nominated in the Best Original Song category for a Golden Globe.

It faces stiff Oscar competition from superstars Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

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