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Beyonce and academy respond to Oscar song news

January 3, 2007 |  4:57 pm

Yesterday when we broke the news that Beyonce Knowles is not eligible to be nominated for best song at the Oscars as she is at the Globes, we'd received confirmation from the studio. Now we've heard directly from the Oscars and Beyonce's rep.

First, here's what academy PR spokesman John Pavlik says: "Various branch executive committees have to make this kind of a decision almost every year, and the decision always comes down to the same thing: who had the most to do with the achievement being considered. It was no different in this case."

Beyonce's rep Alan Nierob says, "It's wrong to say that Beyonce was disqualified because she never qualified. Beyonce is aware of the Oscar rule that says only three songwriters can be nominated. It's all about percentages — how much each person contributed to the song. Beyonce contributed greatly to 'Listen,' but her percentage is lower, so she didn't expect to be eligible for nomination. She's very happy that her co-writers may be recognized."

Nierob confirms that Beyonce is officially credited as a best-song nominee at the Golden Globes.