This Is Me

Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Ensemble

About This Is Me

"This Is Me" is a song performed by Keala Settle for the film The Greatest Showman. It was released on October 26, 2017, by Atlantic Records as a promotional single from The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and the official lead single on December 8, 2017. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 75th Golden Globe Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards but lost to "Remember Me" from the film Coco. It was later nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Following the film's global release, the song charted within the top five in the United Kingdom, the top ten in Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, and South Korea and the top twenty in Belgium (Flanders) and New Zealand. 


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2017
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I am not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
'Cause we don't want your broken parts
I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one'll love you as you are

But I won't let them break me down to dust
I know that there's a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh

Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away 'cause today, I won't let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades and
Reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that's what we've become (yeah, that's what we've become)

I won't let them break me down to dust
I know that there's a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh
This is me

(Oh-oh-oh-oh) and I know that I deserve your love
(Oh-oh-oh-oh) 'cause there's nothing I'm not worthy of
(Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh, oh)
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is proof
This is who I'm meant to be, this is me

Look out 'cause here I come (look out 'cause here I come)
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum (marching on, marching, marching on)
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I'm gonna send a flood
Gonna drown them out
Oh
This is me

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Keala Settle

Keala Joan Settle (born November 5, 1975) is an American actress and singer. Settle originated the role of Norma Valverde in Hands on a Hardbody, which ran on Broadway in 2013, and was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2017, she portrayed Lettie Lutz, a bearded lady, in the musical film The Greatest Showman. The song "This Is Me" from the film, principally sung by Settle, won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. more »

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Written by: Justin Paul, Benj Pasek

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15 facts about this song

Origin
"This Is Me" is a song performed by American actress and singer, Keala Settle. The song is from the 2017 musical film titled "The Greatest Showman".
Composition
The empowering anthem was composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. They are well-known for writing the music and lyrics for Broadway's "Dear Evan Hansen".
Theme
The song serves as a proclamation of acceptance, individuality, and self-love. The lyrics revolve around embracing one's unique qualities, rejecting societal norms and prejudices, and standing up to negativity.
Accolades
"This is Me" received the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, proving its critical success.
Oscar Nomination
In addition to the Golden Globe win, the song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Commercial Success
The song enjoyed noticeable commercial success, charting in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song reached the top position on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
Music Video
The official video for "This Is Me" was released on Atlantic Records' YouTube channel in December 2017. As of 2021, the video has garnered over 200 million views.
Performance
Keala Settle gave a powerhouse performance of "This Is Me" at the 90th Academy Awards, showing her impressive vocal range and acting abilities.
Critical Reception
Critics praised Settle's strong, compelling vocals and the song's uplifting, body-positive message.
Influence
Post-release, the song gained widespread popularity and has been used many times in reality shows, dance performances, and singing competitions.
Covers
Many famous artists and choirs have covered the song in unique ways, solidifying its status as a universally cherished anthem.
Special Part of the Film
In "The Greatest Showman," "This Is Me" is performed by the character played by Settle, a bearded lady named Lettie Lutz.
Cultural Impact
The song has even motivated global flash mobs, videos of which can be found all over social media platforms.
Cross-genre Appeal
"This Is Me" breaks through the usual limitations of musical theatre songs, resonating with a wide array of audiences thanks to its pop-infused, uplifting sound and lyrics.
The Anthem for Self-Confidence
"This Is Me" has become an anthem for those struggling with self-acceptance, serving as a motivation to embrace their unique identities.

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