• Let It Go is a song from Disney's 2013 animated feature film,
The song was performed by Idina Menzel in her role as Queen Elsa.
• The song appears after an ostracized Elsa abandons her kingdom soon after her cryokinetic powers
are discovered by the public. Realizing that she no longer needs to hide her incredibly powerful
icy abilities anymore, Elsa declares herself free from the obstacles that she's been faced with
since childhood and rejoices in using her powers without fear.
• The song was written and composed by the husband-and-wife songwriting team of multiple Tony
Award-winning composer Robert Lopez (Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez,
both of whom had previously worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios on Winnie the Pooh.
• Let It Go was the first song that Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote for the film.
The duo took inspiration from other Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast
and contemporary artists including Lady Gaga, Adele and Katy Perry.
• Although unintentional,
the song's composition was pivotal in the film's characterization of Elsa. Originally written
as a villain, co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee gradually rewrote Elsa as one of the film's protagonists.
• Let It Go won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
The song also won the 2015 Grammy award for
Best Song Written for Visual Media