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New Mary J. Blige single 'The Living Proof,' from the soundtrack to 'The Help': Hear it here

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There’s already a lot of Oscar buzz for the creators and stars of the upcoming big-screen adaptation of best-selling novel The Help. And now you can add another possible nomination to the list: A Best Original Song nod for Mary J. Blige‘s single “The Living Proof,” penned for the movie’s soundtrack.

Blige, fresh off a triumphant performance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans over the weekend, is in full clutch-your-heart-and-brace-yourself-on-the-piano mode here, eschewing any sort of R&B trickery in favor of a belt-heavy torch song about overcoming the odds.

Give it a listen after the jump (her vocals kick in about a minute in, in case you’re impatient).

Is it me, or is there a little bit of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” in the strings that dance around the piano? (That’s a compliment, by the way; more people should steal things from Kate.)

What do you think of “The Living Proof”? Will it earn her the O in her EGOT? And how does it compare to “The Living Daylights”? Shout your opinions to the heavens (or simply type them into the comments below).

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