Saturday, May 18, 2024

Songwriter Diane Warren Responds About Oscar Nommed Song: “A Special Collaboration Between Myself and Lady Gaga”


Eight times Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren just took to Twitter — with a response to fellow songwriter Linda Perry’s recent odd statements. Perry told an unreliable website that Warren wrote her nominated “Til it Happens to You” by herself, and added Lady Gaga’s name to the byline to get attention. It made no sense.

Warren tweets:

“Til It Happens To You was written for The Hunting Ground, an incredibly powerful documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga. As Lady Gaga and I have consistly said. Til it Happens To you was inspired by the countless survivors of abuse who need our support and love so they know they’re not alone.”

When the song first appeared in “The Hunting Ground,” I asked Diane about it. She told me then it was a total collaboration. Lady Gaga produced the track herself, tweaking and reworking it with Diane. It’s an incredibly powerful track, I think, and the best song of the year.

And Diane Warren doesn’t allow someone else’s name on a song unless they worked on it, trust me, kids. Perry may have sour grapes here– I don’t know.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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