Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Lady Gaga’s Oscar Nominated “Til It Happens to You” Launches Campus Acapella Contest


We already know that Lady Gaga’s “Til it Happens to You” is the socially conscious “Glory” type hit of the year. I think it will win the Oscar for Best Song.

Now the people behind the song are launching a college campus acapella contest since “Til it Happens to You” comes from the documentary about campus rape, “The Hunting Ground.”

The movie, the It’s On Us campaign and ROK Mobile are sponsoring the contest “to amplify the voices of those fighting the crisis of sexual assault.”

“By calling on all a cappella groups at colleges, It’s On Us is engaging new allies in the arts community and empowering more young people to speak out about sexual assault,” said Kristin Avery, campaign manager for It’s On Us, in a statement.

The college groups will submit videos to be judged by the song’s main writer, Diane Warren, plus LL COOL J, Pentatonix, artist manager Trudy Green, director Catherine Hardwicke, Cynthia Germanotta (mama Gaga), music supervisor Bonnie Greenberg, and producer David Foster. The winning group will participate in a Skype masterclass with Warren, an eight-time Oscar nominee, and Foster, among other prizes.

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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