Hit Songwriter Diane Warren Wins an Emmy for Lady Gaga Song “Til it Happens to You”
Showbiz justice was thankfully served last night at the Creative Arts Emmys for hit songwriter Diane Warren. She finally won an Emmy for her brilliant song, “Til It Happens To You,” recorded by Lady Gaga. The song comes from the lauded “The Hunting Ground,” about sexual assault on college campuses, which noted Amy Ziering produced and Kirby Dick directed. The song has was nominated also for an Oscar and a Grammy, the first time in music history that a songwriter was nominated in the three competitions for the same song. Warren deserved this win, and classy Diane thanked Lady Gaga, (who was not eligible for a nomination) and quipped, “I get to say my Oscar speech.”
Backstage, Warren dedicated her win to her late publicist, Ronni Chasen, who was murdered as she was driving home from the premiere of “Burlesque.” Diane won the Golden Globe that year for a song from that movie.
Other big winners tonight were HBO’s mega hit, “Game Of Thrones,” which garnered nine wins. The always wonderful Margo Martindale nabbed her third Emmy for “The Americans,” Hank Azaria brought home his sixth Emmy for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey got theirs for co-hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
Peter Scolari, a last minute nominee, won his for playing Lena Dunham’s father on HBO’s “Girls.” No surprise that “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” with its viral sensation “Carpool Karaoke,” won for Outstanding Interactive Program. A poignant in Memoriam segment ended with, “We also remember those who died 15 years ago on September 11th, 2001.”