Singer says the Academy "nominated this issue" by recognising 'Till It Happens to You'
Lady Gaga has opened up about her nomination for ‘Best Original Song’ at The Oscars.
The star has been nominated alongside Diane Warren for track ‘Till It Happens to You’, taken from the documentary The Hunting Ground, which deals with campus rape.
During an interview with Deadline, Gaga explained: “Everyone says, ‘Oh, an Oscar nomination.’ It’s not about that for me at all. Of course, it’s cool. The Oscars nominated this issue by nominating this song. Now the issue has the media talking about it, hopefully in a way I believe it deserves to be talked about.
“We can reach more people. When an organisation like The Academy that believes in talent says ‘We care about you.’ That means that message is not just sent to me and Diane, but to people that hear the song and who went through something like this.”
Both Gaga and Warren have been victims of sexual violence, with the singer going on to describe the song writing process as “healing”.
She stated: “Working on this with Diane has helped me relive all of this in a bad way at first. It’s healing, but it’s like a wound that has to crack and be messed up before it heals.
“I would never have done this without Diane. I would never be able to face it by myself and sing somebody else’s song. It had to be something that I believed in to my core.”
The 88th Academy Awards is due to take place this Sunday, February 28 with Gaga up against the likes of Sam Smith and The Weeknd in the ‘Best Original Song’ category.
She is also due to perform the track at the ceremony, with Warren teasing earlier today (February 23):
She added: “It’s still going. I’ve been watching his videos all day long, and also listening to ‘Blackstar’, his last album, which is a truly incredible piece of music. It’s one of the single greatest things an artist has ever done: making a masterpiece album that is their own eulogy.
“Can you imagine? To go into the studio every day and put your heart in that place, where you are saying goodbye to life? I mean, his art made him strong.”