Perry suggested Lady Gaga has not done enough to warrant her Best Original Song nomination
Songwriter Diane Warren has reacted to fellow writer Linda Perry’s claims that Lady Gaga did not contribute to ‘Til It Happens To You’, the Oscar nominated song credited to both Warren and Gaga.
On Monday (January 18), Perry posted a number of tweets in which she accused Warren (pictured below) of giving Gaga a songwriting credit on the song in order to boost its profile.
In now deleted tweets, Perry said: “Diane wanted to ensure her support in promoting the song. Gaga is a very smart business women she knew a song written by Diane Warren would be up for an Oscar. And you know it’s hard getting music out there and heard. Especially a song from a documentary, so Diane knew if she gave Gaga writing credit it would ensure the support this song needed and deserved. And Gaga knows her power. I’m not putting anyone Or anything down. I’m stating the truth . I credit Diane for writing this song, it is her experience her pain her words. That’s it kids.”
Originally a member of 4 Non Blondes, Perry has gone on to write songs with Adele, Miley Cyrus and Weezer among many others.
Sung by Lady Gaga, ‘Til’ It Happens To You’ features in campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground and is nominated in the Best Original Song category at the 2016 Oscars.
Diane Warren, who has written songs such as Cher’s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ by Aerosmith, responded to Perry’s accusations, stating that: “The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga. As Lady Gaga and I have consistly said. ”To you’ was inspired by the countless survivors of abuse who need our support and love so they know they’re not alone.'”
Warren previously spoke about Gaga’s involvement in the songwriting process, stating that she changed the whole shape of the track: “When I called her and played her the song, it was more of a somber ballad, but she really made it epic. She made it hers and took it to another level by arranging the shit out of it and singing the shit out of it.”
Perry had alleged that Gaga may have only changed a few words in ‘Til It Happens to You’, saying she had heard the original demo and that only one line had been changed since Gaga became involved.
She has subsequently apologised for her comments and issued the following statement: