Diane Warren Responds to Linda Perry's Claim That Lady Gaga Didn't Write 'Til It Happens To You'
Prolific songwriter Diane Warren has responded to fellow writer Linda Perry’s claim that Lady Gaga didn’t contribute to the moving Hunting Ground song “Til It Happens to You,” which is up for best original song at this year’s Oscars.
Perry asserted in a series of tweets early Monday (Jan. 18) that Warren, an eight-time Oscar nominee, may have given Gaga songwriting credit to help boost exposure of “Til It Happens to You” and potentially nab an Oscar nod. Hours later, Warren cleared the air via her own Twitter account.
Til It Happens To You was written for The Hunting Ground, an incredibly powerful documentary about sexual assault on college campuses— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 18, 2016
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— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 18, 2016
“The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga,” Warren wrote. “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.”
“Til It Happens to You” appears in The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. After hearing news of the song's Oscar nomination in mid-January, Warren praised Gaga for her contribution to the track.
“When I called her and played her the song, it was more of a somber ballad, but she really made it epic,” Warren said at the time. “She made it hers and took it to another level by arranging the shit out of it and singing the shit out of it.”
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— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 18, 2016
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— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 18, 2016
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— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 18, 2016
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.— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) January 18, 2016
For reasons unclear, Perry shared her opposing viewpoint on the matter.
“Why did Gaga get credit?" Perry tweeted Monday. "Maybe because 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.”
Perry further noted that Gaga may slightly have contributed to “Til It Happens to You” by changing a few words in one line of the song. But that didn't doesn't warrant a songwriting credit, she said.
“I have Diane's original demo with her singing. The only line that has been changed ‘Till you're at the end, the end of your rope,’” Perry wrote. “Originally was ’TIL YOU GOT A HOLE RIPPED IN YOUR SOUL.’ So I guess technically one line was changed so sure Gaga possibly ‘rewrote’ a line but chances are Diane still took part in rewriting that line which means Gaga contributed a few words. Is that writing? Not in my book.”
A rep for Warren says the tweets are Warren's statement on the matter. Billboard has also reached out to reps for Lady Gaga, Perry and the Academy for comment.