Linda Perry, the acclaimed producer and singer-songwriter, called out Lady Gaga on Sunday night for receiving undeserved song writing credits for the song “Til It Happens to You.” The hit song was featured in The Hunting Ground and has received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. It is credited to both Diane Warren and Lady Gaga.
Perry claimed that Diane Warren wrote the song on her own: “I credit Diane for writing this song, it is her experience her pain her words… I love Gaga so much respect and love this song that has nothing to do with anything. Why did Gaga get credit? 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.”
Last year, Lady Gaga explained: “It was already kind of a finished piece when I came in to work on it with Diane…. We made some changes so it would speak to more people than just rape survivors. The song kind of became a conversation between two women who’d been sexually abused. Finding our common connection through this song and her sharing that with me – Diane doesn’t co-write with anybody, ever – it meant a lot to me; it was really a gift. She was saying, ‘I want to share this with you; this is ours.’ And that’s what we’re saying to people: We want to share our pain with other people.”
Building on Gaga’s explanation, Diane Warren tweeted a response to Perry’s claim: “As Lady Gaga and I have [consistently] said. ‘Til it Happens To You’ was inspired by the countless survivors of abuse who need our support and love so they know they’re not alone,” Warren wrote.”
As a result, Linda Perry apologized for her tweets: “My sincere apologies. I made a mistake to comment. I wasn’t in the room when [‘Til It Happens to You’] was being written… More importantly, I wish the focus to remain on the great importance of the song and the message of the film.”
Glad to see Perry realized quickly that she knew she should apologize to Gaga.
Warren is now an eight-time Oscar nominee, but has never won the award despite penning previous nominees such as “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing.”