Shortly after stealing the Golden Globe from Kirsten Dunst for her performance in American Horror Story: Hotel, Lady Gaga was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Til It Happens to You,” from The Hunting Ground, a documentary about rape on college campuses across the country, is attributed to Gaga and Diane Warren, but Linda Perry — as in, 4 Non Blondes’ Linda Perry, of being-married-to-Darlene-from-Roseanne fame — is questioning whether the “Bad Romance” singer deserves the credit.
It’s an important distinction Perry is making, because the Oscar doesn’t go to the singer; it goes to the author (which is why Frozen‘s Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and not Idina Menzel, accepted the award for “Let It Go”). Gaga’s co-writer credit means she’ll be onstage on February 28, should “Til It Happens to You” upset Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall.”
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 [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 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.
Meanwhile, the other nominees are over here like.