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After sending a series of tweets making the accusation early Monday morning, the singer-songwriter clarified the allegation later in the day. “My sincere apologies. I made a mistake to comment. I wasn’t in the room when the #TIHTY was being written. More importantly, I wish the focus to remain on the great importance of the song and the message of the film,” she wrote.
Perry, whose song “Hands of Love,” from the film Freeheld, was not Oscar-nominated by the Academy’s music branch last week, insinuated that Gaga did not contribute to the writing of “Til It Happens to You,” but only performed it, which would mean she should not have been eligible for the Oscar, according to Academy rules.
Perry’s tweets combined to read: “I have Diane’s original demo with her singing. The only line that has been changed [is] ‘Till you’re at the end, the end of your rope’ 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.”
She continued, “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 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.”
Some of Gaga’s many fans did not take kindly to this allegation and lashed out on Twitter at Perry, who responded: “There’s no bitterness, I’ve stated Gaga killed this song so powerful so blown away by her performance.”
Academy rules state: “Only the principal composer(s) or songwriter(s) responsible for the conception and execution of the work as a whole shall be eligible for an award,” adding, “The work must be the result of a creative interaction between the filmmaker(s) and the composer(s) and/or songwriter(s) who have been engaged to work directly on the motion picture.”
During a recent hourlong podcast interview with Warren and Gaga, Warren said she’d composed an outline of a song before reaching out to Gaga. “It was just beautiful,” gushes Gaga, who says she cried upon hearing it. “Then we met and I started to play it and sing it and I would say, ‘Diane, what do you think of this?’ ” She continues, “She took what she already had, and then she gave it to me and she said, ‘Make it yours.’ ” One of Gaga’s major contributions, according to both women, was taking a song that was somber throughout and making it increasingly triumphant and defiant as it progressed. Warren was thrilled — “She had this whole vision for it,” she marvels now. And, in Gaga’s words, “It became two women together, standing strong.”
On Monday morning, Warren tweeted: “The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga. As Lady Gaga and I have consistently said.”
Jan. 18, 3:25 p.m. Updated headline and article with Linda Perry’s apologetic tweets.
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