Linda Perry Apologizes for Suggesting Lady Gaga Didn't Merit Her Oscar Nomination
By Antoinette Bueno
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Linda Perry is attempting to put her beef with Lady Gaga's Oscar nomination behind her.
The 50-year-old singer/songwriter had Gaga fans in a tizzy on Monday, when she alleged on Twitter that Gaga was less than deserving of a Best Original Song Oscar nomination for "Til It Happens to You." The powerful tune is from the 2015 documentary, The Hunting Ground, which focuses on rape on college campuses in the U.S.
"My sincere apologies. I made a mistake to comment. I wasn't in the room when the #TIHTY was being written," Perry tweeted on Monday, after the original controversial tweets were deleted. "More importantly, I wish the focus to remain on the great importance of the song and the message of the film."
In the original tweets, Perry claimed that Gaga only rewrote one line of the song, and gave credit to songwriter Diane Warren. Warren is also nominated for an Oscar for the tune.
"I have Diane's original demo with her singing," Perry alleged. "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 later called Gaga a "savvy business woman."
"I love Gaga so much respect and love this song that has nothing to do with anything," she tweeted. "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," she added. "I'm stating the truth. I credit Diane for writing this song, it is her experience her pain her words. That's it kids."
However, Warren herself seemed unfazed by the drama, reiterating on Twitter that "Til It Happens to You" is a collaboration between herself and the 29-year-old singer.
"'Til It Happens To You' was written for The Hunting Ground, an incredibly powerful documentary about sexual assault on college campuses," Warren tweeted on Monday. "The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga. 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," she continued.
To you was inspired by the countless survivors of abuse who need our support and love so they know they're not alone.
"This nomination lends a voice to victims & survivors all over the world," she Instagrammed. "Thank you to THE ACADEMY for recognizing the movement of people who have come together for this film & song in the name of sexual assault. Myself and Diane are simply honored to represent the voices of so many SURVIVORS."