January 18, 2016


Linda Perry Claims Lady Gaga Didn't Write Oscar-Nominated Song

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Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic

Last week, Lady Gaga scored her first Oscar nomination for "Til It Happens To You," co-written with Diane Warren and featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground. Warren and Gaga were both thrilled in the nod, but another famed songwriter, Linda Perry, is now claiming that Gaga didn't really write any of "Til It Happens To You."

Taking to Twitter on Monday morning (Jan. 18), Perry wrote, "Normally I wouldn't respond to all this but I don't know Im feeling spunky. There was another artist that originally was gonna sing #TIHTY … 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 continued, "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."

Perry went on to express that she has "so much respect" for Gaga, but believes that she was added as a co-writer so that she could score an Academy Award nomination along with Warren. Nominations for best original song at the Oscars are given each song's writers, not the performers.

It's worth noting that Perry co-wrote "Hands of Love," a single performed by Miley Cyrus for the Freeheld soundtrack, last fall. "Hands of Love" did not receive an Oscar nomination.