Lady Gaga Delivers Powerful ”Til It Happens to You' at Oscars 2016 - Rolling Stone
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Lady Gaga Delivers Powerful ”Til It Happens to You’ at Oscars 2016

Singer joined by group of sexual assault survivors on Oscars award ceremony stage

Lady Gaga gave a powerful performance of “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary on campus rape, The Hunting Ground. Gaga and songwriter Diane Warren are nominated for Best Original Song.

Gaga appeared from behind a frame and sitting at a piano. She dramatically delivered the ballad that built up as a string orchestra joined in. The performance climactically ended with a group of sexual assault survivors surrounding Gaga at the piano with the words “Not Your Fault” written on their arms. Both Gaga and Warren are survivors of sexual assault.

Warren has been nominated for Best Original Song eight times, with her first nomination arriving in 1988 for Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from Mannequin. She has also been nominated for Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live.”

Gaga, a first-time Academy Award nominee, performed at the Oscars last year during a 50th anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music. Over the last month, she has sung the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 and paid tribute to David Bowie at the Grammy Awards. She is working with Warren on songs for her as-yet-untitled fifth studio album.

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