Oscars: Linda Perry Alleges That Lady Gaga’s Song Nomination Is Bogus

The singer-songwriter, whose tune ‘Hands of Love’ was not Oscar-nominated last week, claims to have a demo that proves Gaga should not have received a nom alongside Diane Warren for the song ‘Til It Happens to You.’

Oscars: Linda Perry Alleges That Lady Gaga's Song Nomination Is Bogus
Linda Perry (left), Diane Warren and Lady Gaga (right) Randy Shropshire/Getty Images; Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic

Linda Perry, the singer-songwriter whose song “Hands of Love,” from the film Freeheld, was not Oscar-nominated by the Academy’s music branch last week, is aggrieved that Lady Gagawas nominated, alongside seven-time Oscar bridesmaid Diane Warren, for the song “Til It Happens to You,” from the doc The Hunting Ground.

Perry, in a series of tweets fired off early Monday morning, insinuated that Gaga did not contribute to the writing of the song, 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 via 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 hour-long 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.”

THR is in the process of reaching out to Warren, Gaga, Perry and the Academy for comment about Perry’s allegations.

More to come

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter by Scott Feinberg

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