Linda Perry is backtracking after recently lashing out at Lady Gaga over Gaga’s Oscar nomination. People reports that on Sunday, Perry took to Twitter to voice her opinion about Lady Gaga being nominated as a cowriter for the song “Til It Happens to You,” which is featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground. Linda Perry’s original tweet spoke of how Gaga really did not contribute to the writing of the song in any meaningful way and that it is truly Diane Warren’s song.
“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.’ 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.”
Her string of tweets went on about the situation.
“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.”
The backlash for her comments was swift and direct. Even though Linda Perry’s original tweets are now removed, the tweet that seemed to spark the entire Twitter exchange was when Perry tweeted congratulations last week to Diane Warren for writing the song and Lady Gaga for her performance.
Fans and followers spoke out against Linda Perry’s comments, saying both Gaga and Warren wrote the song, and Diane Warren herself tweeted that she and Gaga co-wrote the song.
USA Today reports that after Warren tweeted about the song and Gaga’s participation in writing it, Linda Perry came back on Twitter and apologized for her previous comments.
Linda Perry has been enjoying her own success from her song “Hands of Love,” which is the theme song for the movie Freeheld and was performed by Miley Cyrus.
In October, Perry told Billboard that she does not take credit for the song, even though she did write it.
“I don’t take ownership in something that beautiful, because it comes from somewhere else. All of a sudden, I hear lyrics, melody, the chords – it’s just all kind of coming. I think they thought I was on drugs or something. They were like, ‘There’s no way you’re going to tell us you wrote a song in 45 minutes on the way from the movie to here.'”
Unfortunately, Linda Perry did not receive an Oscar nomination for “Hands of Love.” Despite this, she has been enjoying great success with the song. Check out the song performed live on the Ellen DeGeneres Show by Linda Perry and Miley Cyrus.
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