Linda Perry Slams Lady Gaga’s Oscar Nomination

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UPDATED: Lady Gaga is off to a very good start to 2016, scoring both a Golden Globes win and an Oscar nom, but Linda Perry spoke out on Monday to say that she doesn’t think the pop star is so deserving of the latter.

According to the songwriter and producer, Lady Gaga did not contribute enough to the “The Hunting Ground’s” “Til it Happens to You” to merit a nod for best original song. Instead, she said in since-deleted tweets, it was Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren, who has a co-writing credit along with Lady Gaga, who penned most of the song.

“Normally I wouldn’t respond to all this but I don’t know Im feeling spunky,” Perry tweeted on Monday. “There was another artist that originally was gonna sing #TIHTY.”

Perry went on to say that Lady Gaga rewrote only one line in the song: originally “til you got a hole ripped in your soul,” which was revised to “til you’re at the end, the end of your rope.”

“But chances are Diane still took part in rewriting that line which means Gaga contributed a few words,” Perry wrote. “Is that writing? Not in my book.”

She did, however, give Lady gaga some credit, tweeting, “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.”

Warren responded to the controversy on Twitter later on Sunday, maintaining that the song was a collaboration between the two songstresses.

“Til It Happens To You was written for The Hunting Ground, an incredibly powerful documentary about sexual assault on college campuses,” she wrote. “The song is the result of a special collaboration between myself and Lady Gaga. As Lady Gaga and I have consistly 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.”

As the situation unfolded on Monday, Perry tweeted an apology, and deleted her earlier comments.

“My sincere apologies,” she tweeted. “I made a mistake to comment. I wasn’t in the room when the #TIHTY was being written. More importantly, I wish the focus to remain on the great importance of the song and the message of the film.”

“Til it Happens to You” is up against “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” “Earned It,” “Racing Extinction’s” “Manta Ray,” “Youth’s” “Simple Song #3” and “Spectre’s” “Writings On the Wall” in the best original song category.

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    1. Terence Duke says:

      These are academy rules GAGA is in clear violation and her nomination should be rescended

      D. 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. Expressly excluded from eligibility are all of the
      1. music supervisors
      2. partial contributors (i.e., any writer not responsible for the overall design of the work)
      3. contributors working on speculation
      4. producers and arrangers not responsible for the creation of the original song or score

      Linda Perry had heard the demo before Gaga was attached, so the concept of the song was solely Diane Warren’s. Partial contributors are ineligible. Linda Perry is right to raise an objection. Gaga should not get a nomination. I don’t care what kind of a backroom deal the two women worked out; it is disrespectful to all songwriters who follow the rules.

    2. John Miller says:

      Perry. Wow, what a bitch!

    3. Michael anthony says:

      Let’s see what “The Talk” does with this on Tuesday. Totally unprofessional by Perry. If they sweep it under the rug, then they’re no better than The View. Any show that dishes dirt and rips other celebs, shouldn’t have double standards.

    4. Anon says:

      Never mind “Born This Way” vs. “Express Yourself.” Take a listen to 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” and compared it to Gaga’s “You And I.” Probably why Perry is a little jaded.

    5. Anon says:

      From this article I don’t have a clear understanding of what Linda Perry knows or how exactly she would know anything about how much (if any) Lady Gaga wrote of the Oscar nominated song, “Til It Happens To You.” But there are many valid reasons we should care what Perry thinks.

      Linda Perry is a solid songwriter, producer, and a highly in demand guitar session player. As has been mentioned, she had her own group, 4 Non Blondes. She has a Grammy for writing “Beautiful” for Christina Aguilera. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015. She wrote part (or all, I don’t know) of “Get The Party Started” for Pink, “What You Waiting For?” for Gwen Stefani, “Superwoman” for Alicia Keys & frankly the list is way too long to go on and on with the long list of stars for whom she has either written or produced.

      She is also married to actress Sara Gilbert, they have 1 child together and she is stepmother to 2 children Gilbert has from a previous relationship. She’s always been an honest, very open person, who doesn’t believe in many “secrets”. lol She has always shown a good deal of integrity as far as the music business is concerned.

      • KatieB says:

        highly in demand guitar session player? not even, that’s crazy, guitar is not her thing at all. the rest of your post regarding her accomplishments is accurate, but still no reason to care what she thinks. LP made a big push for an Oscar nod for her song from some movie that didn’t happen, so she got a bitter. she should have saved her griping to friends instead of getting all “spunky” on social media

      • Michael anthony says:

        So what? You can have a long list of distinguished accomplishments and still make a stupid remark. Diane Warren worked with Gaga, not Perry. Perry’s just upset as her last lp a children’s album, went nowhere.

    6. Lisa says:

      There have been murmurings that Lady Gaga ‘borrows’ songs from other songwriters and puts her (nick)name on them. Listen to ‘Born This Way’ against ‘Express Yourself’ by Madonna. I’m just surprised how little Madonna did about it. She could have nipped this thievery in the bud a long time ago.

      • Michael anthony says:

        Murmorings? Rumours? Borrows songs? If you knew one iota about the biz, you’d know that’s not true. There are only 7 or 8 chords in total. ALL SONGS are derivatives of others.

    7. Ross says:

      And Linda Perry’s opinion is note worthy?

    8. Jr says:

      The fact that Lady gaga gets a Golden Globe Award for her expression-free work on AHS over Kirsten Dunst’s performance on Fargo is, to me, a clear indication that something was bought and paid for. Nothing else makes sense. Even her blubbery acceptance speech was a lousy performance, as her eyes were completely dry throughout that acceptance.

    9. Heads Too Big For Even THAT Hat says:

      Linda Perry is a shockingly arrogant individual who I had the misfortune of having to hear spew her generally caustic and ignorant sputum recently. I hadn’t heard of her (which apparently makes me completely insignificant to those in the cult) and I wish I never had. I’m surprised that her wife can tolerate her solipsistic bravado – I thought the wife seemed pretty cool from the outside, not having met her – but Ms. Perry sure reinforces an unpleasant stereotype. All this to say – take whatever this woman says with a boulder of salt. There is either a personal agenda involved or a temporary chemical imbalance (that will probably be handled by lunch).

    10. tlsnyder42 says:

      The FURIOUS 7 song should have been nominated too.

    11. John Smith says:

      I can’t believe Diane Warren thought it was a good idea to put Lady Gaga on the track. Just a few weeks before Gaga’s story came out, she was getting backlash for teaming up with accused predators R. Kelly and Terry Richardson on “Do What U Want.” The backlash got so bad that Gaga even had to scrap the video for this song. The leaked footage showed her glorifying predators for shock value..

      • LM says:

        At some Hollywood event last year Diane Warren lashed out at Rita Ora for not promoting her Oscar-nominated song, “Grateful” from the film Beyond the Lights.

        “‘It’s a little frustrating,’ complained Warren, a seven-time Oscar nominee who really wants to win this time. ‘It’s like, there’s no support. She’s going to sing for, what, a billion people? What an opportunity! And she tweeted about it twice. I’m like, Really?'” (this quote is from Billboard)

        I guess Warren wasn’t taking any chances this year and enlisted the help of Gaga to make sure the word got out and in exchange Gaga gets an Oscar. Perry heard the demo before Gaga signed on, she has no reason to lie. The rules regarding songwriting credit are very specific and if Perry pushed the issue, Gaga could have been disqualified.

        Sidenote: Warren refused to give Beyonce a co-writing credit on a song a few years ago and outed her as one of those artists who write a word and gets a third. Rita Ora is signed to Jay Z’s label. Maybe that’s why there wasn’t any promotion for Warren’s song. This, my friends, is how the music industry works.

      • Michael anthony says:

        There was not a “few weeks” between these incidents. More like a few years. Backlash? Hardly. Kelly just released a new lp and Richardson us in demand as ever. And yet you blame Gaga. At least Lisa bought your story. She who has strong opinions on the evils if Gaga, did not know story! I guess you can still fool some people. Get your facts straight before you slam someone. I’m sure you’d be none too happy if your FB page was filled with lies.

      • Lisa says:

        Interesting, I didn’t know about that.

        • John Smith says:

          Michael Anthony: That is a straight-up lie. TMZ released the disgusting video teaser footage for Gaga’s “Do What U Want” in June of 2014. A simple Google search will show that there was indeed major backlash which is why the video never came out, and the gross teaser clips can be seen on YouTube.. A few weeks later Gaga started hinting about a rape before eventually doing the interview with Howard Stern in December of 2014. Around this time she teamed up with Diane Warren.

    12. LOL says:

      Linda Perry is a genius pop hitmaker.

    13. Moose says:

      Gaga “acting” award is ludicrous and EVERYONE knows it.

    14. PS says:

      Geez. First of all. Linda Perry, it’s none of your business. Secondly, Diane Warren, a pro and veteran who knows what she’s doing, agreed to this. Nobody held a gun to her head. So again, Linda Perrry, it’s none of your business. And where youe there when they wrote the song? I doubt it.

    15. Equipment guy says:

      Linda is 100% right but at least Diane Warren has a piece of the publishing rights and will be okay with that, plus maybe an Oscar. This crap happens all the time with screenwriters too, big name writer comes in and does a polish and the schlub who wrote it doesn’t get the onscreen credit but at least a paycheck. Don’t try and make a stink with a lawyer or union otherwise your in writers jail, have to head back to Michigan and work for your uncle in a widget factory.

    16. Damon Strong says:

      Ha ha. Jealousy is ugly and so is that Linda chick, whoever she is. I’ve never heard of her until now.

      • PS says:

        That speaks more for your ignorance and lack of knowledge than Linda Perry’s career. Even if you don’t know her, you have heard plenty of songs she’s written. Regarding the songs she performed you probably know the song “What’s up” which was a hit for her and her band 4 non blondes in the early 90s.

        • PS says:

          No argument there. That song is only good, when drunk, but it was a worldwide hit. You couldn’t escape that song. The same goes for “Let’s get the party started”. Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” though is a great song.

        • ChuckEV says:

          And a thoroughly awful song that was – unreal that it would launch a career.

    17. Makia says:

      Everyone who thinks with the head knows that Gaga bought the Golden Globe and Oscar Nomination. Probably bought an Oscar too. It just shows how money can buy everything. By the way Gaga should lay off botox.

      • Whisper Willow says:

        Who is this pathetic little creature name Makia? Poor thing thinks she knows how Hollywood works from her Mommie’s basement. She needs to post about things she knows something about, like the price of Tide. Go away child, you bother me.

      • Madison Chua says:

        So, did Taraji Henson buy her Golden Globe, Makia? Brie Larson, Jon Hamm, Christian Slater, Oscar Isacc too? Rachel Bloom too? Did each and every winner (past and present) buy the Golden Globe? Or is the truth more difficult to stomach? That the award was determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and cannot be bought.

      • Maybe you can buy a Golden Globe. Ask Pia Zadora about 1982’s Butterfly. But, there are no poor people involved with the Oscars. Nearly everyone is a power broker in the Motion Picture Academy.

        • Emma says:

          Ask Sharon Stone how her attempt at buying a Golden Globe went. Not too successful.

          The Globes are truly a joke. Most non-industry people don’t realize that the HFPA is made up of roughly 90 journalists, none of whom write for a U.S. based publication.

          They throw a party and nominate the biggest A-listers in every category is homes of getting a photo with a star. It’s ridiculous.

      • Ja says:

        That’s funny. All these accusations of buying nominations and awards, yet no proof.
        You’re all talk.

      • Lex says:

        Trolls are like open sores. They just ooze their scum all over. Making just wants to whine. Get lost lady.

      • MakiaFlop says:

        you sound pressed may god help your stupid soul

        • Makia says:

          What’s the matter little monster? The truth hurts , doesn’t it? Go worship your Botoxed Gaga. it will help your IQ for sure

    18. Poor Linda she didn’t grab the nomination for the Carol song and now she’s trying to shit Gaga..JELOUSY

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