Last week, Lady Gaga showed support for fellow singer Kesha, who filed for sexual assault against her producer Dr. Luke. This week, however, Gaga showed support for all sexual assault victims with a touching performance at Oscars 2016.
Lady Gaga and Diane Warren collaborated to produce the song “Til It Happens To You,” the song Gaga performed during Oscars 2016 awards night last Sunday. The singer did not just display a touching and emotional performance; reports also pointed out that she herself could relate to the cause.
According to Rolling Stone, Gaga and Warren are both survivors of sexual assault. In fact, the song they created was made the soundtrack for a documentary on campus rape entitled “The Hunting Ground.” The song was also nominated for Best Original Song – Gaga’s first Oscar nomination.
While Gaga performed the song, she was joined by sexual assault survivors who had been practicing the performance since Thursday. According to one of them, “We worked with Gaga’s choreographer and Gaga also talked to us and spoke to us. We had a really wonderful time she was so genuine and had some really honest, powerful, and emotional conversations during rehearsal and during the live performance.”
Andrea L. Pino, the director of policy and support for End Rape on Campus and also one of those who joined Gaga onstage said, “[Gaga] told us that she thought people in the audience may feel comfortable now, because there might have been people in that audience – or who were watching TV – that have been assaulted and we hope to give them the courage to be strong,” reports People.
She added, “A lot of people watching that have dealt with this, we hope are now free to be vulnerable.”
Lady Gaga’s performance at the Oscars 2016 of the song “Til It Happens To You” garnered a standing ovation from artists such as Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rachel McAdams. In fact, Best Actress winner of the evening, Brie Larson, even hugged every single person who went up on stage.