Linda Perry isn’t giving Lady Gaga much credit for her song “Til it Happens to You,” which received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song on Thursday.
Perry posted multiple tweets in which she claimed that Gaga only rewrote one line in the song that was originally written by Diane Warren and featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground,” and therefore Perry believes Gaga doesn’t deserve the recognition.
“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,” Perry tweeted.
Perry, who is best known for being the lead singer and songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, went on on to say that Warren probably used Gaga to promote the song, and described Gaga as “a very smart business woman” while stating her love and admiration for the singer.
“I love Gaga so much respect and love this song that has nothing to do with anything. Why did Gaga get credit?” Perry added. “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.”
Perry also claimed that another artist was originally intended to sing the ballad in the film about rape on college campuses across the country. Warren cowrote the song with Gaga, who performed it for the documentary.
See Perry’s series of tweets below.