Oscars Audience Moved To Tears By Lady Gaga Performance

It was the most emotional moment for those in the Oscar audience: Lady Gaga’s intense performance of Diane Warren’s song “Til It Happens to You” from the film The Hunting Ground. (Watch above) The audience at the Dolby Theatre was visibly moved by the performance, some — like Best Actress winner Brie Larson — seen weeping as the performance ended. And it can’t be denied that the moment — particularly what it symbolized for the fight against sexual assault — was effective.

Beginning on a simple darkened stage, Gaga sat behind a white piano dressed in a matching white dress. But as the song (and Gaga’s voice) crescendoed, she was joined onstage by dozens of survivors of sexual assault who stood still, arm in arm, behind her. It helped of course that the performance was introduced — and the audience primed — by none other than Vice President Joe Biden, who used the occasion to call for people to join in the White House’s anti-sexual assault campaign It’s On Us.

Nonetheless, Gaga delivered an energetic, emotional rendition of the song, even if — at least according to some fans on social media — it sounded off-key to some. That might have been a technical matter, however; Adele’s performance at the 2016 Grammys was for many viewers similarly off-key, a problem the singer attributed to bad placement of a mic cord. Notably, a piano factored into that performance as well.

  1. I wish I could have been moved, but I could not get past the fact that HER FACE DID NOT MOVE. I mean, it was so frozen with Botox that I think it even hampered her singing. WTF? She’s so young. Why is she doing that to her face?

  2. With respect, I thought it was all over the top–everything from using the Biden to introduce her, to having all these survivors come on stage, and Gaga was a bit too forceful. A song like this doesn’t need all that “dressing.” Glad it didn’t win.

  3. It was also one of the few non-cynical, non-meta moments of the show, where people could take what they were seeing as sincere instead of having to figure out all the angles to it and worry about how they were reacting to it. Bravo to Lady Gaga and Vice President Biden, and a;; the brave survivors who appreared onstage.

  4. I can deny it was effective, contrary to your assertion. She acted like she was having a seizure. It was ridiculous. And hilarious.

  5. Lada Gaga’s performance made me cry…So powerful—one of the real experiences of the evening…Gaga has “range” every which way there is. (Didn’t notice that it was “off-key” at our house..)

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