'50 survivors, so brave, relentless determination,' Gaga wrote in an Instagram post.
Lady Gaga may not have walked away with an Oscar for best original song, but her powerful performance of “Til It Happens To You,” which she wrote with Diane Warren for sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, will go down as one of the most memorable moments of the 2016 Academy Awards.
After the show, during which she sang in front of 50 survivors of sexual assault, who wore messages like “Not Your Fault” on stage, Gaga posted a photo to Instagram. “Thank you for standing next to me on stage,” she write in a caption on a pic of the survivors. “Thank you for all the things you said, for listening to my story and sharing yours. I will never forget it. 50 survivors, so brave, relentless determination.”
“Tonight’s performance is about giving a voice to the many victims of sexual assault and their families around the world,” Warren had said in a statement. “We are honored to represent so many survivors and hope ‘Til It Happens To You’ empowers those watching to get involved and become part of a solution.”
Vice President Joe Biden introduced Gaga’s performance, and said, “Take the pledge, which says I will intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given. Let’s change the culture. We must and we can change the culture, so that no abused woman or man, ever has to ask themselves what did I do. They did nothing wrong.”
“Til it Happens To You” lost the Oscar to Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes’ Bond theme, “Writing’s On The Wall.”