Lady Gaga Emmy nomination: Til It Happens to You makes history
Following a monumental year spearheaded by the release of a rousing anti-rape track, “Til It Happens To You,” Lady Gaga made history Thursday morning as the writer and producer of the first song ever to receive Emmy, Oscar, and Grammy nominations all in the same awards year.
Despite her work on the track, Gaga is not credited on the nomination in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category and, therefore, will not receive the award if the song wins; Diane Warren, who co-wrote the ballad, will. According to The A.V. Club, a representative for the TV Academy indicated Gaga did not submit herself for Emmy consideration, as she did not meet the category’s 20 percent cue sheet accreditation requirement. Cue sheets track individual artists’ contributions to a single project. Warren’s cue sheet credit on “Til It Happens To You” reportedly stands at 90 percent, while Gaga picks up the remaining 10.
Other nominees in the category include Empire‘s Jim Beanz (“Good People”), Galavant‘s Alan Menken and Glenn Slater (“A New Season”), Garfunkel and Oates‘ Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci (“Frozen Lullaby”), and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Adam Schlesinger, Rachel Bloom, and Jack Dolgen (“Settle For Me”).
“Til It Happens to You,” which peaked at No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100, was penned for the soundtrack of the college sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, which previously aired on CNN. It scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song earlier this year, though it lost to Sam Smith’s Spectre theme song, “Writing’s On The Wall,” in a stunning upset. Gaga and Warren’s collaboration also received a nod at the 58th Grammy Awards for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Though she missed out on an individual nomination this time around, Gaga already has two Emmy nominations under her belt. As an executive producer, she was recognized by the Television Academy for her work on two live specials: 2011’s Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden and 2015’s Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!