Lady Gaga's Emotional Oscars 2016 Performance of 'Til It Happens to You' Move Stars to Tears
Following her performance at the Grammys, Lady Gaga once again took the stage with a powerful Oscars performance of Diane Warren’s song “Til It Happens to You” from the movie, The Hunting Ground that moved those in the audience to tears.
At the beginning of the show, Gaga was seen sitting behind a white piano wearing a white dress, belting an emotional rendition of the song which is about sexual assaults on college campuses.
After a while, the screen lifted revealing real life survivors of sexual assault behind Gaga, holding hands with messages on their arms that read, “Not Your Fault,” "Survivor," "You Are Love," "Unbreakable." As the song ended, the survivors raised their hands in solidarity while the audience gave them a standing ovation. Many stars were seen with tears in their eyes like Kate Winslet and Rachel McAdams, CNN reported.
What added more impact to the number was the introduction of Vice President Joe Biden who called for people to support the White House’s anti-sexual assault campaign, It’s On Us.
“We can and must change the culture so that no abused woman or man has to ask, ‘What did I do?’ They did nothing wrong,” he said, urging the audience and the viewers to visit the website, ItsOnUs.org and make a pledge to help stop sexual assault, Daily News reported.
Aside from that, best actress winner Brie Larson was seen giving a hug to each and every single person who joined Gaga for the performance while they walked off the stage.
Larson was crying during the performance, perhaps because her role in Room is that of a woman who was placed in sexual captivity by a kidnapper. She spends years in an underground bunker but manages to escape with her son, played by Jacob Tremblay, US Magazine reported. Apparently, the actress was moved by the heartfelt singing of the Oscar-nominated songstress.
Before her performance, the "Poker Face" singer expressed her support for Kesha, who is currently in a legal battle with Dr. Luke due to sexual harassment, as previously reported by Music Times.
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 29, 2016