Gaga performed her Oscar-nominated song “Til’ It Happens to You” during the award show and had victims join her onstage with meaningful words like “survivor” scrawled on their arms.
— Wayne (@HausofWayne) February 29, 2016
— Sinisterbabe 📷♕🖌 (@Sinisterbabe) February 29, 2016
@ladygaga I never thought I would be loved either!! What an incredible performance!!! Thank you for being a voice for me and others!
— Marcella White (@micahsmother) February 29, 2016
I too am a survivor too @ladygaga thank you for helping to shine a light where most of the time there is nothing but darkness
— LadyLaurie💜BeachBum (@KLaurieks) February 29, 2016
Gaga herself is a survivor of sexual assault.
“I didn’t tell anyone for I think seven years,” Gaga explained during a TimesTalk session in New York City. “I didn’t know how to think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it. I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it [wasn’t] my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely.”
She first spoke about her rape during a 2014 interview with Howard Stern.
.@kesharose I'll be thinking of u 2nite. This is not over we'll stand by u until you are free to live a HAPPY life. Everyone deserves that.
As if all of that weren’t enough, Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the performance by introducing Gaga and encourage viewers everywhere to take a pledge to stop sexual assault. You can sign up to take the pledge at itsonus.org.
And though Gaga didn’t end up winning the Oscar — the award for Best Original Song went to Sam Smith — it’s safe to say it was a performance to remember.
Watch Gaga’s big Oscar moment below in case you missed it.
— Lady Gaga Facts (@LGMonsterFacts) February 29, 2016
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