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Lady Gaga makes emotional performance at the Oscars

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As an activist towards ending sexual abuse in college, on February 28, Lady Gaga sang “Till it Happens to You” at the Oscars. The emotional performance evoked tears in the audience as Lady Gaga played on the piano and was later joined with 50 sexual assault survivors. Photo attribution to David Björn at Flickr.
As an activist towards ending sexual abuse in college, on February 28, Lady Gaga sang "Till it Happens to You" at the Oscars. The emotional performance evoked tears in the audience as Lady Gaga played on the piano and was later joined with 50 sexual assault survivors. Photo attribution to David Björn at Flickr.
As an activist towards ending sexual abuse in college, on February 28, Lady Gaga sang “Till it Happens to You” at the Oscars. The emotional performance evoked tears in the audience as Lady Gaga played on the piano and was later joined with 50 sexual assault survivors. Photo attribution to David Björn at Flickr.

by Nicole Kuliyev, junior entertainment editor

During this year’s Oscars, one of the most powerful and emotional performances took place when Lady Gaga stepped on stage. Gaga performed her song, “Till it Happens to You” on February 28th. The song is based on sexual abuse in college campuses. The pop star herself was a victim of sexual abuse at the age of 19.

Before the performance, Vice President Joe Biden called for support on a campaign called, “It’s On Us”.

During her performance, Gaga played the heart wrenching song on the piano while holding back tears. Towards the end of the performance, a screen lifted behind Gaga and 50 sexual assault survivors appeared on stage. They all stood behind Gaga holding out their hands that read messages such as “You Are Love,” “Survivor,” “Not Your Fault,” etc. The 29 year old received a standing ovation and many tears from the audience.  

“I’m not an emotional person but when I was watching that performance, I got the chills. She was so passionate about what she was singing,” junior Elizabeth Browne said.

Gaga also showed her support for the artist Kesha, who is currently battling over legal issues with Dr. Luke, who is alleged to have sexually harassed her.

Gaga cowrote this song with Diane Warren for the documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” which deals with the issue of sexual assault in college. She released the music video for the song on September 17, 2015. A portion of the proceeds that the song makes will be donated to organizations that help victims.

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