Lady Gaga performed an emotional rendition of “Til It Happens to You” with survivors of sexual assault at Sunday’s Oscars 2016, bringing the crowd to its feet for a standing ovation.
Lady Gaga dressed in white and seated at a white piano, Lady Gaga played the ballad, which was co-written by Diane Warren. Halfway through the performance, a group of women and men appeared on stage to join the singer in solidarity.
“Tonight’s performance is about giving a voice to the many victims of sexual assault and their families around the world,” Warren 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.”
“Til It Happens to You” is written by Lady Gaga and Warren, an eight-time Oscar nominee (her past work includes “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “There You’ll Be”) forThe Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.
Gaga first performed at the Oscars in 2015, when she took the stage for a medley honoring Sound of Music’s 50th anniversary.