The Producers Guild of America announced today that singer Lady Gaga will be performing her Oscar- and Grammy-nominated song “Til It Happens To You” at Saturday’s PGA Awards.
The song, which was co-written by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, is featured in Kirby Dick’s documentary “The Hunting Ground.” “The Hunting Ground,” which ultimately failed to be nominated at this year’s Oscars, is receiving the Stanley Kramer Award at the PGA Awards this year.
The award is given to a production that brings light to social issues. The film focuses on sexual assault survivors at college campuses, an issue with which Gaga is very familiar. The singer opened up in recent years about her own rape, which occurred when she was 19.
Speaking about writing such a personal song, Gaga told the LA Times, “Diane will tell you, it was really hard for me when [the song] came out. I was really stressed out about it. Every time I listen to it, I cry. Every time I get a text about it, I always feel sick. It’s like this thing you don’t want to face. But because she wanted to face it with me, it reminded me of what the song is for.”
Lady Gaga performing the song at the ceremony provides an opportunity for Academy voters to hear the emotional anthem before voting closes. Many have the song pegged as the winner of this year’s Best Original Song.
Saturday’s PGA Awards will also provide the first big clues about who will take home Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. In the last eight years, no film has gone on to win at the Oscars that hasn’t first won the PGA. In the entire 26-year history of the PGA Awards, the winner has gone on to win the Best Picture award a whopping 19 times.
The PGAs should help to clarify what has so far been a murky race.