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Lady Gaga Pays Tribute to Sexual Assault Survivors at Oscars

Lady Gaga paid an emotional tribute to sexual assault survivors by inviting them to join her onstage during her performance at the Oscars on Sunday night (28Feb16).

The Born This Way star and singer/songwriter Diane Warren were nominated for their track Til It Happens to You from documentary The Hunting Ground, which shines a light on sex attacks at U.S. college campuses, and the pop star took the stage at the Hollywood ceremony to perform the tune.

The message of the song became even more powerful when she was joined by men and women who are survivors of sexual assault.

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Phrases such as “Not your fault”, “Unbreakable”, and “Survivor” were written on their forearms, and at the end of the performance they raised their arms together in solidarity.

The moment left several stars in tears, including Rachel McAdams and Kate Winslet, who joined the rest of the audience in a standing ovation.

Although Gaga and Warren lost the Oscar to Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes for their Spectre song Writing’s On The Wall, she still earned praise from celebrities watching at home.

Rocker Gene Simmons tweeted, “I believe @ladygaga is the only rockstar of this generation,” while supermodel Tyra Banks wrote, “You continue to give me chills @ladygaga. #Oscars My love goes out to all who have been sexually assaulted. #NotYourFault”.

Gaga’s moving performance comes one year after she also received a standing ovation for her Sound of Music tribute at last year’s (15) ceremony. And in the past few weeks, she praise for her tribute to the late David Bowie at the Grammys and her pitch-perfect rendition of the U.S. National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

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