Lady Gaga may not have taken home a trophy during the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, but the songstress certainly won Oscar night with her beautiful, powerful performance of "Til It Happens to You," a song written about and in honor of survivors of sexual abuse.
Gaga -- who was nominated for Best Original Song alongside Diane Warren for the theme from campus sexual assault documentary "The Hunting Ground" -- was introduced by none other than Vice President Joe Biden, who was there to promote the White House's It's On Us campaign against sexual assault. The singer is an abuse survivor herself, and took her platform during Sunday's program seriously, putting on a heartwrenching performance of "Til It Happens to You" that was brimming with emotion.
The moment was made even more powerful by the appearance of approximately 50 other abuse survivors, who joined Gaga onstage. The men and women sported messages of hope scrawled on their arms, including "Unbreakable" and "Not Your Fault," and ended the performance with their arms raised in triumph.
Warren said in a statement released after the ceremony that that moving display was an intentional message.
"Tonight's performance is about giving a voice to the many victims of sexual assault and their families around the world," Warren's statement said. "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."
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