Watch Lady Gaga's Powerful Oscars Performance

Everyone was in tears for good reason.

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Tonight, Lady Gaga performed her Oscar-nominated song "'Til It Happens to You" (opens in new tab) at the Academy Awards. The rendition was emotional, powerful, and beautiful, with survivors coming out at the end to join her on stage:

"It's such an important song to me," Lady Gaga said on the red carpet. "One in five women will be raped before the time they finish college; one in 20 men will be raped before the time they finish their schooling at their university. It's something that is deeply connected to my heart. I am myself a survivor (opens in new tab); Diane Warren is herself a survivor of sexual violence, and we are here tonight and very grateful to the Academy for giving us this world stage to reward survivors for being brave and coming forward."

Vice President Joe Biden introduced her performance, urging viewers to change the culture around sexual assault. Victims "did nothing wrong. Take the pledge, visit itsonus.org."

Before Lady Gaga took the stage, she posted a tribute to her fiancé Taylor Kinney. "He loves the survivor in me," she wrote. "He's stood by me all night proud and unashamedly. THAT'S a real man."

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Earlier in the night, Lady Gaga also tweeted a special shoutout to Kesha, who testified Dr. Luke sexually assaulted her in her Sony court battle (opens in new tab):

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Alyssa Bailey
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.