Musician Diane Warren faced the ire of Beyoncé fans on Twitter when she questioned how one song could have so many writers.
Warren has since apologized to the Beehive for the misunderstanding, and insisted he didn’t mean to disrespect Beyoncé. Warren’s initial question was met with ridicule and harsh words from some who explained how it connected to black culture.
Warren was ridiculed for the amount of award nominations without any winnings. She initially clapped over several comments before ending the argument with her apology.
“How can there be 24 writers on one song?” asked Warren on Monday. She became a trending topic as she appeared to make a reference to Beyoncé’s song “Alien Superstar” from her new album. Renaissance,
Although she didn’t name Beyoncé or the song, the Beehive came for her. This prompted Warren to retweet, “It’s not meant as a shadow, I’m just curious.”
Responding to Warren’s original question about songwriters, @TaylorBold replied, “The same way you have 13 nominations and no wins,” including a screenshot of Warren’s 13 Oscar nominations for Best Original Song, but no not win.
“But I have 13 more nominations than U,” Warren replied with a cheeky emoji. “But equal amount of winnings,” @Notfancy_ said, including a meme from Beyoncé.
Ironically, Beyoncé also has the same victories as Warren and these Twitter users.
Responding honestly to Warren’s original statement, singer-songwriter The-Dream settled it all for her.
“You mean how come there are so many writers in our (Black) culture, well it started because we couldn’t start some things, so we started sampling and it’s a staple of Black culture (hip hop) The part became artform. In America. Wasn’t that era, who knows. You’re good?” He wrote, earning nearly 12,000 likes in the process.
Showing that he still has respect for Warren, The-Dream said, “BTW I know this isn’t a one-on-one writing contest you’re not looking for from anyone here… Don’t want to and you know I love you, but come on. Stop acting like your record isn’t sampled.”
“I didn’t mean that as an attack or as disrespect. I didn’t know that, thank u for making me aware of it,” Warren replied directly to The-Dream. He responded by telling Warren that it was all good.
Beyhive finally apologized for the misunderstanding six hours after sending the initial tweet after feeling Warren’s wrath.
“Well, I didn’t mean to be disrespectful to Beyoncé, whom I’ve worked with and admired. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding,” Warren said, drawing a line through the controversy.
Warren is an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning songwriter who wrote hits such as Leanne Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” .
He is set to receive an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences next year.
Beyoncé has also recently come under criticism for problematic lyrics in one of her new songs. Track number 11 (“Hot”) on her album Renaissance It included songs that were deemed derogatory to people with disabilities.
“Words that have not been used in a deliberately harmful manner will be changed,” representatives for Beyoncé said in a brief statement. Diversity,