Gaga, joined by abuse victims, introduced by Biden

Lady Gaga sang her Oscar-nominated song "Til It Happens to You” while surrounded by survivors of sexual abuse.
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Lady Gaga sang her Oscar-nominated song "Til It Happens to You” while surrounded by survivors of sexual abuse.

Vice President Joe Biden introduced Lady Gaga’s original song-nominated performance at the Oscars with an exhortation that people step up and put an end to sexual assault.

Calling himself ‘‘the least qualified man here,’’ Biden encouraged the audience to help change the culture by intervening in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.

The vice president then introduced Lady Gaga, who sang and played piano on"Til It Happens to You,’’ a song she co-wrote for ‘‘The Hunting Ground.’’


Gaga was joined by several victims of sexual assault, who had messages written in black on their bare arms.

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The rape survivors featured in Lady Gaga’s performance received a star-studded send-off as they filed out of the Dolby Theatre through the audience.

A jubilant Brie Larson embraced almost every woman and man as they walked past her front-row seat.

Kate Winslet stood up to hug members of the group.

Diane Warren, who co-wrote ‘‘'Til It Happens to You’’ with Gaga, immediately positioned herself at the bottom of the stage’s steps to offer hugs and kisses following the moving performance.

Vice President Joe Biden introduces a performance by Lady Gaga at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Vice President Joe Biden introduced Lady Gaga.

Gaga and survivors onstage.
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Gaga and survivors on stage.

Lady Gaga performs at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Lady Gaga’s song was nominated for an Oscar.

Derrik J. Lang of the Associated Press contributed to this reporer. Follow @derrikjlang on Twitter.