Musician Diane Warren has drawn the ire of Beyoncé’s fans on Twitter after wondering how a song could have so many authors.
Warren has since apologized to the Beyhive for the misunderstanding, insisting she wasn’t disrespectful to Beyoncé. Warren’s initial question was met with derision and harsh words from some, explaining how she is connected to black culture.
Warren has been ridiculed for the amount of award nominations she has without wins. She first clapped back at some comments before closing the debate with her apology.
“How can 24 writers work on a song?” asked Warren on Monday. She became a trending topic when she apparently referenced Beyoncé’s song “Alien Superstar” from her new album Renaissance.
Although she didn’t mention Beyoncé or the song by name, the Beyhive still came for her. This prompted Warren to tweet again, “Not meant as a shadow, just curious.”
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 wins.
“But I have 13 more nominations than U,” Warren replied with a cheeky emoji. “But the same number of wins,” @Notfancy_ said, including a meme from Beyoncé.
Ironically, Beyoncé also has the same number of wins as Warren and these Twitter users.
Singer-songwriter The-Dream candidly responded to Warren’s original statement and laid everything in front of her.
“You mean how does our (black) culture have so many writers, well it started because we couldn’t afford certain things in the beginning, so we started sampling and it became an art form, a big part of black culture (Hip hop). in America. If that era hadn’t happened, who knows. Are you good?” he wrote, earning almost 12,000 likes in the process.
To show he still has respect for Warren, The-Dream added, “By the way, I know it’s not a one-on-one writing contest that you’re not looking for from anyone here … You don’t want that smoke, and You know me I love you but come on. Stop pretending your records weren’t sampled.”
“I didn’t mean that as an attack or disrespect. I didn’t know that, thanks U for bringing this to my attention,” Warren replied directly to The-Dream. He answered and told Warren everything was fine.
After feeling the wrath of the Beyhive, Warren finally apologized for the misunderstanding six hours after sending the first tweet.
“Ok, I didn’t mean to disrespect Beyoncé, who I’ve worked with and admire. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding,” Warren said, drawing a line through the controversy.
Warren is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award-winning songwriter who has written hits such as LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” and “Because You Loved Me” by… Celine Dion wrote.
She is scheduled to receive an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences next year.
Beyoncé also recently came under fire for problematic lyrics in one of her new songs. Track number 11 (“Heated”) on their album Renaissance contained text deemed offensive to persons with disabilities.
“The word that is not intentionally used in a harmful manner will be substituted,” Beyoncé officials said in a brief statement diversity.