Lady Gaga is on fire. Barely two weeks after her incredible Bowie tribute at the Grammys, Mother Monster was back at it at Sunday night's 88th Academy Awards. Gaga, 29, brought the house down with a powerful performance of her Oscar-nominated song "Til It Happens to You"—a piece she cowrote with Diane Warren for the documentary The Hunting Ground, which explores the issue of rape on college campuses.
After an introduction from Vice President Joe Biden, and with tears in her eyes, Gaga belted out the emotional anthem from behind a white piano (below). For the last half of the song, the Grammy winner was joined on stage by a group of young sexual assault survivors who showed off hand-written messages on their arms that that said things like "Not Your Fault" and "Unbreakable."
Although she didn't end up with an Oscar for the song, Gaga (herself a survivor of sexual assault) was thrilled just to be recognized. "This nomination lends a voice to victims & survivors all over the world," she wrote on Instagram shortly after this year's nominations were announced. "Thank you to THE ACADEMY for recognizing the movement of people who have come together for this film & song in the name of sexual assault. Myself and Diane are simply honored to represent the voices of so many SURVIVORS."