Diane Warren Faces Backlash After Criticising Beyoncé’s Songwriting Credits
American songwriter Diane Warren has come under fire on Twitter after questioning Beyoncé’s songwriting credits on her single, “Alien Superstar” off “Renaissance.”
Warren had tweeted, “How can there be 24 writers on one song?,” adding an eye-roll emoji.
The songwriter followed up her original tweet, writing, “This isn’t meant as shade, I’m just curious.”
She continued, “Ok, it’s prob samples that add up the amount of writers.”
Although Beyoncé, or her album were not mentioned by name by Warren, the Beyhive was quick to react.
The Dream, a singer-songwriter, was the first famous person to criticize Warren.
“You mean how’s does our (Black) culture have so many writers, well it started because we couldn’t afford certain things starting out, so we started sampling and it became an Artform, a major part of the Black Culture (hip hop) in America. Had that era not happen who knows. U good?,” The Dream tweeted.
“I didn’t mean that as an attack or as disrespect. I didn’t know this, thank U for making me aware of it. No need to be mean about it,” Warren replied.
Writer Roxane Gay also addressed Warren, “Now, now. It was meant as shade. Own it if you’re going to say it.”
Warren later apologized, writing, “I meant no disrespect to @Beyonce, who I’ve worked with and admire. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding.”
According to Billboard, the song “Alien Superstar” on Beyoncé’s new album “Renaissance” has 24 writers: Beyoncé herself, S. Carter (Jay-Z), Honey
Redmond, Christopher Laurence Penny, Luke Francis Matthew Solomon, Denisia “@Blu_June” Andrews for @Novawav, Brittany “@Chi_Coney” for @Novawav, David Debrandon Brown, Dave Hamelin, Timothy Lee McKenzie, Danielle Balbuena, Rami Yacoub, Leven Kali, Atia Boggs p/k/a Ink, Levar Coppin, Saliou Diagne, Mike Dean, Robert Francis Anthony Manzoli, Richard Peter John Fairbrass, Christopher Abbott Bernard Fairbrass, John Michael Holiday, Barbara Ann Teer, Kim Cooper and Peter Rauhofer.