Diane Warren ‘meant no disrespect’ after criticizing Beyoncé songwriting credits


Diane Warren faced backlash on Twitter after questioning Beyoncé’s songwriting credits on one of her new songs.

“How can there be 24 writers on one song?,” she tweeted, adding an eye-roll emoji.

The songwriter followed up her original tweet saying, “This isn’t meant as shade, I’m just curious.”

“Ok, it’s prob samples that add up the amount of writers,” Warren, who has written songs for artists from Cher to Celine Dion, continued.

While Warren, 65, didn’t specify Beyoncé, 40, or her album by name, the Beyhive was quick to respond.

Singer-songwriter The-Dream was the first celeb to call Warren out.

“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 responded.

“If the question was genuine curiosity, why the eye roll? It was very passive aggressive,” one Beyoncé fan wrote.

“How you’ve been in the game for 80 years and don’t know how samples work?,” another person said.

The song “Alien Superstar” on Beyoncé’s new album “Renaissance” has 24 writers.
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“It’s quite simple. If you sample/interpolate several songs within a new recording all of those original songwriters receive credit along with those who contributed to the new composition,” one person tried to explain to the songwriter.

Writer Roxane Gay chimed into the conversation as well, tweeting in response to Warren, “Now, now. It was meant as shade. Own it if you’re going to say it.”

“This is kind of a boring ass narrative at this point and it’s sad to see artists attempt to devalue one another,” a fan wrote.

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.

Beyoncé faced her own backlash as well after the release of her new album over the use of the term “sp- -z” on her new “Renaissance” track “Heated.”

Beyoncé fans were quick to come to the singer’s defense.
Beyonce

Representatives for Beyoncé told The Post Monday, “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced.”

They added: “The road to success is always under construction.”