Diane Warren Responds to Beyoncé Fans’ Outrage Over Songwriting Credits on Singer’s New Album

Diane Warren, a Hollywood hitmaker, tweeted what seemed like a straightforward question this morning: “How can there be 24 writers on one song?”

However, on Twitter, nothing is ever straightforward.

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As soon as Warren’s tweet appeared, Beyoncé’s legion of followers began responding in force. Her new album, Renaissance, features a track called “Alien Superstar,” and it has precisely 24 credited writers. Even though Warren did not name the song or the famous singer, the Beyhive was offended nonetheless.

Diane Warren Responds to Beyonce Fans’ Outrage

Billboard lists the following people as the song’s credited writers:

Beyoncé herself, Jay-Z (billed at S. Carter), Honey Redmond, Christopher Lawrence Penny, Luke Francis Matthew Solomon, Denisia “@Blue_June” Andrews for @Novawav, Brittany “Chi_Coney” 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.

Warren attempted to clarify his comments after a backlash from Beyoncé’s fans by tweeting, “This isn’t meant as shade, I’m just curious,” and later, “Ok, it’s prob samples that add up the amount [sic] of writers.” The Beyhive, however, was not amused.

Finally, this afternoon, Warren wrote, “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.”

Recently, Beyonce caused her own controversy and had to make amends for it.


Beyoncé, Drake, and seven other songwriters contributed to the Renaissance track “Heated,” which features the lyric “Spazzin’ on that a**, spazz on that a**.” Spastic diplegia is a form of cerebral palsy that affects muscle control and coordination. The term “spaz” is often used as a derogatory term to describe those suffering from it.

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