Diane Warren Says She ‘Meant No Disrespect’ to Beyoncé After Epic BeyHive Dragging

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Songwriter Diane Warren apologized on Twitter after commenting on 24 songwriters who contributed to new Beyoncé song “Alien Superstar.”

The BeyHive backed songwriter, musician and producer Diane Warren into a corner after allegedly referencing new Beyoncé track “Alien Superstar.” Days after Bey released her seventh album Renaissance, on Monday (August 1), Warren tweeted “How can there be 24 writers on a song?” Although Warren didn’t mention any artist by name, the BeyHive promptly responded, as third Renaissance track “Alien Superstar” has 24 songwriters listed in the credits.

Warren, whose career as a songwriter began in the 1980s, has written monumental hits in R&B and pop, including “Un-break My Heart” by Toni Braxton, “For You I Will” by Monica, “Have You Ever?” by Brandy, “The One I Gave My Heart To” by Aaliyah and more. Warren even wrote Beyoncé’s 2011 track “I Was Here” from her fourth album, aptly titled 4.

On Twitter, Warren attempted to clarify that her initial tweet wasn’t “meant as shade,” but with the BeyHive’s feelings still raw after Kelis backlash, the swarm ensued. Some Beyoncé fans even pulled up the fact that Warren has had 13 nominations in the Best Original Song category at The Oscars but has yet to win.

Singer-songwriter and producer The-Dream even jumped in to defend Renaissance, as he c0-wrote ten songs on the album, including lead single “Break My Soul.” Without mentioning the song’s title, The-Dream promptly clarified that “Alien Superstar” contained samples and interpolations.

He also shared that the song included a number of “young writers” and that songwriting is “more fun together.”

Ultimately, Warren apologized, claiming that she meant “no disrespect” to Beyoncé.

Beyoncé also made an apology on Monday after some listeners took offense to her usage of the ableist word “spaz” on track “Heated.” The Grammy-winner made a statement that the lyric would be removed. “The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” a statement from the singer’s team reads. “The road to success is always under construction.”

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