A capella covers of Lady Gaga’s “Till It Happens to You” are making their way onto YouTube as part of a contest to raise awareness about sexual assault. And we don’t need to wait for a winner to be announced to start showing off how beautiful some of them are.
The Sing for Survivors Contest, sponsored by the White House’s “It’s On Us” initiative and the campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground,” is a call for college students to post videos of them performing a capella covers of “Till It Happens to You.” The track was composed by Diane Warren as the theme for “The Hunting Ground” and was nominated for an Oscar for best original song.
Winners will be picked by a panel of judges and win sheet music signed by Warren and Lady Gaga, as well as a Skype session with Pentatonix. Entries are due by March 15.
We found a few this week following Lady Gaga’s widely popular performance at the Oscars on Sunday, in which she invited college sexual assault survivors onstage with her, and decided to post some of the videos before a winner is picked.
Three Miles Lost, a group from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York, published their version on Monday.
The After School Specials, a group from the Claremont Colleges in California, appears to be one of the first campus clubs to upload an a capella cover of the song, putting their video online in January.
Four clubs from the University of Illinois — Girls Next Door A Cappella, Illinois Rip Chords, The ILL Harmonic and the Xtension Chords — came together to produce one video that they put on YouTube on Feb. 24.
Inversion, an all-male club from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, uploaded a version last week.
Another men’s club, the Singing Cardsmen from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, put their cover up last week as well.
And the last one we’ll share — for now — comes from SUNY Cortland A Cappella, which was also uploaded last week.