Diane Warren

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Diane Warren (2009)

Diane Eve Warren (born September 7, 1956 in Van Nuys , Los Angeles , California ) is an American composer . Her specialty are mostly rock ballads . But you also get hits in the areas of country, soul or pop. She has received several awards for her compositions, including the Grammy and the Golden Globe . In the US alone, she has had nine number one hits and 32 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 so far .


Diane Warren came from a Jewish family. Her mother advised her to give up her dream of becoming a songwriter and work as a secretary . But she got support for her later job from her father. The song Because You Loved Me (in German: Because you loved me ) Warren wrote in memory of her father.

Diane Warren received her first contract in the early 1980s from the German music producer Jack White , who was aiming for a breakthrough on the international pop market at that time. The earliest artists to record Warren's songs included Stevie Woods and Laura Branigan . For the latter, she wrote the English text for Solitaire , the original a French title by Martine Clémenceau . This song was number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1983 - the first hit for Warren. The song If You Loved Me was composed with Branigan as early as 1982 . White, who at that time was particularly successful as a hit producer, recorded the song in the same year with Lena Valaitis and years later with Andrea Jürgens .

1985 was followed by Rhythm of the Night of DeBarge : Warren had not only written this time the text, but also composed the music.

In 1986, Warren founded her own publishing house , Realsongs, after a legal battle with Jack White . This gave her control over her compositions. This was followed by big hits as Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship , Who Will You Run To? by Heart or I Get Weak by Belinda Carlisle .

To date, she has had over 100 hits in the singles charts in both the USA and Great Britain. She was number one in the USA nine times: Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship (1987), Look Away from Chicago (1988), Blame It on the Rain by Milli Vanilli (1989) and When I See You Smile by Bad English (1989), Love Will Lead You Back by Taylor Dayne (1990), Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion (1996), and Un-Break My Heart for Toni Braxton (1996), I Don't Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith (1998) and Have You Ever by Brandy (1999). In Britain, alongside stood Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now Starship and Do not Turn Around by Aswad (1988) and Can not Fight the Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes (2000) topped the charts.

Although Warren's songs are mostly romantic love songs, she is still unmarried today and rarely entered into love affairs.

Songs for film and television

More than 70 songs by her can be heard in films and TV series . Among the best known include: " Because You Loved Me " sung by Celine Dion from the film Up Close & Personal , and "I Do not Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith from Armageddon and "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill from Pearl Harbor (film) . Or “Faith Of The Heat” once sung by Rod Stewart for Patch Adams (film) ; in the OST - CD it is the first title, and later the title was changed for the title track of the sci-fi television series Star Trek: Enterprise "Where My Heart Will Take Me" sung by the British tenor Russell Watson . She won the Golden Globe Award for the song "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from the musical film Burlesque (2010) . Nominations 2016 Til It Happens To You (German: Until it happens to you) written and sung by Lady Gaga for the documentary Freiwild - Tatort University ; 2018 as Best Song for “Stand Up for Something” from the film Marshall (film) with co-composers Common and Andra Day .

Diane Warren Foundation

The Diane Warren Foundation was established to support areas that are important to Warren. The foundation is dedicated to promoting the rights and protection of animals and enriches the lives of the elderly and people with life-threatening diseases. The Diane Warren Foundation is also involved in music charity events.


Seven times (1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003) Warren won the Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Award from the American Musicians' Association ASCAP .

At the Grammy Awards in 1997 , she won with the piece Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion . So far, she has been nominated 15 times for a Grammy. She was also nominated a total of nine times for the Oscar , most recently in 2018 for Stand up for Something .

In 2011 she won the Golden Globe for the song You Haven't Seen the Last of Me ( Cher ) from the soundtrack to the film Burlesque .

In 2020 she will be awarded the Polar Music Prize together with Anna Netrebko .

Web links

Commons : Diane Warren  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Billboard Hot 100 Diane Warren's Biggest Hot 100 Hits on January 26, 2016, accessed May 26, 2020.
  2. Paul Tingen: Diane Warren: The World's Most Successful Songwriter . Sound On Sound, August 2008, accessed March 26, 2016.
  3. Jim Steinblatt: Interview Wonder Woman: The amazing, true life adventures of one of America's greatest hitmakers, Diane Warren. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), September 1, 2006, accessed September 7, 2016.
  4. Chart history UK + US, musicvf.com , accessed on March 26, 2016
  5. Recording Academy GRAMMY Awards - Artists: Diane Warren. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  6. www.goldderby.com (article in English) Songwriter Diane Warren: Looking back at all 9 Oscar nominations, from "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" to "Stand Up for Something" on February 26, 2018, accessed on May 26, 2020