Gaga says assault won't define her after Oscar performance

Lady Gaga receives a robust hug after singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7.

LOS ANGELES — Lady Gaga, a survivor of sexual assault, says performing "Til It Happens to You" — her song about sexual abuse on college campuses — at tonight’s (Sunday) Academy Awards will feel liberating and emancipating.

"It's something in my life that's always really kind of defined me up until this point. In a strange way I feel like it won't define me anymore after I sing it on TV at the Oscars, if I can let it go maybe," Gaga said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

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