Episode 141 – Diane Warren

13-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren looking for No. 14
By LA Stories Staff Hollywood
PUBLISHED 5:00 AM PT Jan. 16, 2023

Diane Warren has written some of the most memorable songs of our time, including Leanne Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing.”

Warren has worked with everyone from Celine Dion to Snoop Dogg. In fact, she is tied for having written the most No. 1 songs as a sole writer in Billboard history.

Her secret? “I show up. I go to work,” Warren said. “You have to believe in yourself. You can’t have anybody believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself first.”

In the latest episode of “LA Stories,” Warren opens up to host Giselle Fernandez about her rise to fame and looks back at some of the most memorable moments.

Warren’s father gave her her first guitar when she was just 11 years old, and she started writing songs when she was a teenager. She says she always knew she would be a songwriter, insisting she wasn’t good at anything else.

Since finding success, Warren has been inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and nominated for 13 Academy Awards. More recently, she won an honorary Oscar for her contribution to the craft.

“When I got the call that I was getting the honorary Oscar, I was like, ‘You’re punking me,'” she said. “That was the best night of my life and the coolest thing.”

Warren now hopes her new song “Applause,” written for the film “Tell It Like a Woman,” will grab her her 14 Oscar nomination. She tells Fernandez about the inspiration for the song, saying that it’s all about giving yourself the love and praise you deserve, even though that may be difficult at times.

“We all got to look in… including the writer of the song,” she said. “You got to look in the mirror and go, ‘You know what? I’m OK.'”

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