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Diane Warren
American songwriter

Diane Warren

Diane Warren
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Intro American songwriter
A.K.A. Diane Eve Warren
Is Musician Composer Songwriter Singer
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender female
Birth 7 September 1956, Van Nuys, USA
Age 67 years
Star sign Virgo
Pop music
Electronic keyboard
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Diane Eve Warren (born September 7, 1956) is an American songwriter. She rose to prominence in 1983, and has since written songs for and co-written songs with multiple singers, as well as for several films.

Warren has written nine number-one songs and 32 top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Additionally, two of the top 13 hits in the Hot 100's 57-year history were composed by her. Warren's career catapulted in the late 1980s shortly after joining forces with the UK music company EMI when Warren became the first songwriter in the history of Billboard magazine to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time prompting the UK's former Chairman of EMI Music Publishing Peter Reichardt to credit her as "the most important songwriter in the world". She has been rated the third most successful female artist in the UK.

Warren has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, and has been nominated for eleven Academy Awards. She has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her UK success saw her win an Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors when she received the Special International Award in 2008. Warren owns a publishing company, Realsongs, which gives her control over her compositions.

Early life

Warren, the youngest of three daughters, was born to David, an insurance salesman, and Flora Warren, in the Los Angeles community of Van Nuys, where she said she felt misunderstood and "alienated" as a Jewish child growing up. Her family's surname "Warren" was originally "Wolfberg", but her father changed the name because he wanted it to sound less Jewish. Warren says she was rebellious as a child and told NPR's Scott Simon that she got into trouble and ran away as a teen but returned because she missed her cat. As a child, Warren loved listening to the radio and dreamed of performing on the radio herself. She was also influenced by music through her parents and her sisters who would play music. She began writing music when she was 11 but took a more serious approach at 14, commenting "music saved me." Warren has said that her mother asked her to give up her dream of a songwriting career and take a secretarial job. However, her father continued to believe in her and encouraged her. In addition, he bought her a 12-string guitar and a metal shed for her to practice and took her to music auditions. She wrote Celine Dion's 1996 song "Because You Loved Me" as a tribute to her father for his encouragement. She attended Los Angeles Pierce College and graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1978, but largely considered her education a waste as she focused most of her time on improving her songwriting skills instead of on her education.

On the February 12, 2016 edition of All Things Considered, Warren said that she had been molested at age 12, and had later experienced sexual harassment and assault by a sound engineer during her working career.


Warren's first hit was "Solitaire", which Laura Branigan took to No. 7 in the U.S. pop charts in 1983.

She's actually more like the Emily Dickinson of Pop. As in the case of the great nineteenth-century reclusive New England poet known for her simple yet eloquent verses, Warren leads a life focused almost entirely on her art.

— Alanna Nash, Good Housekeeping, 1998,

The original name for her publishing company, Realsongs, was "Warren Piece" because "War and Peace" was already taken. In 1998, Realsongs and its international partner, EMI Music Publishing, distributed A Passion For Music, a six-CD box set that showcased her music. EMI Music's London office assisted in distributing 1,200 copies of the box set primarily to the film and television industry for consideration in soundtracks and other commercial endeavors. It was not marketed to consumers. As of 2011, Warren's music has appeared in the soundtracks of over sixty films. She was awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.

The Diane Warren Foundation, in conjunction with the ASCAP Foundation and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation created a joint initiative, beginning in 2000, called Music in the Schools. The initiative provides sheet music, band arrangements, folios, and method books to each of the schools that are already recipients of musical instruments from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

In 2004, Warren released a compilation album of love songs, titled Diane Warren Presents Love Songs, which includes several of her award-winning hits.

Warren continues to write hit songs for and with artists of all mainstream genres, including Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Britney Spears, Marcia Hines, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, TLC, Aaliyah, Agnetha Fältskog, Elton John, Cher, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Selena, Jessica Simpson, Air Supply, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Roy Orbison, Trisha Yearwood, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, NSYNC, Gloria Estefan, Reba McEntire, Enrique Iglesias, Paloma Faith, Russell Watson, Rod Stewart, RBD, Aerosmith, The Cult, Kiss, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Michael W. Smith, Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Exposé, Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer, LeAnn Rimes, Kierra Sheard, Lady Gaga, Claire Richards, Westlife and so on, producing some of the songs as well. Her songs have been covered by artists including Joe Cocker, Weezer, Edwin McCain, Milli Vanilli, Mark Chesnutt, among others.

Warren wrote three songs for Carrie Underwood's debut album, Some Hearts (2005) that were "Lessons Learned", "Whenever You Remember" and the title track.

In 2009, Warren co-wrote the United Kingdom's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest with Andrew Lloyd Webber the song "It's My Time". It was sung by Jade Ewen and achieved 5th place, the best for the U.K. since 2002.

In 2010, Warren partnered with Avon Products as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, Avon's first ever global online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women. For the competition, Warren wrote a special anthem which was recorded by the finalists and produced by Humberto Gatica. Warren has been recognized six times ASCAP Songwriter of the Year and four times Billboard's Songwriter of the Year.

In 2012, Warren wrote the song "Counterfeit" for Tulisa's debut solo album The Female Boss.

Warren wrote Paloma Faith's 2014 song "Only Love Can Hurt Like This".

Warren's success in the U.S. has been paralleled in the U.K., where she has been rated the third most successful female artist. Peter Reichardt, former Chairman of EMI Music Publishing UK, credited her as "the most important songwriter in the world."

Warren is the first songwriter in the history of Billboard magazine to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time. Warren has had nine of her compositions hit #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, all by different artists, and overall more than 30 of her songs have hit the U.S. top ten. Additionally, two of the top 13 hits in the Hot 100's 57-year history were written by her - "How Do I Live" (number four) and "Un-Break My Heart" (number 13). She has had an even bigger success on the U.S. Adult Contemporary charts, where sixteen of her songs have gone to #1, and overall more than 40 songs have hit the top ten on that chart. In the U.K., Warren has had three #1 hits, and more than 20 top ten hits. She has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life

Warren has never married, and does not think of herself as a person of commitment. In interviews, she has stated a belief that her lack of a romantic life makes her more peculiar as a songwriter. She had a relationship with producer/songwriter Guy Roche that ended in 1992 and claims she has not had another relationship since, commenting "I've never been in love like in my songs. I'm not like normal people. I'm no good at relationships. I draw drama to me — it's the Jew in me". Although she considers herself to be cynical regarding romance, Warren does not let this affect her songwriting and prefers to write alone, commenting "When I write with other people, the experience is different. You have to compromise, which I have problems with. I'd rather listen to my own mind".

In a 2000 interview, Warren explained that she never let go of music despite experiencing rejections, depression and poverty. In 1994, Warren's house was damaged by the 1994 Northridge earthquake causing her to be miserable and homeless, drifting from hotels to rental houses. She has stated that therapy helped her with songwriting. She has also revealed that she works 12–16 hours a day, always takes her keyboard whenever she travels and is self-proclaimed and more active than when she was twenty years old.

Warren does not usually allow anyone into her Hollywood Hills office which she describes as a "cluttered, airless room … nothing has been moved or cleaned for 17 years because she is superstitious" and prefers to think of that room as her "secret world". In that room, Warren records melodies with a tape recorder on which she plays them again and chooses the songs she likes the most. But in a 2016 interview with CBS News Sunday Morning correspondent, Ben Tracy, she allowed part of the interview to be taped in the office.


Academy Awards

Year Category Song Title Film Title Nominated work
1988 Best Original Song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Mannequin Nominated
1997 "Because You Loved Me" Up Close and Personal Nominated
1998 "How Do I Live" Con Air Nominated
1999 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Armageddon Nominated
2000 "Music of My Heart" Music of the Heart Nominated
2002 "There You'll Be" Pearl Harbor Nominated
2015 "Grateful" Beyond the Lights Nominated
2016 "Til It Happens to You" The Hunting Ground Nominated
2018 "Stand Up for Something" Marshall Nominated
2019 "I'll Fight" RBG Nominated
2020 "I'm Standing with You" Breakthrough Nominated


  • Pop Songwriter of the Year (1990) -
  • Pop Songwriter of the Year (1991) -
  • Pop Songwriter of the Year (1993) -
  • Pop Songwriter of the Year (1998) - for "Because You Loved Me" (Céline Dion), "For You I Will" (Monica), "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood), and "Un-Break My Heart" (Toni Braxton)
  • Pop Songwriter of the Year (1999) - for "Because You Loved Me" (Céline Dion), "How Do I Live" (LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood), "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith), and "Un-Break My Heart" (Toni Braxton)
  • Country Songwriter of the Year (2000) - for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Mark Chesnutt) and "I'll Still Love You More" (Trisha Yearwood)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1999 "Music of My Heart" Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song Won
2001 "There You'll Be" Nominated
2008 "Do You Feel Me" Nominated
2011 "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Nominated
2016 "Til It Happens to You" Nominated
2017 "Stand Up for Something" Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 "Til It Happens to You" Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Won

Golden Globe Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1986 "Rhythm of the Night" Best Original Song Nominated
1988 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (with Albert Hammond) Nominated
1997 "Because You Loved Me" Nominated
2002 "There You'll Be" Nominated
2011 "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Won

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
1985 Ghostbusters Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special Nominated
1988 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television Nominated
1997 "Because You Loved Me" Won
Song of the Year Nominated
1998 "How Do I Live" Nominated
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television Nominated
1999 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
2000 "Music of My Heart" Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Nominated
2002 "There You'll Be" Nominated
2012 "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated
"Born To Be Somebody" Nominated
2014 "Silver Lining (Crazy 'Bout You)" Nominated
2016 "Til It Happens to You" Nominated
2018 "Stand Up for Something" Nominated

Ivor Novello Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2008 Herself The Special International Award Won

Satellite Awards

  • "Til It Happens to You" (with Lady Gaga) (WIN)
  • "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" (with Cher) (WIN)
  • "Do You Feel Me" (nominated)
  • "There You'll Be" (nominated)
  • "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (WIN)

Other awards and honors

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival's (PSIFF) Frederick Loewe Music Award (2011)
  • Women in Film Crystal Award along with Lauren Shuler Donner and Jennifer Lopez (2006)
  • Hollywood Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting (2001)
  • Billboard Music Award Songwriter of Year (1997, 1998, 1999)
  • The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard's Inaugural Film & TV Music Career Achievement Award (2008)
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2001)
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame (2001)
  • Transatlantyk Golden Ark - Independent Spirit Award (2018)
  • Polar Music Prize (2020)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Diane Warren?
A: Diane Warren is an American songwriter known for writing countless hit songs for various artists. She has worked in the music industry for several decades and has earned multiple awards for her songwriting prowess.
Q: What are some famous songs written by Diane Warren?
A: Diane Warren has written several well-known songs, including "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith, "Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton, "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion, and "I Was Here" by Beyonce, among many others.
Q: Has Diane Warren won any awards for her songwriting?
A: Yes, Diane Warren has received numerous awards and accolades for her work. She has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards and has won a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a MusiCares Person of the Year award.
Q: What genres of music does Diane Warren typically write for?
A: Diane Warren has written songs in a wide range of genres, including pop, rock, R&B, and country. Her versatility as a songwriter allows her to create music that resonates with artists across different musical styles.
Q: Has Diane Warren worked with any famous artists?
A: Yes, Diane Warren has collaborated with numerous renowned artists throughout her career. Some of these artists include Lady Gaga, Cher, Whitney Houston, and Christina Aguilera. Her ability to work with various artists showcases her adaptability and talent as a songwriter.
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