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Rita Ora: 'I am incredibly grateful to Diane Warren'

Rita Ora has expressed her gratitude to Diane Warren for her work on their Oscar-nominated track Grateful after the veteran singer/songwriter accused the pop star of failing to properly promote it.

The I Don't Want To Miss A Thing hitmaker penned Grateful for 2014 movie Beyond the Lights while Ora provided the vocals, and they landed a Best Song nomination ahead of the Academy Awards later this month (Feb15).


However, Warren hit headlines this week (beg02Feb15) when she publicly accused Ora of failing to promote the track, and even admitted the R.I.P. hitmaker was not her first choice for the collaboration.


Ora has responded to the criticism, insisting she feels honoured to be part of the project and is looking forward to performing the song the Oscars ceremony later this month (Feb15).


She tells BBC Newsbeat, "I'm so thankful to have been able to participate in a piece of Diane Warren's lyrical genius. I am incredibly grateful that I will have the opportunity to perform at the Oscars thanks to her work and I'm so glad that I'll be able to share it with a wider audience on 22 February."