Lady Gaga is a pop artist, songwriter, and actress. She is among the biggest celebrities in the world, and her music often tops the charts. Besides, she is also recognized for her unique style and frequent reimagining of her persona as an artist.
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born to a Catholic family with Italian ancestry on both sides. Both her parents were entrepreneurs who worked hard to get ahead. She took an interest in music and theater from an early age.
Lady Gaga began performing as a teenager, first in school plays or open mic nights. She pursued an arts degree but dropped out to focus her attention on music. She worked as a songwriter for Sony and then signed up with Interscope Records and KonLive Distribution.
She first gained mainstream recognition in 2007 with her debut album The Fame and hit singles like Just Dance and Poker Face that topped the charts. A reissue of the album brought the hugely popular Alejandro, Telephone, and Bad Romance. Her second album was Born This Way, and the title track became the fastest-selling song on iTunes. The third album was Artpop with the single Applause. She also released a jazz album. Gaga has explored various musical styles and combine them to achieve unique and distinctive sounds for each of her pieces, leaning towards pop, jazz, rock, EDM, and more.
In addition, Lady Gaga started pursuing an acting career. She was part of American Horror Story, the hit multi-season anthology series, appearing in AHS: Hotel, which earned her a Golden Globe. In 2018, she had a starring role alongside Bradley Cooper in the Oscar-nominated movie ‘A Star Is Born’. She also worked on the soundtrack for this drama, and the song Shallow did earn the film an Oscar.
Lady Gaga is the first woman to win an Academy Award, a Grammy, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe within a single year.
Gaga is the fourth highest-earning female musician of all time.
She has earned 12 Grammy Awards, 18 MTV Video Music Awards, 16 Guinness World Records, and more. In addition, she has been ranked among the most popular, most influential, and greatest women in music.
Lady Gaga does a lot of philanthropy and has spoken in favor of LGBT rights and mental health awareness. Her support of these causes is often reflected in her music, and she runs foundations and charities as well.
Lady Gaga is often referenced for her eccentric and one-of-a-kind outfits. Some memorable examples include a dress made from raw beef, plastic bubbles, and Kermit the Frog dolls. Her choices have been controversial but also hugely influential in music as well as in fashion.
Lady Gaga has been dubbed the Queen of Pop thanks to her influence. Lady Gaga has centered spectacle, individuality, and performance in her shows, videos, and music; an approach other artists have also sought to imitate or integrate into their work.
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