Her real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but you can call her Lady Gaga. She rose to fame not only for her powerful vocals, but because she knows how to generate buzz.
People laud her for her experimentation with unconventionality and provocative stunts, such as the meat dress heard round the world.
But, before she became Gaga, she got her sea legs dominating open mic nights at school and landing lead roles in school plays. Yes, she can act! Can’t wait to see her in A Star Is Born which hits theaters this summer!
Gaga first rose to fame with her 2007 album The Fame, which didn’t catch fire until late 2008 when Just Dance exploded on the radio charts. The album produced other massive hits such as Poker Face and Paparazzi. Then, she blew everyone’s minds with her follow up 2009 album, The Fame Monster which produced other massive hits such as Bad Romance, Telephone, and Alejandro.
But the hit-machine didn’t stop there, come 2 years later in 2011, she dropped Born This Way, and it’s title song became one of the fastest selling digital songs of all time. However, around that time, Gaga was just singing and touring so she never really took any time off. She later admitted years later she was suffering through a deep bout of depression, which leaked into her 2013 album Artpop. So, she took a step back and focused on what she wanted to do, which drove her back to her jazz routes and collab with Cheek to Cheek with the legendary Tony Bennett.
Then, she really stepped away from the music scene and dove head first into her acting career. She turned many heads during her time on American Horror Story, but I bet that filming schedule was far less demanding than that of her music career. But, she had to do what was right for her and take a moment to breathe and regain control of her crazy life.
Which eventually inspired her new album, Joanne. Gaga had a very personal reason why she chose the name – saying it’s named after her aunt, Joanne, who died before Gaga was born. Joanne was 19 when she passed, so the album is about living her life to the fullest to honor those who didn’t get to experience life fully.
Gaga is one of the best-selling artists of our time. She has sold over 146 million records worldwide. She also set twelve Guinness World Records, and has won six Grammy Awards!
She is also a huge advocate for LGBTQA rights and is staunchly anti-bullying. She is also noted for her philanthropy,