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American singer, songwriter, and actress Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986) is better known by her stage name, Lady Gaga. In the entertainment industry, she is renowned for her ability to reinvent her image and her adaptability. When Gaga was a teenager, she started doing performances, acting in school plays and singing at open mic nights. She attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ Collaborative Arts Project 21 before leaving to focus on her musical career. She worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing after Def Jam Recordings terminated her contract. In 2007, she inked a joint agreement with Interscope Records and KonLive Distribution. The following year, Gaga made her breakthrough with her first studio album, The Fame, and its number-one hits, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” The extended play The Fame Monster (2009), which produced the hit singles “Bad Romance,” “Telephone,” and “Alejandro,” was added to the album when it was later reissued.
All five of Gaga’s subsequent albums debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200. Born This Way (2011), her second full-length album, explored techno-pop and electronic rock and sold over a million copies in its first week of release. With more than a million downloads in less than a week, the title track rose to the top of the iTunes Store’s fastest-selling list. After releasing the lead single “Applause” from her EDM-infused third album Artpop (2013), Gaga went on to release the jazz album Cheek to Cheek (2014) with Tony Bennett and the soft rock album Joanne (2016). She took the leap into acting and won accolades for her leading performances in the musical A Star Is Born (2018) and the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016). Her contributions to the soundtrack of the latter, from which the hit song “Shallow” rose to the top of the charts, made her the first female winner of an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Grammy Award all in one year. The number-one single “Rain on Me” from Gaga’s sixth studio album Chromatica (2020) marked her comeback to dance-pop. In 2021, she starred in the biopic House of Gucci and released Love for Sale, her second collaborative album with Bennett.
Gaga is among the best-selling musicians in the world, having sold an estimated 170 million records. She is also the only female artist to have four singles that have each sold at least 10 million copies worldwide. Her achievements include being named Woman of the Year (2015) and Artist of the Year (2010) by Billboard, as well as receiving awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and thirteen Grammy Awards. She has also won two Golden Globes and eighteen MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, she has appeared in multiple Forbes power rankings and placed fourth on VH1’s list of the Greatest Women in Music (2012). She was listed on Time magazine’s All-Time 100 Fashion Icons list and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in both 2010 and 2019. Her activism and philanthropy center on LGBT rights and mental health awareness; she runs her own non-profit, the Born This Way Foundation, which promotes youth wellbeing. Among Gaga’s business endeavors is Haus Labs, a vegan makeup line that debuted in 2019.
Born into a musical family, Gaga was influenced by the music of her childhood idols, including Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Prince, En Vogue, TLC, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, and Blondie. Gaga draws inspiration for her music from a variety of sources, including glam rock performers like Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, pop artist Andy Warhol’s theatricality, and her own background in musical theater. Madonna, who claimed to see herself mirrored in Gaga, has been likened to her. Gaga claims she wants to transform pop music in the same way that Madonna has. Gaga has also mentioned Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and Marilyn Manson as examples of heavy metal bands that have influenced her. She cites Beyoncé as her main source of motivation for wanting to be a musician.
Her mother encouraged Gaga to pursue an interest in fashion, which she now claims has a significant influence on and integrates with her music. Gaga has received comparisons to Leigh Bowery, Isabella Blow, and Cher in terms of style; she once remarked that she took Cher’s sense of style as a child and adapted it to her own. Just before he committed suicide in 2010, Gaga grew close to British fashion designer Alexander McQueen and gained notoriety for donning his creations, especially the tall armadillo shoes. Donatella Versace, the fashion designer, is her inspiration; Versace referred to Lady Gaga as “the fresh Donatella”. Princess Diana, whom Gaga has looked up to since she was a young child, has also had an impact on her.
Gaga has referred to Indian proponent of alternative medicine Deepak Chopra as a “true inspiration” and referenced the book Creativity by Indian leader Osho on Twitter. Gaga claims that Osho’s advocacy of equality and creativity as means of valuing rebellion had an impact on her.
As Gaga has experimented with new concepts and imagery throughout her career, critics have dissected and examined her musical choices as well as her stage presence. She claims that her constant self-reinvention, which she has been drawn to since childhood, is “liberating” her. Gaga blends many different musical styles; in particular, she adds rock elements to her pop and dance tracks. In addition, she has ventured into non-pop musical genres like jazz. Gaga is a contralto, meaning that her range is B♭2 to B5. Born This Way is, in her words, “much more vocally up to par with what I’ve always been capable of.” She has frequently switched up her vocal style. “There’s an immense emotional intelligence behind the way she uses her voice,” Entertainment Weekly said in a summary of her voice. She almost never overpowers a song with her voice, understanding that subtlety, not strength of voice, is what makes a song artistic.”
With The Fame, Gaga “managed to get you moving and grooving at an almost effortless pace,” according to PopMatters’ Evan Sawdey. “Any good music can be played on a piano and still sound like a hit,” according to Gaga. In 2010, Simon Reynolds wrote, “Everything about Gaga came from electroclash, except the music, which wasn’t particularly 1980s, just ruthlessly catchy naughties pop glazed with Auto-Tune and undergirded with R&B-ish beats.”
Gaga has explored a wide range of topics in her songs; The Fame, which explores the desire for fame, and The Fame Monster, which uses monster metaphors to express the darker side of fame, are two examples. The Fame is an electropop and dance-pop album with influences from 1990s Europop and 1980s pop; Gaga’s pastiche style is evident in The Fame Monster, which draws from “Sugary throwbacks like Stacey Q, perky ABBA disco, and Seventies arena glam.” The lyrics to Born This Way, which are written in English, French, German, and Spanish, cover a variety of topics typical to Gaga’s contentious songwriting, including identity, liberation, sexuality, freedom, sex, love, religion, money, and drugs. Techno and electronic rock are two new genres that are explored on the album.
The themes of Artpop center on Gaga’s individual perspectives on feminism, sex, fame, love, and self-empowerment as well as her battles with addiction and the media. What Billboard refers to as “coherently channeling R&B, techno, disco and rock music” is artpop. Gaga ventured into the jazz genre with Cheek to Cheek. Joanne’s personal life had an impact on her as she experimented with various genres such as country, funk, pop, dance, rock, electronic music, and folk. There are elements of bubblegum pop, country, and blues rock in the A Star Is Born soundtrack. Billboard describes the music as “timeless, emotional, gritty and earnest,” and notes that the lyrics are about wanting change, struggling, love, romance, and bonding. They have the sound of songs written by extremely troubled musicians who nevertheless deeply connect with the listener.” Returning to her dance-pop beginnings, Gaga talked about her issues with mental health on Chromatica. Love for Sale, her second album with Tony Bennett, is a tribute to Cole Porter.