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The Real Lady Gaga
The fashionista inside the musical star was an enormous draw for her early work.
She wrote music for other singers before getting behind the mike to sing
Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986. Enrolled as a student in New York’s Tisch School of Fine Arts in 2003 signaled only in life this was a performer. Early days were spent performing New York City’s Lower East Side in the rock music scene. Recognition as a future superstar came early. The first contract signing was with Streamline Records. Streamline Records later became a hallmark of the famous Inter-scope Records.
The early years
Starting out in the music business is never easy. The beginnings were not behind the mike. These were made up of song writing for the company and creating great lyrics for fellow artist. Although behind the scenes it wasn’t long before the sun began to shine on this little known talent. No one could have predicted the world wide sensation of the superstar artist known as Lady Gaga. A career focused on sex, music and art along with celebrity stardom is typically the first thoughts when discussing the superstar, but she is so much more.
A move to Los Angeles prompted a release debut album of her own, The Fame. It launched with victory and blossomed. The sweet scent has followed her since no matter what endeavor has been chosen.
Hitting the jackpot out the gate
Her popularity in the music business is demonstrated by personal iTunes selling achievement as the fastest selling single in ITunes history by selling one million copies in five days on the popular music site.
The Grammy Awards are the single most influential medium used to make a superstar recognize personal standing in the music genre. She has received more than the average share of Grammy Awards and nominated for a total of twelve. This feat makes her one of the most ever nominated compare to any musical artist. Setting Guinness World Records by selling an estimated 13 million albums and 51 million singles has moved her to worldwide platforms of music stardom.
What makes a stand out
Lady Gaga is influenced for her dance, style and grace on the stage by rock stars such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury with a dash of Madonna and Michael Jackson. Deemed a fashionista with an ever changing style and popular well liked videos. One crowing achievement is owning the Video of the Year Award in 2010 from the MTV Video Music Awards.
Lady Gaga has the vocal range of a contralto that has been compared to Madonna and Gwen Stefani. Being in the company of these two enormous stars says a lot. The structure of the music produced is said to mimic classic 80s and 90s pop stars.one
Over the last several years she has moved to other genres as well. Outside of pop. A duet album with the famous Tony Bennett and Broadway make for a remarkable resume for anyone in the music biz.
Fashion and Lady Gaga
Fashion is what drives more than a fair share of fans. There is a recognition of support from the lady for the admiration from fans in her choice of dress and hairstyles. Lady Gaga identifies what she wears as a major influence in her personality.
With clothes supplied from Donatella Versace. She named Donatella as her muse. Her own creative productions in the field are devised from the Haus of Gaga which is handled personally. The Haus of Gaga team creates clothes, stage props and hairstyles not only for performances, but benefits and other events. She points to her mother as the influence over lots of choices of clothing styles and image.
Getting into the movie business and changing genres for albums has altered quite a few of the items she wears. Going from a meat dress to a stunning evening gown when she takes the stage shows how much she has grown in her career.
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Performing for presidents
She has performed for former president Clinton and met President Barack Obama at a Human Rights Campaign fundraiser in September 2011. President Obama described the singer as intimidating because the superstar was dressed in 16 inch heels. This undoubtedly made her the tallest woman or person in the room. This is no small feat with the height measurements of the President and his wife Michelle being above average.
Gaga has conversed with famous television personalities such as Larry King and Barbara Walters. She does not shy from paparazzi or appearing in public places. Talking on television shows or with magazines is not avoided. The majority of the media are not surprised a lashing tongue accompanies the singer when speaking with the press. This is the same aggressive banter is used when talking about personal causes she has invested time and money in.
A great example is found in the interview with Barbara Walters in 2009. Barbara asked a very personal question about sexuality. She stated for the record she portrays herself in an androgynous way and loves it. As prominence has climbed so has the number of requests for more interviews.
She never fails to shock. Even the infamous magazine Rolling Stone got a whiff of it. One famous statement was attributed to her connected with her feelings where boyfriends were concerned. She has linked her feelings with bisexuality. Admittedly more than a few fans have an issue with a choice of attraction to both women and men. There is an emotion of intimidation of the overwhelming personality, fame and outspoken crusader which culminate in fear more than a few suitors admitted.
Named Queen of Pop in 2011 by Rolling Stone was a surprise. The moniker was based on the millions of record sales made in one calendar year. By 2016 she had sold over 27 million albums and grossed a cool 300 million in concert sales.
No photos of her face
One of the most unique features of the lady's career at the very beginning was a lack of photos showing her actual face. These are viewings minus makeup, overzealous hats hiding it or even various masks. In fact, the hats, costumes and even designer clothes were created in this particular manner for the effect of not seeing it.
An interview with Harper's Bizarre published in May 2011 touched on this subject. It had only been a couple of appearances before the review were her face was shown while performing. There were rumors among followers she had plastic surgery. Rumors swirled around her face appearing to have horns and ridges in facial features.
She discussed the recent altered look of horn like ridges on her cheekbones, temples and shoulders. Brushing away rumors she said in no uncertain terms there has been no alterations from the face she was born with. Also admitting wearing no prosthesis as many fans thought. These were actual bones. No plastic surgery was performed. There are benefits to not being readily identifiable.
Fans adored the possibility of walking past her on the street without recognition. This changed when her career moved from pop/rock to other genres. Her expansion into television with American Horror Story .made it impossible for have anonymity.
Inspiration received and given
A sociologists at the University of North Carolina was inspired to teach a course for students entitled Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame, The professor had an objective of unraveling infamy on a global level and relevant dimensions of this particular type of fame.
Being recognized by Times 100 list of most influential people has been a glorious addition to this stars resume. She has used this as a vehicle to expand upon personal social awareness passions for philanthropy.
Personal causes close to the heart
Lady Gaga has jumped into the debate for immigration law in Arizona with her bi-lingual song Born This Way. She premiered her song in Guadalajara, Mexico which was the first stop of her Monster Tour. In an interview with the local press, Gaga said she couldn’t stand by many of the unjust immigration laws here in America.
Several she has been most vocal about are connected to the LBGT community. When investing in one she not only gets the recognition going, but keeps the focus on it until action evolves.
The LBGT community intervention has spread from the United States to worldwide. Attending the MTV Music Awards with several prominent members was one way of getting a spotlight focused on her passion.
Awards and Accolades
Under her belt she has;
13 MTV Video Music Awards
This is an exceptional repertoire. In addition, she holds 12 Guinness World Records to her name.
12 Guiness Records
How does it feel to don a hamburger and steak instead of shirt and pants
The infamous meat dress
Her meat dress is one of the most infamous outfits the diva has worn which sparked outrage from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Gaga later stated she didn’t intend any disrespect to the group or animals and the outfit was meant to evoke a statement of human rights to focus on those in the LGBT community. The meat dress was fashioned from the flesh of a dead animal.
She is always vocal and animated when it comes to what she supports. The LGBT has seen a lot of positive influence to certain causes with this star.
Lady Gaga contributes most of her early success to her gay fans and is considered by many to be a gay icon. She has revealed she is bisexual on several occasions. One of her first television appearances was in May 2008 at the Now Next Awards an awards show aired by the LGBT television network Logo.
When she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2009 she gave Ellen praise for being an inspiration to all women in the gay community. She has stated that her march in the National Equality March on the National Mall in October of 2009 was the single most important event of her career.
This woman attended the 2010 MTV Music Awards accompanied by four service members of the Armed Forces that had been prohibited from serving openly under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy. She released three YouTube videos asking her fans and people to content their senators to have the policy overturned.
She has a male alter ego that she sometimes displays on stage named Jo Calderone and has performed in leather corsets and “meat suits” as well as blood soaked costumes.
She has performed at numerous gay pride events, including the San Francisco Pride event in June of 2008. Editors of the Advocate have commented she is the real fierce advocate for gays and lesbians everywhere.
Besides being an enormous superstar with her singing career, Gaga is a huge philanthropist that devotes both time and money to various charities and humanitarian works. She donated the proceeds for her January 24, 2010 at Radio City Music Hall to the Haiti Earthquake fund for reconstruction of the country. Lady Gaga makes enormous contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS with a focus upon education and prevention.
Lady Gaga often refers to fans as her “little monsters” and had this tattooed on her arm that she uses to hold her microphone. This is one of six tattoos that Lady Gaga has on her body.
Lady Gaga has received criticism for her public image with includes her fashion sense and outspoken views on some of her personal thoughts and feelings on a wide variety of subject matter. Although some of her statements have gotten her in hot water, she has continued to face whatever criticism and questions come her way with the grace of a superstar and humility when warranted.
As one of the bestselling music artist worldwide her dancing has been her attraction for many of her fans along with her costumes that take your breath away. Now that she has toned down the outrageousness of her dress and attire her voice and her dancing remain as the attraction for the music pop star admired worldwide.
Gaga performing her song Perfect Illusion. The performer has moved from mystery and no recognition to highly recognizable.
More than a few fans admit her superiority in the music world is a direct correlation of her distinctive personality
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Followers are asking if Aguilera is a friend or foe of the singer
Recently comparisons have been made between Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera along the lines of hair and makeup. Christina has acclaimed celebrity status, but has a media face of being forever humble. She admits not seeing similarities between herself and Lady Gaga. Before the mysterious singer exposed her face at interviews or performances Christina didn’t even know Lady Gaga's gender.
Gaga was insulted by the admission by Aguilera. A reluctance to admit anything to the celebrity news around the statement increased Gaga's profile in a way. She admits welcoming the publicity. Even after news surrounding this incident died down, comparisons of the two still continues. Christina released an album in 2010 titled “Not Myself Tonight”. More than a few music critics compared one of Aguilera’s main song on the album to Gaga’s music video titled “Bad Romance”.