In a custom made Givenchy Hautue Couture by Riccardo Tisci sheer gown with multicolored crystals to the Met Gala in May 2015.
Beyonce owns more than a fair share of cars (and even a private jet) but this 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Convertible is probably one of her most valuable possession since there are only a few of them around the world. B received her dream car as a 25th birthday gift from her hubby Jay-Z.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter born to Celestine “Tina” Knowles (née Beyincé), a hairdresser and salon owner, and Mathew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager.
Residence: Bel Air, California
Years active: 1997–present
Age: 36 years and 6 months
Height: 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Net worth: $350 million (May 2017)
Parent(s): Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles
Relatives: Solange Knowles (sister), Bianca Lawson (step-sister)
Musical genres: R&B, pop, hip hop, soul
Instruments: Vocals piano
Labels: Music World Parkwood Columbia
Associated acts: Destiny’s Child Jay-Z
Nick Name: Sasha Fierce, Be, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Queen B, Bee, Mothe, JuJu, Queen Bey
Beyoncé’s name is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name.
Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange is also a singer and a former back up dancer for Destiny’s Child. Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have both had No. 1 albums.
Mathew is African American, while Tina is of Louisiana Creole descent (African, Native American, and French).
Through her mother, Beyoncé is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard.
Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups in history.
Their hiatus saw Beyoncé’s theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and the release of her debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003).
The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards, and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”.
Following the break-up of Destiny’s Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B’Day (2006), which contained the top-ten singles “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Beautiful Liar”.
Beyoncé also continued her acting career, with starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), and Obsessed (2009).
Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am Sasha Fierce (2008), which saw the introduction of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”.
Beyoncé took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album 4 (2011) was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul.
Her critically acclaimed fifth album, Beyoncé (2013), was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.
With the release of the widely acclaimed Lemonade, Beyoncé had the best-selling album of 2016 and became the first artist to have their first six studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Throughout her career, Beyoncé has sold an estimated 100 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million records with the group Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists in history.
She has won 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award’s history.
She is also the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins.
The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Beyoncé as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s (decade).
In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s (decade) and awarded her their Millennium Award in 2011.
In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row.
Forbes listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment of 2015 and 2017, and in 2016 she occupied the sixth place for Person of the Year.
Beyoncé attended St. Mary’s Montessori School in Houston, where she enrolled in dance classes.
Her singing talent was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes.
Beyoncé’s interest in music and performing continued after winning a school talent show at age seven, singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” to beat 15/16-year-olds.
In fall of 1990, Beyoncé enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform with the school’s choir.
She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School.
Beyoncé was also a member of the choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church as a soloist for two years.
When Beyoncé was eight, she and childhood friend Kelly Rowland met LaTavia Roberson while in an audition for an all-girl entertainment group.
They were placed into a group called Girl’s Tyme with three other girls, and rapped and danced on the talent show circuit in Houston.
After seeing the group, R&B producer Arne Frager brought them to his Northern California studio and placed them in Star Search, the largest talent show on national TV at the time.
Girl’s Tyme failed to win, and Beyoncé later said the song they performed was not good.
In 1995 Beyoncé’s father resigned from his job to manage the group.
The move reduced Beyoncé’s family’s income by half, and her parents were forced to move into separated apartments.
Mathew cut the original line-up to four and the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups.
The girls auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records, moving to Atlanta Records briefly to work on their first recording, only to be cut by the company.
This put further strain on the family, and Beyoncé’s parents separated.
On October 5, 1995, Dwayne Wiggins’s Grass Roots Entertainment signed the group.
In 1996, the girls began recording their debut album under an agreement with Sony Music, the Knowles family reunited, and shortly after, the group got a contract with Columbia Records.
On February 6, 2016, Beyoncé released “Formation” and its accompanying music video exclusively on the music streaming platform Tidal; the song was made available to download for free.
She performed “Formation” live for the first time during the NFL Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
The appearance was considered controversial as it appeared to reference the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and the NFL forbids political statements in its performances.
Immediately following the performance, Beyoncé announced The Formation World Tour, which highlighted stops in both North America, and Europe.
It ended on October 7, with Beyoncé bringing out her husband Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Serena Williams for the last show.
The tour went on to win “Tour of the Year” at the 44th American Music Awards.
On April 16, 2016, Beyoncé released a teaser clip for a project called Lemonade. It turned out to be a one-hour film which aired on HBO exactly a week later; a corresponding album with the same title was released on the same day exclusively on Tidal.
Lemonade debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Beyoncé the first act in Billboard history to have their first six studio albums debut atop the chart; she broke a record previously tied with DMX in 2013.
With all 12 tracks of Lemonade debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Beyoncé also became the first female act to chart 12 or more songs at the same time.
Additionally, Lemonade was streamed 115 million times through Tidal, setting a record for the most-streamed album in a single week by a female artist in history.
It was 2016’s third highest-selling album in the US with 1.554 million copies sold in that time period within the country as well as the best-selling album worldwide with global sales of 2.5 million throughout the year.
Lemonade became her most critically acclaimed work to date, receiving universal acclaim according to Metacritic, a website collecting reviews from professional music critics.
Several music publications included the album among the best of 2016, including Rolling Stone, which listed Lemonade at number one.
The album’s visuals were nominated in 11 categories at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, the most ever received by Beyoncé in a single year, and went on to win 8 awards, including Video of the Year for “Formation”.
The eight wins made Beyoncé the most awarded artist in the history of the VMAs, surpassing Madonna.
Beyoncé occupied the sixth place for Time magazine’s 2016 Person of the Year.
In January 2017, it was announced that Beyoncé would headline the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
This would make Beyoncé only the second female headliner of the festival since it was founded in 1999.
It was later announced on February 23, 2017 that Beyoncé would no longer be able to perform at the festival due to doctor’s concerns regarding her pregnancy.
The festival owners announced that she will instead headline the 2018 festival.
Upon the announcement of Beyoncé’s departure from the festival lineup, ticket prices dropped by 12%.
At the 59th Grammy Awards in February 2017, Lemonade led the nominations with nine, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year for Lemonade and “Formation” respectively and ultimately won two, Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade and Best Music Video for “Formation”.
Adele, upon winning her Grammy for Album of the Year, stated Lemonade was monumental and more deserving.
On June 13, 2017, Beyoncé gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir Carter at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
In September 2017, Beyoncé collaborated with J Balvin and Willy William, and remixed the song “Mi Gente”.
Beyoncé donated all proceeds from the song to hurricane charities for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean Islands.
On November 1, 2017, it was confirmed that Beyoncé would voice Nala in Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, which is expected to be released in July 19, 2019.
On November 10, 2017, Eminem released the lead single to his upcoming album, Walk on Water featuring Beyoncé.
Beyoncé names Michael Jackson as her major musical influence.
Aged five, Beyoncé attended her first ever concert where Jackson performed and she claims to have realized her purpose.
When she presented him with a tribute award at the World Music Awards in 2006, Beyoncé said, “if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson, I would never ever have performed.”
She admires Diana Ross as an “all-around entertainer” and Whitney Houston, who she said “inspired me to get up there and do what she did.”
She credits Mariah Carey’s singing and her song “Vision of Love” as influencing her to begin practicing vocal runs as a child.
Her other musical influences include Aaliyah, Prince, Lauryn Hill, Sade Adu, Donna Summer, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Anita Baker and Rachelle Ferrell.
The feminism and female empowerment themes on Beyoncé’s second solo album B’Day were inspired by her role in Dreamgirls and by singer Josephine Baker.
Beyoncé paid homage to Baker by performing “Déjà Vu” at the 2006 Fashion Rocks concert wearing Baker’s trademark mini-hula skirt embellished with fake bananas.
Beyoncé’s third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce was inspired by Jay-Z and especially by Etta James, whose “boldness” inspired Beyoncé to explore other musical genres and styles.
Her fourth solo album, 4, was inspired by Fela Kuti, 1990s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie, The Jackson 5, New Edition, Adele, Florence and the Machine, and Prince.
Beyoncé has stated that she is personally inspired by US First Lady Michelle Obama, saying “She proves you can do it all” and she has described Oprah Winfrey as “the definition of inspiration and a strong woman”.
She has also discussed how Jay-Z is a continuing inspiration to her, both with what she describes as his lyrical genius and in the obstacles he has overcome in his life.
Beyoncé has expressed admiration for the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, posting in a letter “what I find in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, I search for in every day in music… he is lyrical and raw”.
In February 2013, Beyoncé said that Madonna inspired her to take control of her own career. She commented: “I think about Madonna and how she took all of the great things she achieved and started the label and developed other artists. But there are not enough of those women.”
Described as being “sexy, seductive and provocative” when performing on stage, Beyoncé has said that she originally created the alter ego “Sasha Fierce” to keep that stage persona separate from who she really is.
She described Sasha as being “too aggressive, too strong, too sassy and too sexy”, stating, “I’m not like her in real life at all.”
Sasha was conceived during the making of “Crazy in Love”, and Beyoncé introduced her with the release of her 2008 album I Am Sasha Fierce.
In February 2010, she announced in an interview with Allure magazine that she was comfortable enough with herself to no longer need Sasha Fierce.
However, Beyoncé announced in May 2012 that she would bring her back for her Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live shows later that month.
Beyoncé has been described as having a wide-ranging sex appeal, with music journalist Touré writing that since the release of Dangerously in Love, she has “become a crossover sex symbol”.
Offstage Beyoncé says that while she likes to dress sexily, her onstage dress “is absolutely for the stage.”
Due to her curves and the term’s catchiness, in the 2000s decade, the media often used the term “Bootylicious” a portmanteau of the words booty and delicious to describe Beyoncé, the term popularized by Destiny’s Child’s single of the same name. In 2006, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Beyoncé’s lighter skin color and costuming has drawn criticism from some in the African-American community.
Emmett Price, a professor of music at Northeastern University, wrote in 2007, that he thinks race plays a role in many of these criticisms, saying white celebrities who dress similarly do not attract as many comments.
In 2008, L’Oréal was accused of whitening her skin in their Feria hair color advertisements, responding that “it is categorically untrue”, and in 2013, Beyoncé herself criticized H&M for their proposed “retouching” of promotional images of her, and according to Vogue requested that only “natural pictures be used”.
While undertones of feminism can be found throughout most of her career, Beyonce was initially hesitant to publicly align herself with the movement.
In a 2013 interview with Vogue she responded, “That word can be very extreme…” when asked whether she considers herself a feminist.
This hesitation is in stark contrast to her release of “Flawless” later that year, sampling from the TED talk by feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie “We should all be feminists.”
Forbes magazine began reporting on Beyoncé’s earnings in 2008, calculating that the $80 million earned between June 2007 to June 2008, for her music, tour, films and clothing line made her the world’s best-paid music personality at the time, above Madonna and Celine Dion.
They placed her fourth on the Celebrity 100 list in 2009 and ninth on the “Most Powerful Women in the World” list in 2010.
The following year, Forbes placed her eighth on the “Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30” list, having earned $35 million in the past year for her clothing line and endorsement deals.
In 2012, Forbes placed Beyoncé at number 16 on the Celebrity 100 list, twelve places lower than three years ago yet still having earned $40 million in the past year for her album 4, clothing line and endorsement deals.
In the same year, Beyoncé and Jay-Z placed at number one on the “World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples”, for collectively earning $78 million.
The couple made it into the previous year’s Guinness World Records as the “highest-earning power couple” for collectively earning $122 million in 2009.
For the years 2009 to 2011, Beyoncé earned an average of $70 million per year, and earned $40 million in 2012.
In 2013, Beyoncé’s endorsements of Pepsi and H&M made her and Jay-Z the world’s first billion dollar couple in the music industry.
That year, Beyoncé was published as the fourth most-powerful celebrity in the Forbes rankings.
MTV estimated that by the end of 2014, Beyoncé would become the highest-paid black musician in history; this became the case in April 2014.
In June 2014, Beyoncé ranked at number one on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, earning an estimated $115 million throughout June 2013 – June 2014.
This in turn was the first time she had topped the Celebrity 100 list as well as being her highest yearly earnings to date.
In 2016, Beyoncé ranked at number 34 on the Celebrity 100 list with earnings of $54 million. Herself and Jay-Z also topped the highest paid celebrity couple list, with combined earnings of $107.5 million.
As of May 2017, Forbes calculated her net worth to be $350 million, and in June of the same year, ranked her as the second-highest earning celebrity with annual earnings of $105 million.
This tied Beyoncé with Madonna as the only two female artists to earn more than $100 million within a single year twice.
As a couple with Jay-Z, they have a combined net worth of $1.16 billion.
In July 2017, Billboard announced that Beyoncé was the highest paid musician of 2016, with an estimated total of $62.1 million.
I’m a human being and I fall in love and sometimes I don’t have control of every situation.
When you really don’t like a guy, they’re all over you, and as soon as you act like you like them, they’re no longer interested.
Y’all are so cute and y’all talk so proper over here. I love England.
Did you know: Beyoncé (@beyonce) is the fifth-most followed user on Instagram by number of followers (107 million).
Best Known For
Her songs, and albums Dangerously in Love (2003), B’Day (2006), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), 4 (2011).
Released in 2003, Dangerously in Love, is the debut studio album by Beyonce. It was released by Columbia Records. The album is pretty large with 60:52 minutes in length with a total of 15 singles.
2001 musical film Carmen: A Hip Hopera for her role as a seductive actress, Carmen Brown. She debuted with this movie in acting and that too with a lead role.
First TV Show
In 1997, she appeared on the TV show MuchOnDemand as herself (guest). The TV series broadcasted on television from 1997 until 2010.
Beyonce Favorite Things
Food – Creole Food, Popeyes, Honey Nut Cheerios
Fashion Idol – Célestine ‘Tina’ Beyincé (mother), Diana Ross, Tina Turner
Color – Pink
Place – 40/40 Club
Rapper – Wyclef Jean
She was baptized with her mother’s maiden name as her first name.
Tina, her mother, is actually a descendant of Acadian leader, Joseph Broussard.
Beyonce has a cat, named “Master P”.
Her singing talent was discovered when her dance instructor (in school) started humming a song and Beyonce completed that song.
In 2009, she was named “Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade” by Billboard.
She was ranked no. 3 in the “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012 by VH1.
She has also done some revenue shows / concerts like I Am… Yours (2009), 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé (2011), Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live (2012).
In 2015, Beyonce was titled the most powerful female in entertainment by Forbes.
In April 2014, Beyonce became the highest-paid black musician in the history.
In 2013, the couple (Beyonce and Jay-Z) became the first ever billion dollar couple in the music industry in the world.
Michael Jackson positively influenced her music career.
Michael Jackson concert was the first music concert she went to. Beyonce was 5 at that time.
Lady Gaga is known for experimenting with new musical ideas and images, and for her unconventionality and provocative work.
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Lady Gaga, in a crop blazer showcasing major underboob, high-waist leather shorts, fishnet stocking and thigh high vinyl platform boots to the 59th Grammy Awards in February 2017.
Gaga showed off her rear as she posed in a teeny bikini. Mmeanwhile, her hair was styled into a chic up-do, which left all the attention on her body.
Lady Gaga puts FULL peach on display in dental floss-thin thong. The Joanne singer showed off her perky booty in a sizzling new reveal. Lady's Gaga's thong was just about visible as the star posed in her teeny white bikini.
The jaw-dropping photo certainly went down a treat with fans – racking up more than a million likes. Gaga posed in the same minuscule swimwear earlier ion the week, when she gave fans a saucy side-view of her rear. This also gave followers a chance to check out her array of tattoos – including one of the late David Bowie.
Lady Gaga sunbathes in the most revealing outfit
You would expect Lady Gaga to go crazy with some over the top expensive car in a neon color but Gaga chose a sensible yet elegant luxury Audi R8 in silver and been seen driving around L.A. with her friends. It seems that when it comes to her money Gaga makes smart choices and listen to her financial advisor.
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Years active: 2001–present
Net worth: $275 million – (February 2016 estimate)
Age: 31 years and 11 months
Height: 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
Measurements: 36-26-37 in or 91.5-66-94 cm
Bra Size: 34B
Genres: Pop, dance, electronic, rock
Instruments: Vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar
Labels Def Jam, Cherrytree, KonLive, Streamline, Interscope Records
Nick Name: GaGa, Mother Monster, Germ, Loopy, Sucra
Sun Sign: Aries
Occupation: Singer-Songwriter, Actress, Activist, Dancer, Record Producer, Composer
Hair Color: Lady Gaga has naturally BROWN hair. But, she dyes them blonde. Her hair has started falling due to applying so much dye on the hair.
Eye Color: Hazel
Lady Gaga attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York and briefly attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to focus on her musical career.
Father – Joseph Germanotta (Internet Entrepreneur)
Mother – Cynthia Germanotta (Telecommunication assistant)
Siblings – Natali Germanotta (Younger Sister)
She is signed with these agencies –
William Morris Endeavor
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Richard De La Font
Platinum blonde hair
Her hair bow and futuristic outfits
She carries a glow-in-the-dark disco stick during performances
Rhythmic hooks and choruses
Refers to all her fans as “Monsters”
Often portrays herself as a rebel in her videos
In her videos, she often ends up killing someone – usually her boyfriend
Various colored wigs
Wild, charismatic dancing
Elaborate sunglasses and high heels
Lady Gaga began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays. She studied at CAP21 through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to become a professional musician.
After an unsuccessful contract with Def Jam Recordings, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007.
Gaga achieved success the following year with her debut album, a dance-pop and electropop record titled The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”, also proved successful.
Gaga’s second full-length album Born This Way (2011) explored electronic rock and techno.
The album topped the US charts, where it sold more than one million copies in its first week.
Its title track also became the fastest selling song on iTunes with over a million downloads in less than a week.
Gaga ventured into R&B and disco with her third album Artpop (2013), which topped the US charts and included the single “Applause”.
In 2014, Gaga released a jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, her third consecutive number one album in the US. For her acting work in the television series American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), Gaga won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2016. Her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016), incorporated genres such as country and pop, and she became the first woman to have four US number one albums in the 2010s.
Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Her achievements include several Guinness World Records, three Brit Awards, six Grammy Awards, and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Gaga has been declared Billboard’s Artist of the Year and included among Forbes’s power and earnings rankings. She was ranked at number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012, finished second on Time’s 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2015.
She is known for her philanthropic work and social activism, including LGBT rights, and for her non-profit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.
She has appeared in a TV commercial for Google Chrome in 2011.
Gaga has also appeared in print ads for MAC cosmetics, and Versace purses.
1986–2005: Early life
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, in Manhattan, New York at the Lenox Hill Hospital to a Catholic family with Italian and French Canadian roots.
Her parents are Cynthia Louise (née Bissett) and internet entrepreneur Joseph Germanotta, and she has a younger sister, Natali. Brought up in the affluent Upper West Side of Manhattan, she says that her parents came from lower-class families and worked hard for everything.
From age 11, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private, all-girls Roman Catholic school.
Gaga described her academic life in high school as “very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined” but also “a bit insecure”. She considered herself a misfit among her peers and was mocked for “being either too provocative or too eccentric”.
I don’t know exactly where my affinity for music comes from, but it is the thing that comes easiest to me. When I was like three years old, I may have been even younger, my mom always tells this really embarrassing story of me propping myself up and playing the keys like this because I was too young short to get all the way up there. Just go like this on the low end of the piano
I was really, really good at piano, so my first instincts were to work so hard at practicing piano, and I might not have been a natural dancer, but I am a natural musician. That is the thing that I believe I am the greatest at.
Gaga, Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside, May 2011
Gaga began to play the piano at the age of four, wrote her first piano ballad at 13, and began playing at open mic nights a year later.
At her high school, she played the lead roles of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She also studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for ten years.
Gaga unsuccessfully auditioned for New York shows, though she did appear in a small role as a mischievous classmate in a 2001 episode of The Sopranos titled “The Telltale Moozadell”.
In 2003, at age 17, Gaga gained early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21)—a music school at New York University (NYU)’s Tisch School of the Arts—and lived in a NYU dorm. At NYU, she studied music and improved her songwriting skills by writing essays on art, religion, social issues, and politics, including a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst.
During her second semester of her sophomore year in 2005, she withdrew to focus on her music career.
The same year, she played an unsuspecting diner customer for MTV’s Boiling Points, a prank reality television show.
In 2014, Gaga said she had been raped at the age of 19, for which she underwent mental and physical therapy.
She suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder that she attributes to the incident, though she says that support from doctors, family, and friends have helped her.
2005–2007: Career beginnings
In 2005, Gaga recorded two songs with hip-hop singer Grandmaster Melle Mel for an audio book accompanying Cricket Casey’s children’s novel The Portal in the Park.
She also formed a band called the SGBand with some friends from NYU.
The band played at gigs around New York, becoming a fixture of the downtown Lower East Side club scene.
After the 2006 Songwriters Hall of Fame New Songwriters Showcase at The Cutting Room in June, Gaga was recommended to music producer Rob Fusari by talent scout Wendy Starland.
Fusari collaborated with Gaga, who traveled daily to New Jersey, helping to develop her songs and compose new material.
The producer said they began dating in May 2006, and he claimed to have been the first person to call her “Lady Gaga”, which was derived from Queen’s song “Radio Ga Ga”.
Their relationship lasted until January 2007.
Fusari and Gaga established a company called Team Lovechild, LLC to promote her career.
They recorded and produced electropop tracks, sending them to music industry executives. Joshua Sarubin, the head of Artists and repertoire (A&R) at Def Jam Recordings, responded positively and, after approval from Sarubin’s boss Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Gaga was signed to Def Jam in September 2006.
She was dropped from the label three months later and returned to her family home for Christmas. She began performing at neo-burlesque shows, which according to her represented freedom.
During this time, she met performance artist Lady Starlight, who helped mold her onstage persona.
The pair began performing at downtown club venues like the Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, and the Rockwood Music Hall. Their live performance art piece, known as “Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue” and billed as “The Ultimate Pop Burlesque Rockshow”, was a tribute to 1970s variety acts.
Their performance at the 2007 Lollapalooza music festival received critical praise.
Having initially focused on avant-garde electronic dance music, Gaga began to incorporate pop melodies and the glam rock style of David Bowie and Queen into her songs. While Gaga and Starlight were performing, Fusari continued to develop the songs he had created with her, sending them to the producer and record executive Vincent Herbert.
In November 2007, Herbert signed Gaga to his label Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records, established that month.
Gaga later credited Herbert as the man who discovered her.
Having served as an apprentice songwriter during an internship at Famous Music Publishing, Gaga struck a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV. As a result, she was hired to write songs for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, Fergie, and The Pussycat Dolls.
At Interscope, musician Akon was impressed with her singing abilities when she sang a reference vocal for one of his tracks in studio.
Akon convinced Jimmy Iovine, chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, to form a joint deal by having Gaga also sign with his own label KonLive, making her his “franchise player”.
In late 2007, Gaga met with songwriter and producer RedOne.
She collaborated with him in the recording studio for a week on her debut album, signing with Cherrytree Records, an Interscope imprint established by producer and songwriter Martin Kierszenbaum; she also wrote four songs with Kierszenbaum.
Despite securing a record deal, she said that some radio stations found her music too “racy”, “dance-oriented”, and “underground” for the mainstream market. The singer responded to them: “My name is Lady Gaga, I’ve been on the music scene for years, and I’m telling you, this is what’s next.”
2008–2010: Breakthrough with The Fame and The Fame Monster
By 2008, Gaga had relocated to Los Angeles to work extensively with her record label to complete her debut album, The Fame, and to set up her own creative team called the Haus of Gaga, modeled on Andy Warhol’s Factory.
The Fame was released on August 19, 2008, reaching number one in Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and the UK and appearing in the top five in Australia and the US.
The album has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.
Its first two singles, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”, became worldwide commercial successes, reaching number one in the Canada, United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
The latter was also the world’s best-selling single of 2009—with 9.8 million copies sold that year—and spent a record 83 weeks on the Digital Songs chart.
Three other singles—”Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)”, “LoveGame”, and “Paparazzi”—were released from the album, with the latter reaching number one in Germany.
Remixed versions of the singles from The Fame except “Eh, Eh” were included in Hitmixes in August 2009.
At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, The Fame and “Poker Face” won Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Dance Recording, respectively.
Following her opening act on The Pussycat Dolls’ 2009 Doll Domination Tour in Europe and Oceania, Gaga headlined her worldwide The Fame Ball Tour, which ran from March to September 2009. While traveling the globe, she wrote The Fame Monster, an EP of eight songs, released on November 18, 2009.
Its first single “Bad Romance” was released one month earlier, and went number one in Canada and the UK while reaching number two in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
“Telephone” with Beyoncé followed as the second single, and became Gaga’s fourth UK number one.
Its third single was “Alejandro”, which reached number one in Finland and attracted controversy when its music video was deemed blasphemous by the Catholic League.
Both tracks also reached the top five in the US. The video for “Bad Romance” became the most watched on YouTube in April 2010, and Gaga became the first person with more than one billion combined views the following October.
At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga won 8 awards from 13 nominations, including Video of the Year for “Bad Romance”.
She became the most nominated artist for a single year, and the first female to receive two nominations for Video of the Year at the same ceremony.
The Fame Monster won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, and “Bad Romance” won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video.
In 2009, Gaga spent a record 150 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and became the most downloaded female act in a year in the US with 11.1 million downloads — earning an entry in the Guinness World Records.
The success of The Fame and The Fame Monster allowed Gaga to start her second worldwide concert tour, The Monster Ball Tour and release The Remix—her final record with Cherrytree Records and among the best-selling remix albums of all time.
The former ran from November 2009 to May 2011 and grossed $227.4 million, making it the highest-grossing concert tour for a debut headlining artist.
Concerts performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City were filmed for an HBO television special titled Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden.
Gaga also performed songs from the albums at the 2009 Royal Variety Performance, 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, and the 2010 BRIT Awards.
Before Michael Jackson’s death, Gaga was set to take part in his cancelled This Is It concert series at London’s O2 Arena.
During this era Gaga ventured into business, collaborating with consumer electronics company Monster Cable Products to create in-ear, jewel-encrusted, headphones called Heartbeats by Lady Gaga.
Gaga also partnered with Polaroid in January 2010 as their Creative Director and announced a suite of photo capturing products called Grey Label.
Her collaboration with past producer and ex-boyfriend Rob Fusari led to her production team, Mermaid Music LLC, being sued.
At this time, Gaga was tested borderline positive for lupus, but claimed not to be affected by the symptoms and hoped to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
2011–2014: Born This Way, Artpop, and Cheek to Cheek
In February 2011, Gaga released “Born This Way”, the lead single from her studio album of the same name. The song sold more than one million copies within five days, earning the Guinness World Record for the fastest selling single on iTunes.
It debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 1,000th number-one single in the history of the charts.
Its second single “Judas” followed two months later, and “The Edge of Glory” served as its third single, with both reaching the top ten in the US and UK.
Her music video for “The Edge of Glory”, unlike her previous work, portrays her dancing on a fire escape and walking on a lonely street, without intricate choreography and back-up dancers.
Born This Way was released on May 23, 2011, and debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.1 million copies.
The album sold eight million copies worldwide and received three Grammy nominations, including Gaga’s third consecutive nomination for Album of the Year.
Born This Way’s following singles were “You and I” and “Marry the Night”, which reached numbers 6 and 29 in the US, respectively.
While filming the former’s music video, Gaga met and started dating actor Taylor Kinney in July 2011, who played her love interest.
She supported the album with Born This Way Ball, which began in April 2012 and concluded in February 2013. Some of the tour’s shows were cancelled due to a labral tear of her right hip, which required surgery and resulted in refunds of more than $25 million and 200,000 tickets.
The tour earned $186.82 million globally.
Gaga’s other endeavors in 2011 included collaborating with Tony Bennett on a jazz version of “The Lady Is a Tramp”, with Elton John on “Hello Hello” for the animated feature film Gnomeo & Juliet, and The Lonely Island along with Justin Timberlake on “3-Way (The Golden Rule)”.
She also performed a concert at the Sydney Town Hall, Australia that year to promote Born This Way and to celebrate former US President Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday.
In November, she was featured in a Thanksgiving special titled A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, which attracted 5.7 million American viewers and spawned the release of her fourth EP, A Very Gaga Holiday.
Gaga later guest-starred as an animated version of herself in the 2012 “Lisa Goes Gaga” episode of The Simpsons, appeared in the documentary films The Zen of Bennett and Katy Perry: Part of Me (both 2012), and released her first fragrance, Lady Gaga Fame, followed by a second one, Eau de Gaga, in 2014.
Gaga began work on her third studio album, Artpop, in early 2012, during the Born This Way Ball tour; she crafted the album to mirror “a night at the club”.
In August 2013, Gaga released the album’s lead single “Applause”, which reached numbers one and four in Hungary and the US, respectively.
A lyric video for Artpop track “Aura” followed in October to accompany Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills, where she plays an assassin named La Chameleon.
The film received generally negative reviews from critics and earned less than half of its $33 million budget.
The second Artpop single, “Do What U Want”, featured singer R. Kelly and was released later that month, topping the charts in Hungary and reaching number 13 in the US.
Artpop was released in November 2013 to mixed reviews.
Helen Brown in The Daily Telegraph criticized Gaga for making another album about her fame and doubted the record’s originality, but found it “great for dancing”.
The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, and sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide as of July 2014.
“G.U.Y.” followed as its third release in March 2014.
The track was much less successful than its predecessors in the US, peaking at number 76.
Gaga hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in November 2013, performing “Do What U Want” (with Kelly) and an album cut, “Gypsy”.
After holding her second Thanksgiving Day television special on ABC, Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular, she performed a special rendition of “Do What U Want” with Christina Aguilera on the fifth season of the American reality talent show The Voice.
In March 2014, Gaga had a seven-day concert residency commemorating the last performance at New York’s Roseland Ballroom before its closure.
Two months later, she embarked on the ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour, building on concepts from her ArtRave promotional event. Earning $83 million, the tour included cities cancelled from the Born This Way Ball tour itinerary.
In the meantime, Gaga split from longtime manager Troy Carter over “creative differences”, and by June 2014, she and new manager Bobby Campbell joined Artist Nation, the artist management division of Live Nation Entertainment.
She briefly appeared in Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and was confirmed as Versace’s spring-summer 2014 face with a campaign called “Lady Gaga For Versace”.
In September 2014, Gaga released a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek. The inspiration behind the album came from her friendship with Bennett, and fascination with jazz music since her childhood.
Before the album was released, it produced the singles “Anything Goes” and “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”.
Cheek to Cheek received generally favorable reviews, with The Guardian’s Caroline Sullivan praising Gaga’s vocals and Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich writing that “Cheek to Cheek serves up the real thing, start to finish”.
The record was Gaga’s third consecutive number-one album on the Billboard 200, and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
The duo recorded the concert special Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, and embarked on the Cheek to Cheek Tour from December 2014 to August 2015.
2015–present: American Horror Story, Joanne, and Super Bowl performances
In February 2015, Gaga became engaged to Taylor Kinney.
After Artpop’s lukewarm response, Gaga began to reinvent her image and style. According to Billboard, this shift started with the release of Cheek to Cheek and the attention she received for her performance at the 87th Academy Awards, where she sang a medley of songs from The Sound of Music in a tribute to Julie Andrews.
Considered one of her best performances by Billboard, it triggered more than 214,000 interactions per minute globally on Facebook.
She and Diane Warren co-wrote the song “Til It Happens to You” for the documentary The Hunting Ground, which earned them the Satellite Award for Best Original Song and an Academy Award nomination in the same category.
Gaga won Billboard Woman of the Year and Contemporary Icon Award at the 2015 Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards.
Gaga had spent much of her early life wanting to be an actress, and achieved her goal when she starred in American Horror Story: Hotel.
Running from October 2015 to January 2016, Hotel is the fifth season of the anthology horror series, American Horror Story, in which Gaga played a hotel owner named Elizabeth.
At the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Gaga received the Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film award for her work on the season.
Gaga’s other endeavors included appearing in Nick Knight’s 2015 fashion film for Tom Ford’s 2016 spring campaign and a guest editor spot for V fashion magazine’s 99th issue in January 2016, which features sixteen different covers.
She received Editor of the Year award at the Fashion Los Angeles Awards.
In 2016, Gaga sang the US national anthem in February at Super Bowl 50, partnered with Intel and Nile Rodgers for a tribute performance to the late David Bowie at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, and sang “Til It Happens to You” at the 88th Academy Awards, where she was introduced by Joe Biden and accompanied on-stage by 50 sexual assault survivors.
The singer was honored that April with the Artist Award at the Jane Ortner Education Awards by The Grammy Museum, which recognizes artists who have demonstrated passion and dedication to education through the arts.
Her engagement to Taylor Kinney ended in the following July, with the singer later noting that her career interfered with their relationship.
Gaga played a witch named Scathach in American Horror Story: Roanoke, the series’ sixth season, which ran from September to November 2016.
Her role in the fifth season of the show ultimately influenced her future music, prompting her to feature “the art of darkness”.
She released her fifth album’s lead single “Perfect Illusion” in September 2016.
The song topped the charts in France and Spain, while peaking at number 15 in the US.
The album, titled Joanne, was named after her deceased aunt who was an inspiration behind the music. It was released on October 21, 2016, and sold 170,000 copies in the US during its first week. Joanne was Gaga’s fourth number one Billboard album, making her the first woman to reach the US summit four times in the 2010s.
Its second single “Million Reasons” followed the next month, and reached number four in the US.
To promote Joanne, Gaga embarked on the three-date Dive Bar Tour.
Gaga performed as the headlining act during the Super Bowl LI halftime show on February 5, 2017. Her performance featured a group of hundreds of lighted drones forming various shapes in the sky above Houston’s NRG Stadium—the first time robotic aircraft appeared in a Super Bowl program.
It attracted 117.5 million viewers in the United States, exceeding the game’s total of 113.3 million viewers.
The performance led to a surge of 410,000 song downloads in the United States for Gaga and earned her an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Special Class Program category.
In April, the singer headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
She also released a standalone-single, “The Cure”, which reached the top 10 in Australia and France.
In August, Gaga began the Joanne World Tour, which she announced after the Super Bowl LI halftime show and is expected to finish in 2018.
Gaga’s creation of Joanne and preparation of her halftime show performance were featured in the documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which premiered on Netflix in September.
Throughout the film, she was seen suffering from chronic pain, which was later revealed to be the effect of a long-term condition called fibromyalgia.
The singer will star in and create new music for Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, a remake of the 1937 musical drama film of the same name. It is set to be released in May 2018.
Her character is a woman named Ally whose romance with singer Jackson Maine (played by Cooper) becomes strained after her career begins to overshadow his.
Gaga grew up listening to artists such as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Blondie, and Garbage, who have all influenced her music.
Gaga’s musical inspiration varies from dance-pop singers like Madonna and Michael Jackson to glam rock artists like David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, as well as the theatrics of the pop artist Andy Warhol and her own performance roots in musical theater.
The singer has been compared to Madonna, who has said that she sees herself reflected in Gaga.
Gaga says that she wants to revolutionize pop music like Madonna.
Gaga has also cited heavy metal bands as an influence, including Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
She credits Beyoncé as a key inspiration to pursue a musical career.
Gaga was inspired by her mother to be interested in fashion, which she now says is a major influence and integrated with her music.
Stylistically, Gaga has been compared to Leigh Bowery, Isabella Blow, and Cher, she once commented that as a child, she absorbed Cher’s fashion sense and made it her own.
She considers Donatella Versace her muse and the English fashion designer Alexander McQueen as an inspiration.
In turn, Versace calls Lady Gaga “the fresh Donatella”.
Gaga has also been influenced by Princess Diana, whom she has admired since her childhood.
Gaga has called the Indian physician, public speaker, and writer Deepak Chopra a “true inspiration”, and she has also quoted Indian leader Osho’s book Creativity on Twitter. Gaga says she was influenced by Osho’s work in valuing rebellion through creativity and equality.
Musical style and themes
Critics have analysed and scrutinised Gaga’s musical and performance style, as she has experimented with new ideas and images throughout her career. She says the continual reinvention is “liberating” herself, which she has been drawn to since childhood.
Gaga has a coloratura contralto vocal range and strongly disapproves of lip syncing.
She has changed her vocal style regularly, and considers Born This Way “much more vocally up to par with what I’ve always been capable of.”
In summing up her voice, Entertainment Weekly wrote: “There’s an immense emotional intelligence behind the way she uses her voice. Almost never does she overwhelm a song with her vocal ability, recognizing instead that artistry is to be found in nuance rather than lung power.”
Gaga’s early songs have been called “depthless,” but according to Evan Sawdey of PopMatters, she “does manage to get you moving and grooving at an almost effortless pace.”
Gaga believes that “all good music can be played on a piano and still sound like a hit”.
Music critic Simon Reynolds wrote in 2010, “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’s songs have covered a wide variety of concepts; The Fame discusses the lust for stardom, while the follow-up The Fame Monster expresses fame’s dark side through monster metaphors. The Fame is an electropop and dance-pop album that has influences of 1980s pop and 1990s Europop, whereas The Fame Monster displays Gaga’s taste for pastiche, drawing on “Seventies arena glam, perky ABBA disco, and sugary throwbacks like Stacey Q”.
Born This Way has lyrics in English, French, German, and Spanish and features themes common to Gaga’s controversial songwriting such as sex, love, religion, money, drugs, identity, liberation, sexuality, freedom, and individualism.
The album explores new genres, such as electronic rock and techno.
The themes in Artpop revolve around Gaga’s personal views of fame, love, sex, feminism, self-empowerment, overcoming addiction, and reactions to media scrutiny.
Billboard describes Artpop as “coherently channeling R&B, techno, disco and rock music”.
With Cheek to Cheek, Gaga dabbled in the jazz genre.
Joanne, exploring the genres of country, funk, pop, dance, rock, electronic music and folk, was influenced by her personal life.
Videos and stage
Featuring constant costume changes and provocative visuals, Gaga’s music videos are often described as short films.
The video for “Telephone” earned Gaga the Guinness World Record for Most Product Placement in a Video.
According to author Curtis Fogel, she explores bondage and sadomasochism and highlights prevalent feminist themes. The main themes of her music videos are sex, violence, and power.
She calls herself “a little bit of a feminist” and asserts that she is “sexually empowering women”.
Gaga has called herself a perfectionist when it comes to her elaborate shows.
Her performances have been described as “highly entertaining and innovative”, the blood-spurting performance of “Paparazzi” at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards was described as “eye-popping” by MTV News.
She continued the blood-soaked theme during The Monster Ball Tour, causing protests in England from family groups and fans in the aftermath of the Cumbria shootings, in which a taxi driver had killed 12 people, then himself.
At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Gaga appeared in drag as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, and delivered a lovesick monologue before a performance of her song “You and I”.
As Gaga’s choreographer and creative director, Laurieann Gibson provided material for her shows and videos for four years before she was replaced by her assistant Richard Jackson in 2014.
Public reception of Gaga’s music, fashion sense, and persona is polarized. Because of her influence on modern culture, and her rise to global fame, sociologist Mathieu Deflem of the University of South Carolina has offered a course titled “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame” since early 2011 with the objective of unraveling “some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga”.
When Gaga met briefly with then-president Barack Obama at a Human Rights Campaign fundraiser, he found the interaction “intimidating” as she was dressed in 16-inch heels, making her the tallest woman in the room.
When interviewed by Barbara Walters for her annual ABC News special 10 Most Fascinating People in 2009, Gaga dismissed the claim that she is intersex as an urban legend. Responding to a question on this issue, she expressed her fondness for androgyny.
In a 2010 Sunday Times article, Camille Paglia criticized Gaga as “more an identity thief than an erotic taboo breaker, a mainstream manufactured product who claims to be singing for the freaks, the rebellious and the dispossessed when she is none of those”.
Gaga’s outlandish fashion sense has also served as an important aspect of her character.
During her early career, members of the media compared her fashion choices to those of Christina Aguilera.
In 2011, 121 women gathered at the Grammy Awards dressed in costumes similar to those worn by Gaga, earning the 2011 Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Lady Gaga Impersonators.
The Global Language Monitor named “Lady Gaga” as the Top Fashion Buzzword with her trademark “no pants” a close third.
Entertainment Weekly put her outfits on its end of the decade “best-of” list, saying that she “brought performance art into the mainstream.”
Time placed Gaga on their All-Time 100 Fashion Icons List, stating: “Lady Gaga is just as notorious for her outrageous style as she is for her pop hits, Gaga has sported outfits made from plastic bubbles, Kermit the Frog dolls, and raw meat.”
Gaga wore a dress made of raw beef to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, which was supplemented by boots, a purse, and a hat also made out of raw beef.
Partly awarded in recognition of the dress, Vogue named her one of the Best Dressed people of 2010 and Time named the dress the Fashion Statement of the year.
Attracting the attention of worldwide media, it was also criticized by the animal rights organization PETA, which found it offensive.
The meat dress was displayed at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2012, and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in September 2015.
Gaga’s fans call her “Mother Monster”, and she often refers to them as “Little Monsters,” a phrase which she had tattooed on herself in dedication.
In July 2012, Gaga also co-founded the social networking service LittleMonsters.com, devoted to her fans.
According to Guinness World Records, Gaga was the most followed person on Twitter in 2011 and the most followed female pop singer in 2014; the book also named her the most powerful popstar that year.
Forbes included Gaga on its Celebrity 100 from 2010 to 2015 and its list of the World’s Most Powerful Women from 2010 to 2014.
She earned $62 million, $90 million, $52 million, $80 million, $33 million, and $59 million from 2010 through 2015.
She was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010 and ranked second in most influential people of the past ten years in a Time magazine readers’ poll in 2013.
In March 2012, Gaga was ranked fourth on Billboard’s list of top moneymakers of 2011 with earnings of $25 million, which included sales from Born This Way and her Monster Ball Tour.
The following year, she topped Forbes’ List of Top-Earning Celebs Under 30, and in February 2016, the magazine estimated Gaga’s net worth to be $275 million.
After declining an invitation to appear on the single “We Are the World 25” (because of rehearsal for her tour) to benefit victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Gaga donated the proceeds of her January 2010 Radio City Music Hall concert to the country’s reconstruction relief fund.
All profits from her online store that day were also donated, and Gaga announced that $500,000 was collected for the fund.
Hours after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Gaga tweeted a link to Japan Prayer Bracelets. All revenue from a bracelet she designed in conjunction with the company was donated to relief efforts; these raised $1.5 million.
In June 2011, Gaga performed at MTV Japan’s charity show in Makuhari Messe, which benefited the Japanese Red Cross.
In 2012, Gaga joined the campaign group Artists Against Fracking.
That October, Yoko Ono gave Gaga and four other activists the LennonOno Grant for Peace in Reykjavík, Iceland.
The following month, Gaga pledged to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Gaga also contributes in the fight against HIV and AIDS, focusing on educating young women about the risks of the disease. In collaboration with Cyndi Lauper, Gaga joined forces with MAC Cosmetics to launch a line of lipstick under their supplementary cosmetic line, Viva Glam.
Sales have raised more than $202 million to fight HIV and AIDS.
In April 2016, Gaga joined Vice President Joe Biden at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to support Biden’s It’s On Us campaign as he traveled to colleges on behalf of the organization, which has seen 250,000 students from more than 530 colleges sign a pledge of solidarity and activism.
Two months later, Gaga attended the 84th Annual US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis where she joined with the Dalai Lama to talk about the power of kindness and how to make the world a more compassionate place.
The Chinese government added Gaga to a list of hostile foreign forces, and Chinese websites and media organizations were ordered to stop uploading or distributing her songs. The Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CCPPD) also issued an order for state-controlled media to condemn this meeting.
Born This Way Foundation
Main article: Born This Way Foundation
In 2012, Gaga launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit organization that focuses on youth empowerment. It takes its name from her 2011 single and album. Media proprietor Oprah Winfrey, writer Deepak Chopra, and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the foundation’s inauguration at Harvard University.
The foundation’s original funding included $1.2 million from Gaga, $500,000 from the MacArthur Foundation, and $850,000 from Barneys New York.
In July 2012, the BTWF partnered with Office Depot, which donated 25% of the sales, a minimum of $1 million of a series of limited edition back-to-school products.
The foundation’s initiatives have included the “Born Brave Bus” that followed her on tour as a youth drop-in center as an initiative against bullying.
In October 2015, at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Gaga joined 200 high school students, policy makers, and academic officials, including Peter Salovey, to discuss ways to recognize and channel emotions for positive outcomes.
In 2016, the foundation partnered with Intel, Vox Media, and Re/code to fight online harassment.
The sales revenue of the 99th issue of the V magazine, which featured Gaga and Kinney, was donated to the foundation.
Gaga and Elton John released the clothing and accessories line Love Bravery at Macy’s in May. 25% of each purchase support Gaga’s foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Gaga partnered with Starbucks for a week in June 2017 with the “Cups of Kindness” campaign, where the company donated 25 cents from some of the beverages sold to the foundation.
The singer also appeared in a video by Staples Inc. to raise funds for the foundation and DonorsChoose.org.
As a bisexual woman, Gaga actively supports LGBT rights worldwide.
She attributes much of her early success as a mainstream artist to her gay fans and is considered a gay icon.
Early in her career she had difficulty getting radio airplay, and stated, “The turning point for me was the gay community.”
She thanked FlyLife, a Manhattan-based LGBT marketing company with whom her label Interscope works, in the liner notes of The Fame.
One of her first televised performances was in May 2008 at the NewNowNext Awards, an awards show aired by the LGBT television network Logo.
Gaga spoke at the 2009 National Equality March in Washington in support of the LGBT movement.
She attended the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards accompanied by four gay and lesbian former members of the United States Armed Forces who had been unable to serve openly under the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which banned open homosexuality in the military.
Gaga urged her fans via YouTube to contact their senators in an effort to overturn the policy.
In September 2010, she spoke at a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s rally in Portland, Maine. Following this event, The Advocate named her a “fierce advocate” for gays and lesbians.
Gaga appeared at Europride, an international event dedicated to LGBT pride, in Rome in June 2011. She criticized the poor state of gay rights in many European countries and described gay people as “revolutionaries of love”.
Gaga was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church Monastery so that she could officiate the wedding of two female friends.
In June 2016, during a vigil held in Los Angeles for victims of the attack at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Gaga read aloud the names of the 49 people killed in the attack, and gave a speech.
Later that month, Gaga appeared in Human Rights Campaign’s tribute video to the victims of the attack.
She has opposed the presidency of Donald Trump and criticized him for his military transgender ban.
She publicly supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists with estimated sales of 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016. Some of her singles are also among the best-selling worldwide.
She has grossed more than $300 million in revenue from 3.2 million tickets for her first three worldwide concert tours.
Gaga was named the “Queen of Pop” in a 2011 ranking by Rolling Stone (based on record sales and social media metrics), and she ranked fourth in VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012.
She has been often regarded as a trailblazer for sometimes utilizing controversy to bring attention to various issues.
Because of The Fame’s success—it was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All-Time by Rolling Stone in 2013, Gaga is acknowledged as one of the few artists who propelled the rise in the popularity of synthpop in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
Scott Hardy, Polaroid’s CEO, has praised Gaga for inspiring her fans and for her close interactions with them on social media.
According to Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker, “Lady Gaga blazed a trail for truculent pop stars by treating her own celebrity as an evolving art project.”
Including Born This Way as one of the 50 best female albums of all time, Rolling Stone considers it “hard to remember a world where we didn’t have Gaga, although we’re pretty sure it was a lot more boring.”
In 2015, Time also noted that Gaga had “practically invented the current era of pop music as spectacle.”
Her work has influenced artists including Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, Halsey, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, Noah Cyrus, Katherine Langford, and MGMT.
A new genus of ferns, Gaga, and two species, G. germanotta and G. monstraparva have been named in her honor.
The name monstraparva alluded to Gaga’s fans known as “little monsters” since their symbol is the outstretched “monster claw” hand, which resembles a tightly rolled young fern leaf prior to unfurling.
Gaga also has an extinct mammal, Gagadon minimonstrum, and a parasitic wasp, Aleiodes gaga, named for her.
Awards and recognition
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has won six Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, several Guinness World Records, and the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award.
She received a National Arts Awards’ Young Artist Award, which honors individuals who have shown accomplishments and leadership early in their career, and she won the Jane Ortner Artist Award from the Grammy Museum in 2016.
Gaga has also been recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award and was a finalist for The Advocate’s Person of the Year in 2016.
Gaga has consecutively appeared on Billboard magazine’s Artists of the Year (scoring the definitive title in 2010).
Named Woman of the Year in 2015, she is the fifth best selling digital singles artist in the US with a total of 60 million certified according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
She became the first woman to receive the Digital Diamond Award certification from RIAA, is one of two artists with two Diamond certified songs (“Bad Romance” and “Poker Face”), and is the first and only artist to have two songs pass 7 million downloads (“Poker Face” and “Just Dance”).
Lady Gaga won the favorite female artist pop rock awards at the 49th American Music Awards on november 19, 2017.
Best Known For
Her studio albums and her distinctive features listed above. She was claimed to fame after her hit singles in 2008 titled “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”.
Her debut album is The Fame released on August 19, 2008 through Interscope Records. It consists of 14 tracks with a total length of 54:19 minutes. It sold 15,000,000 copies in the world and was certified as 3x Platinum in USA.
Gaga did her first film in 2011 titled Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden. This film was a documentation of her concert of February 21 and 22, 2011.
First TV Show
In 2001, Gaga appeared in American television drama show The Sopranos as a classmate. At that time, she was not famous and appeared in just single episode number 9 in season 3.
Her other TV show appearances include Boiling Points in 2005, Gossip Girl in 2009, Saturday Night Live from 2009-2011, etc.
Harley Pasternak is the personal trainer of Lady Gaga who has made a 5 Factor Programme for workout and diet of his clients. Gaga also uses Harley bar made by Pasternak himself. She does lunges, skater twists, and yoga. Saturday and Sunday are specially dedicated to burning fat. Generally, she does the workout for 30 minutes. See her complete workout routine for abs and full body here.
Regarding diet plan, Gaga eats 5 times a day, according to 5 Factor Program and she is supposed to eat 2 times meals and 3 times snacks.
Lady Gaga Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Cheeseburger
Favorite Book – Romeo and Juliet (By William Shakespeare)
Favorite Colors – Purple, Black, White
Favorite Accessories – Heels, Heavy makeup, Colorful wigs, Heartbeats, Lingerie, Sunglasses
Lady Gaga Facts
Lady Gaga says that her parents came from lower class families so her family has worked hard.
Her younger sister is a fashion student.
She is a big fan of Britney Spears.
In 2012, Gaga was ranked at number 4 on Billboard’s list of top moneymakers of 2011, grossing more than $25 million.
She knew how to play piano by the age of 4.
Paris Hilton and her sister Nicky Hilton were Gaga’s classmates when they studied together in the school – Convent of the Sacred Heart. Hilton sisters briefly attended this school.
Her stage name, Lady Gaga is a reference to the song Radio Ga-Ga by Queen.
She has many tattoos. There are 9 tattoos her left side of the body because her father has banned any etchings on the right side.
She supports the gay community.
Her role model is Madonna.