Lady Gaga: biography
Lady Gaga is the American singer, songwriter, designer, producer, and actress. She was born on March 28, 1986, in New York. The singer’s full name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
Stefani is the first child of the Italian entrepreneurs Cynthia Bissett and Joseph Germanotta. The singer has a sister who is 6 years younger. When Stefani turned 4, she picked out tunes and learned how to play piano on her own. The future “Lady Gaga” began to sing Michael Jackson’s and Cyndi Lauper’s songs. As the girl was recording her voice by means of a cheap tape-recorder, she felt like a real star.
At 11, Stefani went to the private Catholic school “The Convent of the Sacred Heart” where she frequented open evenings and took leading parts in theater performances. The girl also sang at the school jazz orchestra. Teachers marked that Stefani was more intelligent than the majority of her peers. At 17, she managed to get the early admission at the New York University School of the Arts due to her good Clive Davis program results. Only 20 students passed all the tests.
At this time, the young woman tried to show herself. She was notable for her extraordinary behavior. She was wearing extravagant clothes and communicated with transgenders and drag queens at shows and music events. In 2016, rumors even had it that the singer had some mental disorders which were not proved.
The star has a congenital anomaly related to the small size of her body. Because she has always been short (her height is 155 cm.), the would-be singer was often laughed at when she was a school student. Besides, Lady Gaga’s height is also challenging for designers, modelers, and directors who have to adapt to the American star’s body measurements.
As soon as Stefani graduated from school, her father found an apartment for his daughter, provided her with the start-up capital, and encouraged her to achieve success and meet the family’s expectations. Thus, the young woman began her independent life.
Together with young music groups Mackin Pulsifer and SGBand, the singer started giving performances in East Harlem clubs where she was surrounded by musicians and singers engaged in electronic music development. At this period, Stefani made a decision to become an eccentric singer. In 2006, she started working with the producer Rob Fusari.
Under Fusari’s guidance, the singer created her first songs “Beautiful Dirty Rich,” “Dirty Ice Cream,” and Disco Heaven.” The pseudonym “Lady Gaga” appeared at this time: it is related to Queen’s song “Radio Ga Ga.” Since that time, Lady Gaga asked not to call her “Stefani.”
In 2006, the beginning singer Lady Gaga met the artist Lady Starlight who had a considerable influence on her overall style and image. The rapper Akon also played a significant role in the freak-singer’s career formation.
Lady Gaga possesses many prizes: 6 Grammy Awards and 30 MTV Awards in different countries all over the globe. Throughout her career, she has released 5 music albums. Lady Gaga is the American Music Awards winner which is one of the most prestigious music titles in the USA.
In September 2009, the American singer was officially called the “Queen of Download”: two singles from the first album were among the 40 most frequently downloaded songs according to British Official Charts Company. The hits “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance” enjoyed the mass distribution. Besides, the music videos “Poker Face,” “Alejandro,” “Paparazzi,” “Telephone,” and “Judas” were welcomed by the audience and continue to gain thousands of views today.
The hit song and music video “Bad Romance” are particularly outstanding. Critics and experts appreciated the excellent music, the video plot, and the overall concept of the single and video. Lady Gaga’s fans consider this work to be the best in her discography. The singer is pleased with these achievements.
Despite her age, Lady Gaga is a socially prominent woman who can allow herself to live the way she wants and manage her finances and social activity independently.
Lady Gaga has starred in several movies with varying success. For instance, the role of La Chameleón was a total failure while the series “American Horror Story,” namely the seasons “Hotel” and “Roanoke,” brought the singer the tremendous success.
Today, US movie lovers recognize the actress thanks to her roles of Elizabeth and Scáthach. The actress gained big paycheck for these projects and donated some money to children’s houses and shelters. Another movie “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden” tells the story of the singer’s life and occupation. The movie creators used documental materials supporting Lady Gaga’s memories. Critics called this work the objective and high-quality memoir.
The American singer’s hit songs sounded in the American cartoon “Alvin and the Chipmunks”: the characters performed the famous song “Bad Romance.”
The singer’s success inspires people to make parodies and doubles. There are many Lady Gaga copies who look exactly like her all over the world. For example, her only official double Aleksandra Guseva lives in Russia.
Image and costumes
Lady Gaga’s fans often pay attention to the singer’s appearance. Even Hollywood star look on her manner of transformation with admiring envy.
Speaking of striking looks, Lady Gaga likes to go out in unusual clothes: this strive is traced in all her costumes. For instance, the singer’s meat dress was much spoken about.
Lady Gaga has always tried to stand out by her unusual clothes and accessories, such as a wig half of her height or a net costume that left her body almost uncovered. However, as the singer appeared at the 27th MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, her look was called weird: it was the dress that appeared to have been made of pork only, a hat, and a clutch. This individual order dress was cased with pork and prepared for wearing with a special proofing.
At the same time, Lady Gaga’s company had always problems related to the singer’s photos. In summer 2016, the star’s compromising photos scandal erupted. The story was suppressed, but the provocation could be stopped only by paying off a large sum of money.
Lady Gaga produces her own perfume “Lady Gaga Fame.” The product is notable for moving beyond the traditional pyramid scheme: the push-pull technology where all notes are equally traced was used.
Lady Gaga is known for her active position in terms of the LGBT rights. She does the charity work and takes part in different campaigns. For example, the singer fights against AIDS/HIV and distributes the information about this disease among the youth. Together with Cyndi Lauper and MAC Cosmetics, Lady Gaga produces Viva Glam Lipstick and provides projects aimed at AIDS/HIV combat with the profit money.
In 2010, Lady Gaga became the social network Little Monsters administrator and coordinator. Users had the opportunity to communicate with the queen of provocation at the local chat.
Thanks to her numerous popular songs, the singer gains the considerable profit that is distributed in several directions: charity, AIDS/HIV combat campaign, and medical foundations support.
Lady Gaga is a passionate proponent of the LGBT rights. The singer joined the initiative to abolish the law prohibiting gay people to serve in the US Army. Later, their rights were enhanced. In 2010, Lady Gaga supported meetings and agitated the society to support the same-sex marriages legalization.
The star conducts the program on informing young women about AIDS/HIV and other STDs danger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence rate declined by 5-7% due to the program.
In 2012, the special organization, Fund for Gay and Lesbian Life at Harvard, was open; it promoted respect and tolerance to LGBT people.
The American society has always been interested in the singer’s personal life. From 2005 to 2008, Lady Gaga was dating the musician Luc Carl. The media reported that the singer was seeing her producer Rob Fusari in 2008-2009 and the creative director Matthew Williams from 2009 to 2010.
In 2011, Lady Gaga entered the relationship with the model and actor Taylor Kinney. The couple’s acquaintances believed they would marry soon. On February 14, 2015, Kinney made a proposal, but the lovers never married because both of them were busy. American media spread the information that Lady Gaga was pregnant, but the singer denied the rumors and explained she was just getting older and gained weight (the singer’s weight was 53 kg.).
In July 2016, the American singer announced she and Taylor broke up. Today, Lady Gaga is single and does not plan to date anyone.
In February 2017, Lady Gaga surprised her fans at the Grammy Awards ceremony: she gave a performance with the metal group Metallica. Besides, she walked on the red carpet wearing the black bolero jacket that hardly covered her breasts.
Lady Gaga had a successful Super Bowl show where 300 drones were used. As they formed the American flag in the air above the football field, the singer performed “This Land is Your Land,” the popular in the US folk song.
Lady Gaga herself got down the scene on cables and sang her hits including “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face.” The National Football League (NFL) Twitter published the full show of the artist.
Fans were excited by the American singer’s show, yet not everybody appreciated it. Before the concert, the conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones stated that Lady Gaga was taking part in the “new world order establishment” and encouraged people not to watch the concert.
Jones marked that the Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl show was nothing but a dark ritual and the singer would wear the costume made of flesh. According to Jones, the organizers of the event aimed at desecrating America, break citizens’ will, and make everyone worship evil forces.
Some Facebook and Instagram users even supported the conspiracy theorist and urged the Americans to fight against “evil witches.” The singer called the accusations of Satanism and world plot “schizophrenic.”
In March 2017 interview, Lady Gaga told the Arthritis Magazine reporters about her chronic pain in her hip.
The American singer explained that she had a femur fracture in 2013 and had to have a surgery. After that, she started experiencing the chronic pain. Lady Gaga said she tried to ignore the unpleasant symptoms, but this attitude toward her health had no positive results.
“Hip pain can't stop me,” – marked the American.
In June 2017, Lady Gaga was working at the Los Angeles café counter. This performance was the part of the “Born This Way” (BTW) charity project. The star appealed to the audience to be nicer to people around.
“Have a Pink Drink this week,” she wrote on her Instagram page.
The organizers informed that BTW and Starbucks started selling special “Cups of Kindness” drinks that were created together with Lady Gaga.
Today, Lady Gaga is the world’s star, popular songwriter, and e-music performer. The American continues to please her fans with new songs and unique looks.
Lady Gaga’s music gained popularity in 2008 when the album “The Fame” including the song hits “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” was bestselling. Today, the album is triple-platinum: more than 4 million copies were sold.
- 2008 – “The Fame”
- 2011 – “Born This Way”
- 2013 – “Artpop”
- 2014 – “Cheek to Cheek”
- 2016 – “Joanne”
- 2010 – “The Remix”
- 2010 – “The Singles”
- 2011 – Born This Way: The Remix
- 2011 – Born This Way: The Collection
- 2009 – “The Cherrytree Sessions”
- 2009 – “Hitmixes”
- 2009 – “The Fame Monster”
- 2011 – “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden”
- 2011 – “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving”
- 2013 – “Machete Kills”
- 2014 – “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”
- 2015 – “American Horror Story: Hotel”
- 2016 – “American Horror Story: Roanoke”