Lady Gaga: A “Different” Music Icon

“Poker Face”, “Bad Romance”, “Applause” and many more chartbuster hits have came from the beautiful and one of a kind singer, Lady Gaga. She has earned huge success and name worldwide by her singing talent and for her fashion, live performances and self empowering messages. But this was not at all a cakewalk for her. Let’s walk through her journey so far.


Lady Gaga was born on March 28th 1986 in New York. Her real life name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Her parents are Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta. She did her schooling from a private Catholic school in Yonkers but her interest was in music from the very start. At 4, she learned to play piano. She continued learning music and gave her first live performance at 14, in a NY night club. She later got admission in New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, which she dropped later to pursue her musical interests and make a career in it. In the meantime, she worked on three different jobs to meet the daily needs. She accepted that though she was a studious student, but she always felt like she didn’t fit in.

From Debut To Success:

Lady Gaga was initially signed by Def Jam Records, but things could not work out and she was dropped soon. She performed in a few clubs in NY and later she was found by Streamline Record’s executive Vincent Herbert, whom she considers as her discoverer. Later she signed a deal with Sony ATV Publishing and wrote songs for stars like Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls etc. That was the time when Akon spotted and signed her under his label “Kon Live”.

She got her commercial success with her debut album, “The Fame” released on August 19th 2008. Its single “Just Dance” was an overnight success and earned her first Grammy Award Nomination. Her next song “Poker Face” was even bigger success that topped the charts and went on to win the Grammy Award for best Dance number. The album itself won numerous nominations, awards and rave reviews.

Her next success was “Bad Romance” from her next album “The Fame Monster” and made her abovementioned three singles cross the digital sales over 4 million. The first artist in digital music’s history to do so! Bad Romance topped the charts again and won her Grammy for best Pop Vocal performance.

She has not looked back since then. She has been performing worldwide and every year her albums and singles like “Born This Way”, “Artpop”, “Cheek To Cheek” etc are topping the charts and making new records.

Activism, Fashion and Controversies:

Lady Gaga’s fashion sense is a little unique and has received polarized reviews. Sometimes called inspired by others, she has received acclaims for her dresses too. She has been bold and always messages about self respect and self empowerment. Though a part of media has called her as an image imposter. She is a philanthropist who regularly works for noble cause and donate for relief funds. She has also started “Born This Way Foundation” for anti-bullying, self-empowerment, mentoring and career development.

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