Stefani Joan Angelina Germanotta or ostentatiously known as Lady Gaga is a singer, philanthropist, fashion designer, actress, and songwriter. Gaga has five record-breaking albums and numerous chart-topping singles to her name. Gaga was also presented with a Woman of the Year Award in 2013, by the Glamour Magazine. Gaga has sold 27 million albums and more than 146 singles, worldwide. Gaga is also the recipient of 12 Guinness World Records, Fashion Icon Lifetime Achievement Award, a Contemporary Icon Award, and Six Grammy Awards. Gaga was also presented with a Golden Globe Award for her role in the horror series, American Horror Story: Hotel. Gaga was born to parents, Joseph Germanotta and Cynthia Louise, in Manhattan. Gaga pursued her education at the Convent of Sacred Heart,
. Right from the age of four, Gaga could hymn tunes and play the piano. Gaga has publically stated that she was bullied during her school days for her appearance and eccentricity.
This also resulted in Gaga assigning the title “Born This Way” to one of her albums. At the age of 14, Gaga used to perform at various open mike clubs as well as bars, and she also wrote her first piano ballad at that time. She also performed in various school productions and stage plays such as “Guys and Dolls” and “A Funny Way Happened on the Way to the Forum.” In the year 2001, Gaga also made a brief appearance in an episode of the popular television series, Sopranos. Later on, Gaga also pursued the art of method acting for nearly ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Taking into account her background, Gaga got selected at an early age to the Collaborative Arts Project 21 in New York. Unfortunately, to pursue a career in music, Gaga dropped out of college and started a local band which went by the name, “Stefani Germanotta Band.”
In 2006 Stefani Germanotta was given the stage name of Lady Gaga by a talent manager and scout, Rob Fusari, who signed her to the recording studio Def Jam Records. Sadly, just after three months, Gaga was dropped from the music label, which placed her in a depressed state and led her to her drugs. During this stage, Gaga also experimented a lot, such as involving herself in neo-burlesque shows. 2007 saw her meet the performance artist, Lady Starlight, who helped Gaga with her on-stage personality. Subsequently, Gaga also signed a recording deal with the record company, Streamline Records, with the help of Vince Herbert. Because of her strong background in music and songwriting, Gaga was offered a deal by Sony/ATV Music Publishing and was asked to pen lyrics for artists and bands such as
, Pussycat Dolls, and Fergie. Soon, the hip-hop artist, Akon, recognized Gaga’s vocal potentials, and asked the Chairman of Interscope Records to sign Gaga as his “franchise player.” In the year 2008, Lady Gaga released “The Fame,” which was her debut album.
and Poker Face, from that album, was the subject of widespread critical acclamation and was also well received by the audience, which catapulted Gaga’s career into stardom. The 52nd Grammy Awards saw the song, Poker Face presented with a Best Dance Recording Award, and Gaga received another Grammy for “Best Dance/Electronica Album.”
The following year saw Gaga release an EP titled “The Fame Monster,” which consisted of various record-breaking singles like Paparazzi, Telephone, and Alejandro. In 2011, Gaga grossed nearly $228 million, for her Monster Ball Tour, which lasted for more than a year. 2011 also saw Gaga release “Born This Way,” her second full-length album, which sold more than a million copies within just a week of its release in the United States. For “Born This Way,” Gaga received 3 Grammy Award nominations and sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. The March of 2012 also saw Gaga in the number four position of Billboard’s top grosser of 2011, earning roughly over $2 billion. In the same year, Gaga injured her thigh on a tour of Korea and had to cut short the trip. The following years also saw Gaga release the albums “Artpop” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Gaga has to her name, 6 Grammy Awards, 13 MTV Music Video Awards, and has also sold more than 27 million albums, worldwide. Besides her music career, Gaga has also acted in movies such as Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,
Muppets Most Wanted
, and in the television series, American Horror Story.