Lady Gaga is an American Pop Singer, songwriter, as well as actress. Lady Gaga is the first recording artist in history to have three singles sell over four million copies each online. She is popular for her image reinventions and musical versatility.
Table of Biography
Birth Facts and Education
Lady Gaga was born on March 28, 1986, in New York City, New York, USA. She is 35 years old and is under the astrological sign, Aries. She holds American nationality and her real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
Her mother’s name is Cynthia Louise Bissett and her father’s name is Anthony Germanotta. She also has a younger sister and her name is Natali Germanotta. Gaga was born to an upper-middle-class Catholic family. And, both of her parents have Italian ancestry, and she also has more distant French-Canadian roots. Likewise, her mother is a philanthropist and business executive, and Internet entrepreneur. She and her sister were brought up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Regarding her educational background and qualifications, she attended a Roman-Catholic institution, “Convent of the Sacred Heart” when she was eleven years old. She was a good student who excelled both in academics as well as extra-curricular activities. Likewise, her first tryst with music was when she was four years old and was introduced to the piano.
And, Gaga was barely thirteen years old, she had even penned her first ballad tailored for the piano. Moreover, she attended the renowned New York University’s “Tisch School for The Arts” after graduating from school. Because the institution encouraged music by offering training classes in musical theatre. But, she discontinued her studies just a year after joining the institution.
Career and Professional Life
Lady Gaga was performing at open mike nights in clubs and bars when she was just 14 years old. She sharpened her songwriting skills at the university and also composed essays as well as analytical papers on art, religion, social issues, and politics. And, when she was 19 years old, she withdrew from her studies and moved out of her parent’s home so that she could pursue a musical career. At that time, she began a band that was able to gain local attention. Likewise, after a brief partnership with talent scout Rob Fusari, she signed to Def Jam Records in the year 2006. But she dropped from the label after just three months.
She then returned home and became increasingly experimental. During this time, she was able to meet the performance artist Lady Starlight. Gaga then signed to Streamline Records which is an imprint of Interscope Records. After that, she subsequently struck a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV. This resulted in her being hired to write songs for Britney Spears and labelmates New Kids on the Block, Fergie, as well as the Pussycat Dolls. She also was recognized for her vocal abilities and Akon convinced Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman and CEO Jimmy Iovine to form a joint deal by having her also sign with his own label Kon Live and this made her his “franchise player”.
In the year 2008, she was able to release her first album ‘The Fame’ to lukewarm radio play. She even was able to tour around Europe and in gay clubs in the US to promote the album. However, she got the breakthrough when she released ‘Just Dance’ which became her first hit. This made her popular and known by many people. After that, Gaga was able to gain numerous awards and nominations for a string of hits. Her next album, The Fame Monster released in the year 2009 and was able to win multiple awards, spawning her most iconic single ‘Bad Romance’ as well as ‘Telephone’ and ‘Alejandro’.
More About Career
Lady Gaga’s second tour, The Monster Ball, became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time and the highest-grossing for a debut headlining artist. Then, in the year 2011, she was able to release her second full-length album ‘Born this Way’. The album received vastly more critically than her previous two for touching on themes of politics, sexuality, and religion. The album was able to receive 3 Grammy Award nominations, including her third consecutive for Album of the Year. The tour lasted 2 years and the singer had to sing to every continent of the globe.
Unfortunately, in February 2012 the tour was abruptly canceled because she had a labral tear in her right hip which she had been nursing secretly for several weeks in the hopes that she would be able to continue the tour. If the tour had continued then this tour would have been the most successful, most grossed, and most sold outs concerts of all time. It would have likely put at more than $200 million gross, easily in the top 20 tours of all time and probably in the top 15, according to Billboard.
Furthermore, she wrote her third album, ARTPOP, released in the year 2013. She then made her acting debut in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills in the same year, the sequel to his 2010 film Machete. Gaga also was able to appear in Rodriguez’s sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in the year2014. She also starred with Bradley Cooper in the year 2018. She then received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the role.
Influences and More
Lady Gaga was a huge fan of Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Blondie, and Garbage. They are the ones who influenced her to become a singer. Likewise, she has experimented with new ideas and images throughout her career regarding musical styles and themes as well. Also, her music videos are often described as short films because of constant costume changes and provocative visuals.
Moreover, Gaga launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) which is a non-profit organization that focuses on youth empowerment in the year 2012.
She has been able to win twelve Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, three Brit Awards, sixteen Guinness World Records, and the inaugural Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award. She also was able to receive a National Arts Awards’ Young Artist Award, which honors individuals who have shown accomplishments and leadership early in their career, the Jane Ortner Artist Award from the Grammy Museum, and a National Board of Review Award for Best Actress.
Likewise, Gaga has also been recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the Fashion Icon award. And, in the year 2019, she was able to become the first woman to win an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Then, at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, she was honored with the inaugural Tricon Award representing achievement in three (or more) fields of entertainment.
The music producer Rob Fusari claimed that he and Lady Gaga were in a relationship during her days of struggle. She started dating actor Taylor Kinney in the year 2011. The couple engaged in February 2015 but eventually called the wedding off in July 2016. She then dated a talent agent Christian Carino in the year 2018 but the two split in the year 2019. In the year 2020, she was in a relationship with Michael Polansky who is an entrepreneur.
Moreover, Lady Gaga is bisexual. She actively supports LGBT rights worldwide and attributes much of her early success as a mainstream artist to her gay fans and is a gay icon.
Lady Gaga has a height of 5 feet 2 inches and her weight is 53 Kg. Gaga’s other body measurements such as her chest size, waist size, and hip size, are 36-26-37 inches respectively. Moreover, Stefani has blonde hair and greenish-brown eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Lady Gaga is pretty active on all of her social accounts. She has garnered 49.6 million followers on Instagram and 83.7 million followers on Twitter. Likewise, she has mustered 55 million followers on Facebook and 20.6 million subscribers on Youtube.
According to celebritynetworth, Lady Gaga has a net worth of $320 million and her main income source is her singing career.