Lady Gaga has always made a spectacle of herself. Be it with her bizarre eye-popping outfits or her impressive live performances.
Below are 30 interesting facts highlighting Lady Gaga’s road to success:
1. Lady Gaga was born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986.
2. She lived with her parents, Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr., an Internet entrepreneur and Cynthia Louise, a Verizon executive in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
3. Her nicknames include GaGa, Mother Monster, Gagaloo, Loopy and Little Mermaid. The inspiration for her name Lady Gaga came from the song “Radio Gaga” by Queen.
4. Lady Gaga taught herself to play piano by ear at age of four. She wrote her first ballad at the age of thirteen and began performing at local mic nights at fourteen.
5. Lady Gaga graduated form Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York. She has openly spoken about getting bullied in high school.
6. When she made it to the Vogue cover, Gaga tweeted, “They used to call me ‘rabbit teeth’ in school and now I’m a real live VOGUE BEAUTY QUEEN.”
7. Lady Gaga was accepted into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was one of the 20 students to receive the honor of early acceptance in the world.
8. She withdrew from University at the age of nineteen to focus on her music career.
9. Her first shot to fame was in 2005. Gaga recorded two songs with hip hop artist Grandmaster Melle Mel for a children’s audio book The Portal in the Park.
10. Gaga started a band called Stefani Germanotta Band in September 2005 with friends from her former university. SGB played gigs in bars across New York.
11. She was a part of a duo with Lady starlight. They were called Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue.
12. In 2007, she began working with Interscope Records. She worked as a songwriter for other artists on the label such as Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls.
13. R&B singer Akon noticed Gaga’s vocal talents while working at Interscope. Akon then signed Gaga for his own label Kon Live.
14. Lady Gaga became a household name after the release of ‘Just Dance’ which became one of the world’s best-selling singles.
15. In 2009, she released ‘The Fame Master’ which was an extension of her previous album ‘The Fame’. Tracks such as ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone’ went on to become chartbusters.
16. Telephone, the hit collaboration between Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles was originally written for Britney Spears.
17. In 2010, Lady Gaga was ranked as the second most powerful musician in the world.
18. Gaga released her second album ‘Born This Way’ in 2011. The album sold more than one million copies in the US on its fifth day.
19. Lady Gaga has been commended for her Sound Of Music tribute at The Oscars 2015. Iconic actress Julie Andrews commenting on Lady Gaga’s performance told People Magazine that,“she hit it out of the ballpark.”
20. Lady Gaga has been rehearsing with Don Lawrence since she was 11. She trained with her vocal coach every day for 2 months before her stellar Sound of Music tribute at The Oscars.
21. Lady Gaga is credited for one of “the most important innovations in the fragrance industry in the last 20 years,” by Yael Tuil, vice president at Coty. When Gaga was working on her first fragrance, ‘Fame’ she wanted the liquid to be black in the bottle and clear when it sprayed. Scientists developed the potion and Coty now has a patent pending for the black-to-clear liquid technology.
22. Lady Gaga often carries a purple teacup and saucer in public. “I drank tea with my mom, [so teacups] make me feel at home,” she told People.
23. Lady Gaga revealed that a majority of her fan base comes from the gay community.
24. Her favorite record is Let’s dance by David Bowie.
25. Lady Gaga colored her hair blonde after she was confused for Amy Winehouse by a journalist. She told People magazine, “’I want to be known for my own look.”
26. The costumes worn during the Monster’s Ball tour left Lady Gaga $3 million in debt.
27. E! Network invited 121 women dressed in similar costumes worn by Lady Gaga in her videos, red carpet appearances and live performances. Together, they set the Guinness World record for the largest gathering of Lady Gaga impersonators.
28. Her famous meat dress weighed 50 lbs. Peter Cacioppo, a butcher at Ottomanelli Brothers on New York’s Upper East Side, analyzed the outfit and said: “There are no expensive cuts here, no real steaks. The best you’ve got is the flank steak on top of her head.” Gaga said the dress “had a sweet smell”.
29. Gaga used a wheelchair made of 24-karat gold when she was recovering from her hip surgery.
30. Lady Gaga is a survivor of sexual assault. She gave a riveting performance of “Til It Happens to You” at The Oscar Awards this year. The performance ended with a group of sexual assault survivors joining Gaga on stage with the words “Not Your Fault” written on their arms. The performance earned a standing ovation from the crowd.
Throughout her career, Lady Gaga has challenged the ideals of fashion and music. She has definitely outdone herself as a fantastic musician and pop diva.
We expect more wonders from you Lady Gaga!
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Manasa Boggaram is a writer and has a strong passion for music, positive news and constructive journalism. When she is not researching story ideas or writing blog posts, she spends her time reading books, discovering new music and eating lots of street food.