Lady Gaga is an Italian and French-Canadian New Yorker with downtown performance artist style who makes extremely danceable pop records. She is one of the biggest pop stars of the last decade, an LGBT icon, and a major touring force.
Gaga has ability to be outrageous one moment, and mainstream the next, with equal mastery and joy.
Lady Gaga was Born This Way
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born in the Upper East Side on March 28, 1986. She grew up in the Upper West Side.
As a teenager, she started hanging around the Lower East Side nightlife scene and started working with performance artist Lady Starlight.
There is no connection other than style, but Lady Gaga’s persona looks like she came out of the performance art world surrounding famed New York art dealer Jeffrey Deitch during those years. It’s a gender-bending, sometimes shocking style that makes meaningful social commentary like performance art.
Gaga is adored by the Gay community. She is an LGBT rights activist. Somehow Lady Gaga is part of the coming out of the LGBT community into mainstream acceptance that occurred in the last decade.
Lady Gaga Albums
The Fame and The Fame Monster
Gaga broke out with her debut album The Fame (2008). Its first two singles, Just Dance and Poker Face, became global hits.
The Fame was the best-selling album of 2009 and topped the Dance charts. It won Grammy Awards for “Album of the Year” and “Best Electronic/Dance Album.” Poker Face won “Best Dance Recording.”
The Fame was reissued as The Fame Monster (2009).
Gaga toured The Fame Ball Tour in 2009 and The Monster Ball Tour in 2009-2011.
Born This Way
The single Born This Way was released in February 2011. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the fastest selling single on iTunes.
The album was released in May and and earned three Grammy nominations.
Gaga toured the Born This Way Ball in 2012 and 2013.
Artpop was released in November 2013. Its singles were Applause and Do What U Want featuring R. Kelly.
Gaga toured the ArtRave: The Artpop Ball in 2014.
Cheek to Cheek
Cheek to Cheek is a Jazz album that Gaga made with fellow Italian-American New Yorker Tony Bennett. It went #1 on the Billboard 200 and won a Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.”
Gaga toured the Cheek to Cheek Tour with Tony Bennett in 2014-2015.
Gaga released Joanne in October 2016. It’s singles are Perfect Illusion and Million Reasons. The album explores family themes and is dedicated to her Aunt Joanne. Stylistically, Joanne relies more on Gaga’s voice than her image.
Joanne hit #1 in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
Gaga is touring the Joanne Tour in 2017.
Her performance of the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in February 2017 earned an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Special Class Program.”
Lady Gaga in New York City
Gaga plays Citi Field in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens on Monday-Tuesday, August 28-29, 2017 at 8:30pm. $86 – $593+
Lady Gaga is nominated for the 60th Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 7:30 – 11 pm.