Pop phenomenon Lady Gaga turns 36

Berlin (AP) – Lady Gaga likes to present herself in public with provocative performances and flashy costumes. She’s posed in a raw meat dress and hatched from an egg on the red carpet.

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But the musician also proves her versatile artistic talent and meanwhile celebrates her worldwide successes not only on stage but also on the screen. Today (March 28) the musician turns 36.

Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, was born in New York in 1986. She attended a Catholic school for girls and taught herself to play the piano at an early age. At the age of 14 she took part in “open mic sessions” in various New York clubs for the first time to prove her talent there.

Three years later, she was admitted to study music at the renowned “Tisch School of the Arts”, despite being too young. Eventually, before her 20th birthday, she signed a contract and wrote songs for other pop stars like the Pussycat Dolls and Britney Spears.

Not an easy career start

The early years of her music career were also marked by setbacks and financial problems. She tried, now as Lady Gaga, to make a name for herself in the clubs of New York with electronic dance music, which she spiced up with glam rock and disco-pop: “I learned how to survive as a musician and how to stay true to yourself – and how to deal with setbacks. And then I learned who I want to be as a singer and performer,” she said of her early years. The artist borrowed the stage name from Queen’s classic “Radio Ga Ga”.

Became famous with “The Fame”.

With the release of her debut album “The Fame” in 2008, Lady Gaga suddenly became a world star. Her first record went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide. The first two singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” were also commercial successes. She also celebrated great success with her next albums “Born This Way” and “Artpop” and was awarded numerous prizes.

For her 2014 album “Cheek to Cheek” she collaborated with jazz singer Tony Bennet – together they reinterpreted jazz classics and standards both as a duet and solo. With the record they reached number one on the Billboard charts and Lady Gaga captivated with her artistic versatility.

In 2016 she released her album “Joanne”, with which she once again took a different musical path than with her first albums. She dispensed with the garish, almost ironic effects of eurodance and electronic rock that had contributed to her fame. She relied all the more on it with her sixth studio album “Chromatica”, which was released in 2020. In 2021 the second album collaboration (“Love for Sale”) by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett was released.

Big hits on screen too

In 2017, Netflix released the documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which shows her creating her album Joanne, battling chronic pain from fibromyalgia, and preparing for her 2017 Super Bowl halftime performance are shown.

In October 2018, Lady Gaga starred alongside Bradley Cooper in her debut film, A Star Is Born. For the soundtrack of the same name, she produced the songs together with Cooper. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the film and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. At the US Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, she was honored along with Glenn Close as the best leading actress. At the 76th Golden Globes, the soundtrack song “Shallow”, sung by Lady Gaga and Cooper, won in the category “Best Movie Song”.

In “House of Gucci” (2021), the story about the iconic fashion house in the 1970s to 1990s, Lady Gaga slipped into the role of Patrizia Reggiani – despite intensive preparation for the role, this time she received no Oscar nominations.

The artist not only uses her fame for herself and her art: she is an active supporter of the rights of the LGBTQ community. Tolerance and acceptance are a life theme for the artist. She lovingly calls her fans “little monsters”, also to show: Being different is okay, you are not alone.