Birthplace: New York, New York
Albums: The Fame (2008); The Fame Monster (2009); Born This Way (2011)
Awards: Billboard Music Awards 7; Grammy Awards 5; MTV Video Music Awards 13; Teen Choice Awards 3
Hits: "Just Dance", "Poker Face", "Paparazzi", "Bad Romance", "Telephone", "Alejandro", "Born This Way"
Other: Billboard ranked her the 73rd Artist of the 2000–10 decade.
Before acquiring her famous pseudonym, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta developed a love of music at a very young age, playing the piano at age four and composing at age thirteen. Performing came naturally, and in her early teens she sang at open-mike nights and played lead roles in school plays. She earned early admission to the prestigious Collaborative Arts Project 21 at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts at age seventeen.
There were some diversions on the road to fame. She left CAP21 to focus on her music career, and while finding some success, she did not manage to break out. It was during this period she decided on the name Lady Gaga. The story goes it was suggested by producer Rob Fusari, based on the song "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen. Now Lady Gaga, she was signed, then dropped a few months later by Def Jam Records in 2006.
After that setback, Lady Gaga focused on performing and refining the persona that is so well known today. She collaborated with a performance artist known as Lady Starlight while Fusari shopped her music. That work paid off, and a subsidiary of Interscope Records signed Gaga in 2007. She moved to LA to finish work on her first album: The Fame.
The Fame had a rocky start, but thanks to what were essentially "sleeper" hits ("Just Dance" and "Poker Face"), the album exploded, eventually going 3x Platinum in the US and reaching the top of the charts in Canada and the UK. It peaked at #2 in the US and earned 2 of her Grammys, including Best Electronic/Dance Album.
While touring in support of the album, Gaga wrote an EP called "The Fame Monster". This spawned three more hits, including "Bad Romance" and "Telephone," and put three more Grammys on her mantle in the process. Despite having only recently finished her first major concert tour, Lady Gaga returned to the road for the "The Monster Ball Tour." It would last over a year and become one of the highest grossing concert tours in history.
2011 brought Born This Way to the shelves and the top of the charts worldwide. Born This Way sold around 6 million albums a year and half since release and earned three Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.
Though Lady Gaga continues to branch out from music, the length of her tours suggests there's little doubt she's committed to performing in front of the crowd. She continues to write and produce new music, and fans (her "Little Monsters") continue to line up to see her shows.
The success of the music is only one element of Lady Gaga. The persona, the fashion, and a devotion to causes fuels her fame just as much as the music. Her tours aren't simple concerts, but elaborate theatrical performance pieces, sometimes controversial, but always entertaining. She can sell out the biggest venues, and makes for a must-see show whenever she's in town.
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Lady Gaga Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour's concert at the Tacoma Dome last Saturday, August 21st had a flamboyant and explosive entrance of Lady Gaga onto an extended stage of neon New York City street signs. Her operatic voice extended through out the dome. The concert included Lady Gaga's hits Just Dance, Beautiful, Dirty, Rich, Vanity, Boys, Boys, Boys, Speechless, Monster, Alejandro, Poker Face, Paparazzi and of course, her latest big hit, Bad Romance. Lady Gaga's fans were dressed in numerous exotic costumes. The fans attire created additional off-beat excitement that surrounded Lady Gaga. Overall, the concert was great audio and visual entertainment. It is highly recommended. I rate this concert a ten. August 26, 2010
WOW - What a show My husband gave me Lady Gaga tickets for Christmas. The show at Gwinett Center in Atlanta was FANTASTIC. The tickets he got from TicketCity were awesome. Almost on stage with her! She is such an artist. I have never stood throughout a concert and danced as much as we did this night. Pure brillance! I cant wait to see her again in the future. April 22, 2011
Worth It. Ive used ticketcity before when I went to see the red river shoot out in Dallas, and decided to use them again for Lady Gaga and again they've proven how awesome they are, great customer service, I got my tickets the very next day, and the concert its self was just amazing along with my great seats! For sure ill be using them again! Mother Monster was amazing wooo April 12, 2011
Gaga's great I'm not a huge fan of her music but her live show was great...great choreography, the arrangements are quite close to the recording, which I prefer personally. I recommend this show to those who are casual fans also. September 9, 2010