Pop superstar Lady Gaga has enjoyed massive popularity as well as critique during her meteoric rise to international stardom. Her songs have sold millions of copies and topped charts worldwide, winning her 11 Grammy Awards and two Golden Globes, as well as an Oscar. We look at her career so far.
Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, she started playing the piano at the age of four, and by 13 she was performing at local open-mic nights. At 17, she gained an early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21 at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She dropped out during the second semester to focus on her career.
In 2005, she recorded two songs with hip-hop artist Grandmaster Melle Mel. In the same year, she formed a band with some of her former university friends and named it SGBand, short for Stefani Germanotta Band. She met music producer Rob Fusari in 2006 and started working with him. She also adopted a new name – Lady Gaga.
She suffered an early setback in her career when she was dropped within three months of being signed with Island Def Jam Recordings. Dejected, Gaga started experimenting and during this period, she met performance artist Lady Starlight, who helped mold Gaga’s onstage persona. The duo’s performance at the 2007 Lollapalooza Festival (pictured) was a massive success.
Following the Lollapalooza success, Gaga started working with Streamline Records as well as writing songs for Sony/ATV. During this association, she wrote songs for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and Pussycat Dolls.
(Pictured) Performing at the Open Air Summer Concert Series on May 15, 2008.
In 2008, she came out with her first studio album “The Fame.” The album’s lead single “Just Dance” topped international charts, making her a name to reckon with worldwide. Another song from the album, “Poker Face,” won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2010.
The album was lauded by critics and went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. It stayed on top of the Dance/Electronic Albums chart for 106 non-consecutive weeks.
(Pictured) At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Jan. 31, 2010.
She released an EP in 2009 titled “The Fame Monster.” It won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards (pictured).
The singer came to be associated with not just strong vocals but also powerful and explicit videos. “Alejandro,” a single from “The Fame Monster,” is one such example. The song received much criticism for its dark imagery. The year 2010 also saw her dominating the awards scene, winning eight out of 13 nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards. Seven of these wins were for the track “Bad Romance.”
In 2011, riding on the success of her second worldwide tour “The Monster Ball,” Lady Gaga released her second studio album “Born This Way,” which sold over over 1,108,000 copies in the first week.
By 2011, she had established herself as one of the most quirky music icons the industry had seen. She lived up to the hype and created a stir when she appeared fused with a motorcycle for the cover of the album “Born This Way.”
She kicked off the “Born This Way” tour in South Korea in April 2012. An injury in her right hip, however, forced her to cancel the tour midway. The North American leg of the tour could not be completed and the money collected by ticket sales was refunded.
In 2013, Gaga came out with her third studio album, “Artpop.” The album received mixed reviews from critics and sales were lukewarm, too, with just 258,000 copies sold in its first week.
A year later, she collaborated with jazz singer Tony Bennett (pictured) for the album “Cheek to Cheek.” It debuted at number-one spot on the Billboard 200 and won a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. After “Born This Way” and “Artpop,” this was the third No.1 for Gaga.
In 2015, Gaga joined the cast of the TV show “American Horror Story” in its fifth season called “American Horror Story: Hotel.” She was also named 2015’s Woman of the Year by Billboard.
Gaga’s role of an evil hotel owner on “American Horror Story” fetched her the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (pictured).
In 2015, she paired with songwriter Diane Warren (pictured) and contributed the original song “Till It Happens to You” for the documentary movie “The Hunting Ground.” The song fetched the songstress her first Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.
At the Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015, as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of 1965 American musical drama film “The Sound of Music,” Gaga paid homage by singing a medley from the film. At the end, she was joined by Julie Andrews (pictured), who played the lead role of Maria von Trapp in the film.
She also kicked off Super Bowl 50 by delivering a riveting performance of the U.S. national anthem on Feb. 7, 2016.
Later that year, in October, she released her fifth studio album “Joanne,” which topped the charts in the U.S., and became her fourth platinum album. On Nov. 30, the singer performed at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris, France, and sang a new single, “Million Reasons,” from her album “Joanne.”
Gaga was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic disease that causes immense muscle pain, during the “Joanne” World Tour in 2017 and had to cancel the remainder of the tour. Speaking to Vogue during her cover interview for the October 2018 issue, she said, “I get so irritated with people who don’t believe fibromyalgia is real. For me, and I think for many others, it’s really a cyclone of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder, all of which sends the nervous system into overdrive, and then you have nerve pain as a result.”
(Pictured) Performs during the “Joanne” tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Dec. 18, 2017.
In 2018, she was seen sharing screen space with Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut “A Star Is Born.” Gaga won the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures for the song “Shallow” and also received a Best Actress nomination. She also earned two Golden Globe nominations – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Original Song – Motion Picture. She won the latter for “Shallow.” At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, “Shallow” was awarded Best Pop/Duo Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Gaga began her concert residency called “Enigma” in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Dec. 28, 2018.
Her own vegan and cruelty-free beauty products line, Haus Laboratories, was launched in late 2019.
Her sixth studio album, “Chromatica” will drop on May 29, 2020. Ahead of the launch of the album, she released two singles – “Stupid Love” and “Rain on me.” The latter was in collaboration with Ariana Grande.
The FBI is reportedly investigating if there were political motives behind the dognapping of Lady Gaga’s bulldogs after she sang at President Joe Biden’s inauguration last month.
The pop superstar is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of her French Bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, who were stolen at gunpoint from the singer’s dogwalker in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) who are investigating the case are understood to be working with FBI agents who specialise in kidnappings, as reported by The Sun.
A source familiar with the incident told the newspaper: “Lady Gaga is high profile of course but she sang at President Biden’s inauguration which takes this case to another level.
“The FBI wants to know exactly what motivated this incident.”
Gaga, who was in Rome filming a movie when the dogs were stolen, has not commented personally on the theft.
However, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that two French Bulldogs were stolen from a 30-year-old man, later identified as Ryan Fischer, on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood Wednesday night.
The man, who has been identified as the singer’s dogwalker, was shot with a semi-automatic handgun and remains in critical condition, the LAPD said. A third dog, Miss Asia, escaped and was later recovered.
Shocking footage obtained by celebrity gossip website TMZ reportedly showed the moment Mr Fischer was ambushed outside his home as he walked with the dogs on Wednesday evening.
Video captured by the doorbell camera of a nearby home shows a white sedan pulling up next to the dog walker and two men in dark clothing getting out.
One of the men can be heard saying “give it up” then shortly after a struggle the walker is heard repeatedly screaming: “Oh my God! I’ve been shot!”
He cries “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding out from my chest!” as someone runs out of the house to help him and police cars pull up moments later.
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The flat-faced dogs, which can sometimes be sold for several thousand dollars each, have long been a target of thieves because they are expensive and difficult to breed, said Brandi Hunter, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club.
It recommends owners refrain from posting pictures of their Frenchies on social media, particularly if the photos include identifying information about where the owners live.
A source close to LadyGaga said the singer was urging anyone who has the dogs to contact [email protected] to return her pets and claim the reward, no questions asked.
An FBI spokesperson told The Sun: “While the Bureau provides resources if/where requested to our local partners, I would refer you to LAPD for comment as they are leading this investigation.”
The Independent has contacted the LAPD for comment.
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