Childhood & Early Life
Gaga was born to Joseph Anthony Germanotta Jr and Cynthia Louise, in Manhattan, on March 28, 1986. She was originally christened Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, by her parents.
Stefani was admitted to a Roman-Catholic institution named ‘Convent of the Sacred Heart’ when she was eleven years old. Apparently, the girl was a good student who excelled both in Academics as well as extra-curricular activities.
Her first tryst with music at the age of four, when she was introduced to the piano. When she was barely thirteen years old, Stefani had even penned her first ballad tailored for the piano.
She moved to the renowned ‘New York University’s ‘Tisch School for The Arts’ after graduating from school, since the institution encouraged music by offering training classes in musical theatre. However, she discontinued her studies just a year after joining the institution.
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After taking a sabbatical from college in 2005, Stefani decided to try her luck to get a break in the music industry. She first collaborated with American hip-hop artiste Melvin Grover on an audio book project aimed at children.
She even formed a band named ‘SG Band’ the same year, for which she joined hands with a few friends like Alex Beckmann and Eli Silvermann, who were also students of the ‘New York University’.
The band started making waves in New York, after it started performing at various nightclubs around the city, such as the ‘Mercury Lounge’ and ‘The Bitter End’. Their gigs earned ‘SG Band’ quite a few fans and they soon grabbed the attention of a music producer named Joe Vulpis, with whom the band worked for a brief period in 2005.
The band’s talent was noticed by a musician named Wendy Starland in 2006. This man even introduced Stefani to a music producer named Rob Fusari at around the same time. Rob wanted to form a new band altogether with a lead female vocalist.
She started shuttling between New York and New Jersey quite often from then on, in a bid to record new songs which she had written for Fusari. Apparently, its Rob who gave her the name Gaga, inspired by the famous song ‘Radio Ga ga’.
The singer and the producer even entered into business and started a firm named ‘Team Lovechild’. Together, they produced some unusual pieces of music, mainly belonging to the Synthpop genre.
The tracks received accolades from the music fraternity and soon, many opportunities came knocking at Gaga’s door. One of them being the offer from the American record label, ‘Def Jam Recordings’, who wanted to experiment by bringing out an album using this singer’s voice.
Unfortunately, Gaga’s relationship with the record label ended within a short period, after which she started working with a label named ‘Interscope Records’, in 2007. The young singer worked mainly as a lyricist and penned a few songs for the celebrity singers associated with the label. A few of these eminent people include Britney Spears and ‘The Pussycat Dolls’.
The record label ‘RedOne’ gave Gaga her much needed career break in 2008, through the single ‘Just Dance’. The song went on to become well-acclaimed by both critics and music lovers. It also became popular in discotheques and nightclubs, thus, Gaga’s music dream finally took wings.
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2009 saw the release of ‘The Fame Monster’, which was more like an extension of her earlier album ‘The Fame’. The tracks of this album went on to become chartbusters, especially ‘Bad Romance’, which took the radio and the world of internet by storm.
After tasting success with her earlier ventures, Gaga returned with her second official music album in 2011, titled ‘Born This Way’. The same year she also staged a concert titled ‘Monster Ball’, which was held at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The singer had earned approximately $220 million through the tour.
In 2012, Gaga travelled to South Korea for another musical tour titled ‘Born This Way Ball’. Eventually 110 shows were staged under this name and helped Gaga reached the peak of her career.
Even while she was busy with the ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour, this singer released her third album titled ‘Artpop’ in 2013 and sold approximately 2,60,000 copies at the time of its release. The album became really popular for its singles such as ‘Do What U Want’ and ‘Applause’.
The singer tried experimenting with jazz after her third album and even collaborated with the American singer Tony Bennett for the same. The result was the 2014 album titled ‘Cheek to Cheek’.
If sources are to be believed, the celebrity singer would be releasing her next album in 2015.
Awards and Achievements
In 2010, Gaga bagged the prestigious ‘Grammy’ award for her album ‘The Fame’ in the ‘Best Electronic/Dance Album’. She was also nominated in the ‘Record of the Year’ and the ‘Song of the Year’ categories at the same ceremony.
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He became a recipient of the ‘Bambi’ award in 2011 and was even nominated for a ‘Primetime Emmy’ the same year for her venture ‘The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden’.
She received yet another ‘Grammy’ in 2015 for her album ‘Cheek to Cheek’, which was nominated in the ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album’ category.
She was nominated for a ‘Kids Choice Music Award’ on three occasions in the ‘Favourite Female Singer’ category.
Personal Life & Legacy
Music producer Rob Fusari had apparently claimed that he and Lady Gaga were in a relationship during her days of struggle. It’s also believed that the two decided to part ways in 2007. Later speculations about her relationship with the drummer of a metal band had also surfaced.
During the early days of her career, Gaga was addicted to drugs and alcohol, which also became a cause of serious worry for her father.
Gaga was one among the 25 singers who was a part of the ‘We are the World 25’ initiative to raise funds for the victims of the 2010 earthquake which shattered Haiti.
She even started an initiative called ‘Born This Way Foundation’ in 2012 to help shape the personalities and careers of youngsters.
The singer also raises her voice to advocate the right of people belonging to the ‘LGBT Community’ and has also emerged as a crusader of such individuals.