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Lady Gaga Facts

Lady Gaga was and still is a vital force in music and now movies in the world. In the aughts or noughties, as the years of 2000 to 2009, it was Lady Gaga that stormed the music scene with her unique sound and very one-of-a-kind style and stage show.

Lady Gaga is still young as she is 38 years old. Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 and not even 40 yet, but still considered an experienced entertainment industry icon already.

Lady Gaga is a well known singer and songwriter, actress, philanthropist, fashion icon, and societal cultural influence in the United States. Since her career exploded and started in 2008, Lady Gaga is well known all around especially as a fashion icon.

In music, acting, and especially fashion Lady Gaga is well known for breaking and pushing boundaries. Gaga is well known for expressing herself through her bold and avant garde style.

Let’s learn more about Lady Gaga below!

1. Lady Gaga is a stage name and has controversial origins

Lady Gaga is a stage name

Lady Gaga's name is not real. Her real or official name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She is Italian American as her name clearly shows, but her public name is quite different.

Her well known stage name originated with her music producer, Robert Fusari. Apparently, told her that she reminded him of the famous Queen song “Radio Ga Ga.” However, this story has been debated and even led to a court case as the former producer wanted royalties for inspiring the name, Lady Gaga.

The backstory of the name Lady Gaga is interesting and not as well known as it should be overall. Because her  stage name comes from Queen's song “Radio Ga Ga,” which clearly echoes the same sound of her name. Lady Gaga’s is nothing like her real name, which is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

Lady Gaga also had various other nicknames such as Gagaloo, Loopy, Mother Monster, Rabbit Teeth, and Little Mermaid. So, clearly she is fond of nicknames in general. However, today the name Lady Gaga is so strong and iconic that her name is listed as Lady Gaga in movie credits.

2. Lady Gaga is very proud of her Italian ancestry

Italian ancestry

Lady Gaga takes every chance she can to announce and proclaim she has Italian roots. However, Lady Gaga is not an Italian citizen because she was born in New York in the United States.

The central thing is that Lady Gaga identifies as an Italian American often. Why?  Because both of her parents originate from Italy. She takes deep and passionate pride in her Italian roots. Moreover, Lady Gaga always clearly enjoys talking about her heritage during interviews and talk show appearances.

Furthermore, Lady Gaga has maintained her respect and love for Italy alive in many ways. Through her clear love of fashion, Gaga has been associated with various brands from Italy like Gucci. Lady Gaga even starred as a main actress in the Gucci movie mainly set in Milan, Italy.

Her love for Italy shows in many ways culturally, artistically, musically, and more. Also, Lady Gaga also loves cooking Italian food as a hobby. More importantly, Lady Gaga’s father owns an Italian restaurant in New York called Joanne Trattoria.

3. Unlike most popular artists today, Lady Gaga has musical training

Lady Gaga has musical training

Many popular artists are not trained or classically trained musicians. However, Lady Gaga is one of the few who has had the training and musical education. This really separates Lady Gaga from most other artists. As a child, she took piano lessons that gave her the necessary foundation to write her own songs. Also, Gaga took part in a Creative Arts Camp in her youth, which helped her draw closer to music.

Lady Gaga took the time to study music at an early age. By the time she was only 17 years old, Gaga was able to study and take music seriously as a student at New York University. This is where she began to study her craft and begin her musical journey as to what she is today.

Moreover, she was able to become a skilled musician when she attended New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Lady Gaga, known at the time as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, studied at Tisch School of the Arts. She was most intent on learning musical and performance skills.

Lastly, Gaga was such a dedicated and curious student she did more than just study music at Tisch. There are reports that even Gaga may have written a thesis on artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst.

4. Lady Gaga made history as a musician and an actress

Lady Gaga made history as a musician

Lady Gaga is an innovative pioneer that made history because she is the first woman to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe in one year!

Clearly, Lady Gaga has had an illustrious career as a musical artist, performer, and actress. She is unique in this regard for a lot of reasons. Why? Because Gaga was the first ever to be nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Song in the same year, which is astounding.

Lady Gaga has had astounding success in the music and movie market. Gaga was the leading actress and star of the movie, A Star Is Born. She was nominated and won in the best actress category in 2018. Moreover,  the song she performed in the movie, “Shallow,” was a massive success that got a lot of praise. Gaga did this song as a duet with Bradley Cooper and a collaboration with Mark Ronson.

When Lady Gaga won her Oscar she definitely proved to be the greatest chameleon and all around talent of her generation. Winning best original song in the Golden Globes as well as song in the movie, A Star is Born proved Gaga was a very successful and respected actress and singer.

5. Lady Gaga writes music and popular songs for other artists

Lady Gaga writes music and popular songs for other artists

Lady Gaga not only makes her own music and more but she writes music for other people as well. In summary, Gaga has written songs for popular artists even before she was signed as an artist herself.

When Gaga was only 19, she was able to get work and be signed by Def Jam Records. She did not work there long but Lady Gaga worked hard to be a songwriter and producer behind the scenes. She eventually worked for Interscope records and co-wrote or wrote songs for artists as varied and popular as Britney Spears, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, The Pussycat Dolls, and New Kids on the Block.

Before Lady Gaga became a household name and her popularity was huge she was a songwriter. Her songwriting and music credits are listed under her real name, Stefani Germanotta. In the past, Gaga worked for Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a songwriter. Today, Gaga has earned a very unique reputation and critical acclaim with longtime collaborator RedOne, also known as Nadir Khayat.

6. Lady Gaga is famous for her unique and striking fashion and style

Lady Gaga unique and striking fashion and style

Lady Gaga is well known for her music and now acting. However, she is also known for her incredibly unique fashion and style. Perhaps being Italian by ancestry, fashion and art is in her veins and soul. Also, because Lady Gaga is well known for at one time wearing meat dresses or outrageous and stunning headpieces in her own way.

When Lady Gaga began her career she had a tendency for a sweet pop style mixed with her tiny gothic bodysuits. Also, Gaga is known for her wild wigs, cool and unique sunglasses and her love for platform heels. Gaga has made her fashion and stunning and one-of-a-kind clothing be part of her image on stage and in videos as a singer.

Her most bold fashion statement was her meat dress. Lady Gaga in 2010, put on and showed off a dress to the MTV Video Music Awards made completely out of raw beef. The dress was designed by Franc Fernandez and styled by Nicola Formichetti. The dress was so controversial it was protested by animal rights groups. But, American magazine Time named this dress by Lady Gaga as the top fashion statement of that year.

Also, when Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States,  she wore a bulletproof dress made by Schiaparelli Haute Couture.

7. Lady Gaga is a world renowned actress and as well artist songwriter

Lady Gaga is a world renowned actress

Many people know only Lady Gaga as a singer, but also a greatly respected actress. Outside of her very successful music career, Lady Gaga is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. In 2024, Lady Gaga will be in the new Joker movie, which will increase her profile even more as a celebrity actress.

In the past,  Lady Gaga has appeared in various films like “A Star is Born” and “American Horror Story: Hotel. Her past movies have meant that Gaga has earned critical acclaim for her performances especially in the movie adaptation of the Italian luxury brand, “Gucci.”

Her role in the Gucci movie was so successful, she was considered for an Oscar for playing the role of Patrizia Reggiani, the former wife of Maurizio Gucci.

Moreover, Lady Gaga even received a guest spot on The Simpsons. Lady Gaga even was in an episode of the popular show and acted as herself as well! She has acted in various roles before from popular shows like the Sopranos to lesser known things like an uncredited acting appearance, as an alien in the hit movie Men in Black 3.

8. Lady Gaga is also an advocate for rights and gender equality

Lady Gaga is also an advocate for rights

Lady Gaga through her music has fought for women and breaking down boundaries of how they are represented. Through her music career, Gaga has proven she can expand and bring her roles in various places. In 2010, she was at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. to promote and push for equal rights for the gay community as well.

Overall, Gaga is a pioneer in change especially as a pop singer songwriter. She has made a point to be vocal about rights for women and men to be free to express themselves. Lady Gaga wants to make and push for voices that might not get heard.

Furthermore, Lady Gaga fought for and supported members of the military in the United States, who had been discharged because they were openly gay. Clearly, LBTGQ rights are important for Lady Gaga.

In general, Lady Gaga has shown support for Trans Rights. She has taken her songs like ‘Born This Way' to bring them into the world of equality and advocacy for every maligned person. In terms of this song and other things, Lady Gaga has tried to expose femininity as a sham as she said in her own words.

9. Lady Gaga has is a record breaking artists comparable to Madonna

Lady Gaga and Madonna

Gaga has one of the most Viewed Wikipedia Pages for a celebrity outside of Barack Obama or Micheal Jackson. Clearly, the success of Lady Gaga can not be overlooked because by the time she released her first single she was breaking records. But, one of her records, before Taylor Swift toured recently,  was her Monster Ball Tour early on.

Gaga’s early tour was one of the highest grossing concert tours of all time for many years until another record was broken by Taylor SwiftStill today, Lady Gaga has one of the biggest concert tours of all time in music. Gaga’s tour grossed over 230 million dollars and helped solidify and spawn her fans called Little Monsters.

An early Gaga song has the record for most downloaded female artist in a year with 11.1 million downloads in the USA alone.  For example, Lady Gaga’s first single “Just Dance” reached the top of Billboard’s charts. This early single of Gaga would at one point sell close to ten million copies worldwide.

Finally, other recent records include that Gaga has the most MTV Music Video Awards nominations in one year! As well, most importantly Lady Gaga is the first female artist to get three 10 Million plus selling singles, which is amazing.

10. Lady Gaga loves French Bulldogs

Lady Gaga loves French Bulldogs

Lady Gaga, like many people, loves dogs, especially her French bulldogs. She owns French bulldogs that she cutely  refers to as her three little piggies. Until only recently, Gaga would post and share photos of her French bulldogs on Instagram. However, in 2021, things took a big change.

Lady Gaga may be well known for the kidnapping of her French bulldog in 2021.

Gaga’s two French bulldogs were violently taken and kidnapped from her dog walker. Fortunately, her dog walker recovered and her dogs were returned safely.

Lastly, Lady Gaga loves her French dogs so much she offered a $500,000 USD reward to anyone willing to help with recovering and returning her dogs. Her dogs are named Asia, Koji, and Gustav.