Lady Gaga performing on The Monster Ball Tour in 2010
Birth name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Born March 28, 1986 (age 26)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Pop, dance, electronic, rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, performance artist, record producer, musician, composer, pianist, actress, dancer, businesswoman, activistInstruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 2005–present
Def Jam, Cherrytree, Streamline, Kon Live, Interscope
Associated acts Lady Starlight, Beyoncé Knowles, Akon
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (/ˈstɛfəniː dʒərməˈnɒtə/ STE-fə-nee jər-mə-NOT-ə; born March 28, 1986), known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singerand songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, she primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She began performing in the rock music scene of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and was signed with Streamline Records by the end of 2007. During her employment as a songwriterfor the record company, her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon, who signed her to his label Kon Live Distribution.
Lady Gaga came to prominence as a recording artist following the release of her debut album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success that topped charts around the world and included the international number-one singles "Just Dance" and"Poker Face". After embarking on the The Fame Ball Tour, she followed the album with The Fame Monster (2009), which spawned the worldwide hit singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro". The Fame Monster's success allowed her to embark on the eighteen-month long Monster Ball Tour, which later became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Her most recent album Born This Way(2011) topped the charts of most major markets and generated more international chart-topping singles, including "Born This Way", "Judas" and "The Edge of Glory". Besides her musical career, she involves herself with humanitarian causes and LGBT activism.
Influenced by David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Queen, Lady Gaga is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to themusic industry through her fashion, performances and music videos. She has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time and her singles are some of the best selling worldwide. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga has consecutively appeared on Billboardmagazine's Artists of the Year (scoring the definitive title in 2010), ranked fourth in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, is regularly placed on lists composed by Forbes magazine and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. In 2012, Gaga was ranked at number four on Billboard's list of top moneymakers of 2011, grossing more than $25 million.
LADY GAGACAME TO PROMILADY GAGA CAME TO PROMINENCE FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF HER DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM THE FAME (2008), WHICH INCLUDED THE HITS "JUST DANCE," "POKER FACE," "BAD ROMANCE" AND SOLD OVER 15 MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE. THE ALBUM EARNED HER SIX GRAMMY NOMINATIONS AND TWO WINS AS WELL AS A SLEW OF OTHER AWARDS RECOGNITION, INCLUDING A RECORD SETTING THIRTEEN MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS. GAGA ISTHE FIRST ARTIST IN HISTORY TO CLAIM FOUR #1 HITS FROM A DEBUT ALBUM ("JUST DANCE," "POKER FACE," "LOVEGAME" AND "PAPARAZZI").
SHE IS ALSO THE ONLY ARTIST IN THE DIGITAL ERA TO TOP THE 5 MILLION SALES MARK WITH HER FIRST TWO HITS. GAGA BROKE THE RECORD WHEN HER SINGLE "POKER FACE" REACHED 5 MILLION IN SALES AFTER HER DEBUT SINGLE "JUST DANCE" ACCOMPLISHED THE SAME FEAT THE YEAR BEFORE. SHE HAS...