Lady Gaga

  • Born

    Lady Gaga born March 28, 1986
  • Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga
  • Piano

    Gaga learned to play the piano by the age of 4
  • Italian American

    Italian American
    Lady Gaga born in Yonkers, New York, her parents originate from Italy
  • Childhood

  • Gaga playing the piano

    Gaga playing the piano
  • Girl

  • First education

    First education
    At the age of 11, she was accepted to the Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead attended a private Catholic school in the city
  • First piano ballad

    First piano ballad
    She continued studying music and performing, writing her first piano ballad at the age of 13
  • First Perfomance

    First Perfomance
    She held her first performance in a New York nightclub at the age of 14
  • High Education

    High Education
    A few years later, Gaga was granted early admission to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts—she was one of only 20 students in the world to receive the honor of early acceptance. While there, she studied music and worked on her songwriting skills
  • Creative inspiration

    Creative inspiration
    She later withdrew from school to find creative inspiration. To make ends meet, she took three jobs, including a stint as a gogo dancer, while she honed her performance-art act.
  • Fist Sign

    In 2005, Lady Gaga was briefly signed by Def Jam Records, but was dropped just months later. Being dropped by the label propelled the singer to perform on her own in clubs and venues on New York City's Lower East Side. There, she collaborated with several rock bands, and began her experimentation with fashion
  • Gaga

    Lady Gaga (the inspiration for her name came from the Queen song "Radio Ga-Ga")
  • Debut Album: 'The Fame'

    Debut Album: 'The Fame'
    In 2007, at the age of 20, Gaga began work at Interscope Records as a songwriter for other artists on the label, including Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and The Pussycat Dolls. R&B singer Akon discovered Gaga while she was performing a burlesque show that she created, called "Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue." Impressed, Akon signed the performer to his label under the Interscope umbrella, Kon Live. Through 2007 and 2008, Gaga wrote and recorded her debut album, The Fame.
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    "The Fame" Era

  • "The fame" Album Songs

    "The fame" Album Songs
    Just Dance (con Colby O' Donis )
    Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
    Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)
    Poker Face
    The Fame
    Money Honey
    Again Again
    Boys Boys Boys
    Brown Eyes
    I Like It Rough (Bonus Track)
  • Just Dance

    Just Dance
    Lady Gaga's debut single, "Just Dance," was released to radio in early 2008, and received both popular and commercial acclaim. The song was then nominated for a Grammy Award (for best dance recording) in 2008. The song lost to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," but this didn't keep Gaga from reaching No. 1 on the mainstream pop charts in January 2009.
  • Poker Face

    Poker Face
    The second single off The Fame, "Poker Face," earned Gaga even more success. The song topped singles charts in almost every category, and in almost every country. Both songs were produced by Akon's affiliate RedOne, who co-wrote most of Lady Gaga's album
  • Beautiful Dirty Rich

    Beautiful Dirty Rich
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    "The Fame Monster" Era

  • Album "The Fame Monster"

    Album "The Fame Monster"
    Later in 2008, Lady Gaga opened for the newly reformed New Kids on the Block. She also collaborated with them on the song "Big Girl Now" from the group's album The Block. The following year, Gaga released an album of eight songs
  • "The Fame Monster" Album Songs

    "The Fame Monster" Album Songs
    Bad Romance
    Dance in the Dark
    So Happy I Could Die
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    "Born This Way" Era

    Born This Way is the second studio album by American singer Lady Gaga, released by Interscope Records on May 23, 2011
  • Arpop

    In 2013, Lady Gaga released her third studio album, Artpop. The album didn't resonate as strongly with her audience as her previous works. Among the shake-ups in her inner circle, she and her manager parted ways.
  • Period: to

    "Artpop" Era

  • Working With Tony and Golden Globe

    Working With Tony and Golden Globe
    In 2014, she released an album of jazz duets with crooner Tony Bennett entitled Cheek to Cheek, which later won a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. In an interview with Parade, Lady Gaga said of her latest collaboration, “Working with Tony has reaffirmed everything I knew but that you start to forget when your life changes and it gets really noisy. For ­Tony, it’s all about great music.”
  • American Horror Story

    American Horror Story
    Later that year, Gaga also showed her gifts as an actress by co-starring in American Horror Story: Hotel, earning a Golden Globe for her portrayal of The Countess. At the ceremony, a visibly stunned and emotional Gaga acknowledged that acting was her first dream before she embraced music, and thanked her fellow cast members and producer Ryan Murphy for their support. Gaga returned to the show for its sixth season, playing a witch in American Horror Story: Roanoke.
  • Joanne

    In October 2016, Gaga released her fifth studio album, Joanne, her fourth album to reach No. 1 in the United States and top the charts in countries around the world. Partnering with producer Mark Ronson, Gaga tapped into her own life story for the album that is named after her aunt and father's sister, Joanne Germanotta, who died of lupus complications at the age of 19 before Gaga was born.
  • Super Bowl

    In 2016, Lady Gaga performed the national anthem at Super Bowl 50, and she returned the following year to headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show. She began her powerhouse performance on the roof of the NRG Stadium in Houston, singing parts of "God Bless America" and "This Land is Your Land" and reciting an excerpt of the pledge of allegiance before diving through the air suspended by wires to the stage. Her halftime show included a medley of her iconic songs
  • "A Star is Born"

    "A Star is Born"
    In 2016, it was announced that Gaga had been cast in a remake of A Star Is Born as Ally, a role previously inhabited by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. She was slated to co-star with Bradley Cooper, who was also making his directorial debut with the project.
  • Las Vegas Residency

    On December 19, 2017, Gaga announced via Instagram that she had signed on for a Las Vegas residency. The following August, she confirmed that she would begin her residency at MGM Resorts' Park Theater at the end of the year, performing two separate shows over 27 dates: Lady Gaga Enigma, a collection of her most popular songs, and Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano, which features stripped-down versions of her greatest hits as well as selections from the Great American Songbook.
  • 'Chromatica'

    With her sixth studio album, Chromatica, on the way, Gaga in February 2020 released the dance-worthy single "Stupid Love," her first new music in three years, along with a typically eye-catching video that showed her defeating the forces of evil with her "Kindness punks." Her follow-up single with Ariana Grande, "Rain on Me," dropped in late May, one week before the release of the well-received Chromatica.