Lady Gaga is a force to be reckoned with in almost everything she puts her mind to: boundless to any genre, a fashion rule-breaker, Golden Globe winning actress and a trailblazer in standing up for the LGBTQ+ community.

A big statement, we know! But one that is utterly deserved and true for the lady dubbed Queen of Pop.

Fame with The Fame!

It was back in 2008 that Lady Gaga soared to international success with her debut album The Fame, including a whole host of pop bangers like “Just Dance”, “Bad Romance” and “Alejandro”. Not forgetting of course, the iconic “Poker Face”. The song about Gaga’s bisexuality received critical acclaim for its almost robotic chorus! It went on to become the best-selling single of 2009, and one of the best-selling songs of all time. With the legacy that The Fame has left in its wake, we couldn’t possibly leave one of these tunes from our syllaus, so you can find “Poker Face” in our Vocals Grade 2 books. There’s no doubt that you’ll have fun with this one!

It’s true that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta never let us believe she would be a one hit wonder! From very early on in her career it was clear that her talents extended far beyond a single genre. Across her six studio albums to date, Gaga has dipped her musical toe in some electronic dance influences, jazz inspired sounds, techno-pop, electronic-rock, and even some country vibes too. Her ability to reinvent her sound over and over again is truly spectacular to watch - it’s no wonder there are so many ‘Little Monsters’ in the world!

An Acting Sensation

Gaga would also turn her hand to some acting jobs, and in the true spirit of her career so far, she made an incredible success of this too. Winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her part in American Horror Story was not only an incredible feat on its own, but also meant that Lady Gaga was the first woman in history to win an Academy, Grammy, BAFTA and Golden Globe all in the SAME. YEAR.

Alongside Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga bagged a leading role in the fourth filmed version of the musical, A Star Is Born. The single “Shallow” from the soundtrack went on to be enormously popular, and is now Gaga’s most streamed track on Spotify, with OVER 1.3 billion streams. Yep, you read that right.

Legacy!

But despite all her musical success stories, the part of Gaga that is most beloved to so many is her dedication to her activism in the field of LGBTQ+ rights. Being a bisexual woman herself, she started the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 (named after her record breaking single “Born This Way”, of course!), a not-for-profit organisation with the simple goal to “make the world kinder and braver”. It goes without saying that the organisation has been influential in the lives of so many young people and their mental health. Go Gaga!

With so many more incredible career moments, we couldn’t possibly do Lady Gaga justice in one blog. We’ve had some outrageous fashion choices (who remembers the meat dress?!), involvement in countless campaigns, and music videos that can only be described as short films, and it’s clear that our Gaga’s legacy will continue to thrive for generations to come. All hail the Mother Monster!

Be sure to catch up on the previous entries into our Artists in Focus series, including the wonderful Weather Report and Corinne Bailey Rae.