Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer whose works under the stage name Lady Gaga.
Gaga was born in Manhattan, New York, on March 28, 1986.
Her father, an entrepreneur, is of Italian descent, while her mother has European and French-Canadian ancestry. As a child, Lady Gaga was able to play the piano and sing. By the age of 14, she was performing in clubs, bars, and open mike nights in New York. A few years later she was granted early acceptance to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She improved her skills as a songwriter before dropping out at the age of 19 to pursue her musical career.
She was signed to Def Jam records in 2006, but the contract was dropped within three months. This failure caused Gaga to develop a stage persona. She became fascinated with neo-burlesque shows and go-go dancing.
After performing at Lollapalooza Festival in 2007, she was signed to Streamline Records by Vince Herbert. She soon struck a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV, and wrote songs for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, and New Kids on the Block. Singer-songwriter Akon was the first to recognize her vocal abilities and
Her first album, The Fame received little attention when it was first released in 2008. However, when the single “Just Dance” became a hit on the airways, album sales picked up and Lady Gaga became a music scene sensation.
Since her debut, she has received dozens of nominations and awards for pop hits, including “LoveGame,” “Poker Face,” and “Paparazzi.” She released an EP called The Fame Monster, which was released in 2009 and also featured subsequent hits, including “Bad Romance.” After several highly successful international tours, she released Born This Way in 2011. The album went on to sell 1.11 million copies within its first week. A labral tear in Lady Gaga’s right hip forced her to cancel a number of shows on the Born This Way tour.
She released another album, ARTPOP in 2013, and went on to make her silver screen debut in Machete Kills (2013) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014). In 2015, she starred in the fifth season of American Horror Story: Hotel, later receiving a Golden Globe award for her performance. She recently confirmed that she will act in the sixth season, as well.