Lady Gaga

American singer, songwriter, and actress (born 1986)
Lady Gaga
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born 28 March 1986), primarily known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer-songwriter and performance artist.


I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be — and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.
The outlet for my work is not just the music and the videos, it's every breathing moment of my life. I'm always saying something about art and music and fame.
  • There can be a hundred people in the room and ninety nine don't believe in you and just one person believes in you and it can change everything.
    • Multiple interviews, [1]
  • She’s a nice girl – I just feel very honoured that she wanted to sing my song. I used to scream for her in Times Square and now I work for her. When I was 13 she was the most provocative performer of my time. I love her so much! Britney certainly doesn’t need any freakin’ tips from me! Britney Spears is the queen of pop. I was learning from her.
  • Take My Picture, Hollywood! I Wanna Be a Star!
    • 52nd Grammy Awards.
  • I'm not real. I'm theatre.
    • MTV VMAS 2011 as Jo Calderone.
  • God bless pop music and God bless MTV.
    • MTV Video Music Awards 2010.
  • I think that fashion and music go hand-in-hand, and they always should. It's the artist's job to create imagery that matches the music... I think they're very intertwined.
  • You listeners, the ones who found me first are, I believe, the future of great art thinkers. Because anyone that's found me now I really think is grabbing on to the ideas that I have, more than anything. It's about the music but it's also about the story. So thank you guys for loving and reading the story and being as into it and as passionate as I am.
  • I operate from a place of delusion-that’s what the Fame is all about... I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be - and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.
    • . "The Rise of Lady Gaga." by Brian Hiatt, in Rolling Stone (11 June 2009): 57-61.
  • You see, if I was a guy, and I was sitting here with a cigarette in my hand, grabbing my crotch and talking about how I make music because I like fast cars and fucking girls, you'd call me a rockstar. But when I do it in my music and in my videos, because I'm a female, because I make pop music, you're judgmental and you say that it is distracting... I'm just a rockstar.
  • Grace Jones said this to me when I met her. I washed her feet, and I looked up at her and she said, "No matter what you do in your life, don’t you ever let anybody take your creative people away from you." And what my creative friends always remind me of is they say, "Only value the opinion of those that you respect. And anyone that you don’t respect, pay no mind to their opinion about you or anything else." And that’s how I live my life. If I worried about everything that everyone said, I would not be a good artist.
  • That’s the most Warholian thing about what I do... I embrace pop culture. The very thing that everybody says is poisonous and ostentatious and shallow, it’s like my chemistry book... and I make what I believe to be art out of it.
  • I don’t consider my own clothing to be outrageous... The truth is that people just don’t have the same references that I do. To me it’s very beautiful and it’s art, and to them it’s outrageous and crazy.
  • Creativity for me is religious.
  • Fame for me is not external, it’s internal. So I’ve been famous for a long time.
  • I don't care what people think about me, I care what they think about themselves.
  • The whole point of what I do-the Monster Ball, the music, the performance art aspect of it-I want to create a space for my fans where they can feel free and where they can celebrate because I didn't fit in in high school and I felt like a freak. So I like to create this atmosphere for my fans where they feel like they have a freak in me to hang with and they don't feel alone.
  • Amidst all of these flashing lights I pray The Fame wont take my life.
    • Performing "Paparazzi" in MTV VMA'S '09.
  • I am a feminist. I reject wholeheartedly the way we are taught to perceive women. The beauty of women, how a woman should act or behave. Women are strong and fragile. Women are beautiful and ugly. We are soft-spoken and loud, all at once. There is something mind-controlling about the way we're taught to view women. My work, both visually and musically, is a rejection of all those things. And most importantly a quest.
    • SHOWstudio Interview. In Camera with Lady Gaga 30 May 2010. [2].
  • Everybody wants me to show my vagina to the world. And the truth is, I don’t have to.
    • Interview for Maxim Magazine.
  • It takes time to become myself every morning.
    • Interview for Billboard Magazine, February 2011.
  • She reinvents herself from album to album. I reinvent myself week to week. I get quite bored with things and I don't want to let down my fans.
  • People think I'm unusual but it's just that we haven't had anyone like this since the Seventies.
    • [4], May 30, 2009.
  • I've learned love is like a brick, you can build a house or sink a dead body.
    • Lyrics, Judas.
  • 'Judas' is a metaphor and an analogy about forgiveness and betrayal and things that haunt you in your life, and how I believe that it's the darkness in your life that ultimately shines and illuminates the greater light that you have upon you. … Someone once said to me, 'If you have no shadows then you're not standing in the light.' So the song is about washing the feet of both good and evil, and understanding and forgiving the demons from your past in order to move into the greatness of your future … I just like really aggressive metaphors — harder, thicker, darker — and my fans do as well. So it is a very challenging and aggressive metaphor, but it is a metaphor."
  • Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn't love you anymore.
    • Cosmopolitan (April 2010).
  • I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song and that he hoped I’d fail,[...] I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the f—ing deli without hearing or seeing me.
    • Cosmopolitan (April 2010). [5]
  • I refused to compromise and allow my talents to be monetized to the point that I don't want to be here anymore. I will quit if I am ever not allowed to be myself. I will be myself until they f—ing close the coffin, so that you can all be yourselves too.
    • SXSW Keynote (March 2014). [6]

The world goes crazy for Lady Gaga (2009)Edit

"The world goes crazy for Lady Gaga" by Fiona Sturges in The Independent (16 May 2009)
  • My real fans understand what it is I do, but on another level I have fans who just love my music and don’t know I write it and enjoy it shallowly — and that’s OK too. I think art and music should be just as powerful if you drink it shallow as if you drink it deep.
  • You know, I have such an appreciation for where I am in my life because I've struggled and because I couldn't get signed, and because I couldn't get played on the radio, … There are times when it can be a lot to deal with but always when I get up in the morning I try to find that very joyful place that reminds me that I would die if someone took it all away. If someone did that I wouldn't be a person anymore.
  • Right now the only thing that I am concerned with in my life is being an artist … I had to suppress it for so many years in high school because I was made fun of but now I'm completely insulated in my box of insanity and I can do whatever I like.
  • My ideas about fame and art are not brand new … We could watch Paris is Burning, we could read The Warhol Diaries, we could go to a party in New York in 1973 and these same things would be being talked about. I guess you could say that I'm a bit of a Warholian copycat. Some people say everything has been done before, and to an extent they are right. I think the trick is to honour your vision and reference and put together things that have never been put together before. I like to be unpredictable, and I think it's very unpredictable to promote pop music as a highbrow medium.
  • I don't want to see Bowie in a tracksuit. He never let anyone see him that way. The outlet for my work is not just the music and the videos, it's every breathing moment of my life. I'm always saying something about art and music and fame. That's why you don't ever catch me in sweatpants.
  • I have found that my work has to be both deep and shallow … All of my songs have meaning, all of my clothing has iconography buried into it. But by the same token, it's just as special if you look at it in its shallowest form. A quick moment of melody, a beautiful dress. People think, "Gaga's so sweet", or "Gaga sucks". The point is that it's memorable. For commercial art to be taken seriously as fine art is a very unusual and difficult task. I think that a lot of people don't get it and a lot of people don't know what to make of me. And, you know what? I'm OK with that.

Song lyricsEdit

The Fame (2008)Edit

  • I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be.
    A little gambling is fun when you're with me (I love it).
    Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun.
    And baby when it's love if it's not rough it isn't fun, fun.

The Fame Monster (2009)Edit

  • I want your love and I want your revenge
    You and me could write a bad romance
  • And I know that it's complicated
    But I'm a loser in love.
    So baby raise a glass to mend
    All the broken hearts
    Of all my wrecked up friends.

    I'll never talk again.
    Oh boy you've left me speechless.
    You've left me speechless, so speechless.

  • Just a second,
    It's my favorite song they're gonna play.
    And I cannot text you with
    A drink in my hand, eh.
    You shoulda made some plans with me,
    You knew that I was free.
    And now you won't stop calling me;
    I'm kinda busy.

Born This Way (2011)Edit

  • I'm gonna marry the night.
    I won't give up on my life.
    I'm a warrior queen,
    Live passionately tonight.

    I'm gonna marry the dark,
    Gonna make love to the stark.
    I'm a soldier to my own emptiness.
    I am a winner.

  • I'm beautiful in my way 'cause god makes no mistakes.
    I'm on the right track baby,
    I was born this way.
    Don't hide yourself in regret,
    Just love yourself and you're set.
    I'm on the right track baby, I was born this way.
  • When he comes to me, I am ready.
    I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs,
    Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain.
    Even after three times, he betrays me.
    I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down,
    A king with no crown, king with no crown.
    • Judas, written by Lady Gaga and RedOne
  • I've had enough, this is my prayer.
    That I'll die living just as free as my hair.
    • Hair, written by Lady Gaga and RedOne
  • When I'm on a mission, I rebuke my condition.
    If you're a strong female you don't need permission.
    • Scheiße, written by Lady Gaga and RedOne
  • (Something), something about this place
    (Something), something, ‘bout lonely nights
    And my lipstick on your face
    Something, something about
    My cool Nebraska guy.
    Yeah, there's something about
    Baby, you and I.
  • It's hard to feel the rush,
    To push the dangerous.
    I'm gonna run right to, to the edge with you,
    Where we can both fall over in love.

    I'm on the edge of glory,
    And I'm hanging on a moment of truth.
    Out on the edge of glory,
    And I'm hanging on a moment with you.

Artpop (2013)Edit

  • I wanna be the girl under you (oh yeah)
    I wanna be your G.U.Y (yeah)
    I wanna be the grave and unearth you (oh yeah)
    Our sexes tell us no lies.
  • I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong, to crash the critic saying
    Is it right or is it wrong?
    If only fame had an IV,
    Baby could I bear being away from you?
    I found the vein, put it in here.

Joanne (2016)Edit

  • Tryin' to get control,
    Pressure's takin' its toll.
    Stuck in the middle zone,
    I just want you alone.
    My guessing game is strong,
    Way too real to be wrong.
    Caught up in your show,
    Yeah, at least now I know.

    It wasn't love, it wasn't love,
    It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion).
    Mistaken for love, it wasn't love,
    It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion).
    You were a perfect illusion.

  • You're giving me a million reasons to let you go.
    You're giving me a million reasons to quit the show.
    You're givin' me a million reasons,
    Give me a million reasons,
    Givin' me a million reasons,
    About a million reasons.

    If I had a highway, I would run for the hills.
    If you could find a dry way, I'd forever be still.
    But you're giving me a million reasons,
    Give me a million reasons,
    Givin' me a million reasons,
    About a million reasons.

  • I've got a hundred million reasons to walk away,
    But baby, I just need one good one to stay.
    • Million Reasons

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