She is a mix of Sicilian and French-Canadian ancestry. She began playing the piano when she was four years old, wrote her first ballad at thirteen, and performed at open mike nights at fourteen. In high school, she was active in musical theater.
After she graduated from high school, Lady Gage attended New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts. But when she was 19, she withdrew from school to focus on her music career. I thought I could teach myself about art better than the school could (Elle magazine). As she said, I left my entire family, got the cheapest apartment I could find, and ate shit until somebody would listen.
As Lady Gaga played in bars, her band grew a small fan following. Through the grapevine, a talent agent discovered her and she worked on songs with music producer Rob Fusari, who helped her create the moniker Gaga. Disappointment followed as she was signed by Def Jam only to be dropped three months later. But from her rejection, Lady Gaga found her voice and she re-created her on-stage persona with the help of a performance artist.
Lady Gaga finished her album The Fame and supported it by performing in gay clubs. It later exploded and was nominated for Album of the Year.
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Lady Gaga is recognized as much for her music as she is her flamboyant style. She has become one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and she has won five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. I write about what I know: sex, pornography, art, fame, obsession, drugs and alcohol. She admitted on the Howard Stern Show, I think that I was lonely and there was something about [cocaine] that made me feel I had a friend. I did it all alone in my apartment, while I wrote music. And I regret every line I ever did. So to any of the little sweethearts who are listening, dont touch it. Its the devil.
Lady Gaga told People she dyed her hair blonde after an interviewer confused her with Amy Winehouse. I want to be known for my own look.
Lady Gaga released her second album Born This Way.
In 2012, Forbes reported she earned $52 million in the last year alone. And she isnt just about music. She launched her very own social network, Little Monsters.com.
Lady Gaga is a strong advocate for the LGBT community. She lives in Brooklyn and has said of L.A., I dont like L.A. Its just not fun. I dont know why, but I just dont get it. You have to drive to get anywhere, and when it rains everybody freaks out.
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