Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Manhattan, Gaga initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays and studied at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career. After leaving a rock band, participating in the Lower East Side's avant garde performance art circuit, and being dropped from a contract with Def Jam Recordings, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. There, Akon noticed her vocal abilities and helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own KonLive Distribution. Gaga rose to prominence with her debut album The Fame, a critical and commercial success which produced global chart-topping singles such as "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster, was met with similar reception and released the successful singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Alejandro".
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Thank you to everyone on Reddit for your amazing questions, the laughs, and interesting insight. I appreciate your passion. Have a beautiful, peaceful day. And monsters. ROCK-ON, or JAZZ-ON... :) - gagaloo
Don't forget to pick up your copy of "Cheek To Cheek" My jazz album with the legendary Mr. Tony Bennett!
I'm an Italian-American from New York City. Born a musician, classical pianist, music lover, and jazz singer since I was 13, I'm here to talk about my many life experiences and connect as much as possible with new fans and Little Monsters.
Victoria is helping me get started today. AMAA.
If you were the coach of the New England Patriots, what would you do to address their offensive struggles so far this year?
I'll leave that in the hands of the sports experts..wish I could phone a friend on this one. Too bad Taylor (my football fan-expert bf) is at work.
How does one go about acquiring a meat dress?
A butcher and some fishing line. But there was a message behind that dress. I wore it attending the VMA'S with gay discharged soldiers from the military to make a statement. When we die, the meat on our bones bears no sexuality, no difference. We should not discriminate against those willing to give their life to protect Americans. Because when our lives are taken, we are meat all the same.
I'm a heavy metal dude and you're my guilty pleasure music when nobody is watching.
What's music do you like that is strange or out of character to you?
Im actually also a metal dudette, worked at a metal bar for years, and was a go-go dancer at rockn'roll clubs. Last night when i got my tattoo of the monster paw, I was listening to Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC, Judas Priest. And then other times I listen to Sigur Ros and nature sounds: like birds, water, and such.
But on other nights, i like to slug whisky and scream Bruce Springsteen and Garth Brooks with my dad in the bar at his restaurant. I have a lot of different sides to my personality, but even MORE different sides musically.
In Bang Bang, you changed one lyric to
>“Not for me, no church bells rang”
I sometimes change small lyrics in the standards, to make them more personal to me. I thought of my ex-lover, he married someone else. "Not for me, no church bells rang."
What's it like to have a genus of ferns named after you?
its pretty cool, especially since its it is a-sexual fern, there are 19 species contained within the genus. All sexless, judgeless, How cool. How I wish to be.
Hey Gaga, thanks for doing this.
First off, you're beautifully talented and amazing. My question is, do you remember the very moment you actually stopped yourself for a moment, looked around, and thought "yep, I've finally made it"? Where were you/what were you doing when that occurred?
Second question: What's your favorite sandwich condiment?
I have that moment almost everyday, I go in and out of what seems to be a dream sequence. Some moments I forget i've become a successful artist at all (when i'm working away writing songs) then other times I pinch myself. Because I couldn't be more humbled to be where I am today. FAVORITE SANDWICH CONDIMENT: mayo
Ms. Gaga, ma'am, now we gotta know your favorite metal song
BLACK SABBATH By. BLACK SABBATH I Need to write a song called "LADY GAGA" its the most metal thing you can do!
Hi Gaga! :) We all know you're a good classical trained pianist. What classical music piece do you like the most?
I love Mendelssohn's "Songs without words" book. This was the first time I realized classical music it the genesis of pop. The chord changes, the time signatures. It just had no lyrics yet. This inspired me to write poetry in line with these pieces.
Hi Lady Gaga! What's a hobby that you're into that most of your fans don't know about?
i'm really into healing, meditation, and helping to take care of those around me. When I'm not working I'm really a traditional italian girl at heart. I like to cook, keep everyone in a peaceful place, and reflect on the ways I can spread love with every invention.
I also like to shoot beer cans off the porch in PA with my bf, off our camo 4-wheeler. There's a lot you don't know! What a loaded question!!! <3
You were raised in a Catholic family. You also said they were your support. What do they think of your LBGT activism? How are the relations with them now?
I grew up Catholic, but we always had a very open and loving family. When I was young they never discriminate against the many gay friends I had from Theatre and dance school. Now they are more passionate than ever about LGBT rights and work day and night on my charity The Born This Way Foundation.
Hello Lady Gaga! Thanks for doing an AMA.
Out of all the tattoos you have, which one has the most sentimental value to you and why?
My favorite tattoo is the one I got last night in Hamburg, its the Monster Paw, the symbol of my fans as they have held their paws high in the crowd every night since we became a community. I cherish it for its meaning, the loyalty, devotion, and strength we share. I wanted it engraved on me forever, <3
do you invent your melodies yourself?
yes always, I've written all my songs, sometimes in collaboration with producers. But the melodies and the lyrics, these are my speciality. I LOVE WRITING SONGS, its like breathing fresh air!
Do you watch anime?
I do! In fact I had "Hatsune Miku" a digital popstar 3d singing-hologram (anime inspired) artist open for me on the artRave!
If you could have lunch with anyone who has ever existed who would that personn be??
Hi Gaga :)
The ‘deviation’ from pop to jazz has been really interesting for many like me who have never been exposed to this music previously. Are there any other musical genres that you would like to take explore in the future?
I was in a classic rock cover band at the same time I was in jazz band in highschool and doing jazz state competitions. We were called 'Mackin' Pulsifer' I have a real passion for Robert Plants vocals, Led Zeppelin was a huge inspiration for me. Im certain that side of my musicianship will seep through the pores of music in the future.
Who wins an arm wrestle.. you or Tony Bennett?
Tony, he's got the biggest balls in the business, as quoted by Frank Sinatra.
Loved your cameo in Sin City.
Any plans on making more movie appearances in the future?
Yes! I'm just getting started. Looking forward to taking some time to write music and investigate new projects!
Hey, whats your opinion on cheap noodles?
nothing like Ramen, its saved many a starving lower east side nights!
Hello Gaga, thanks for doing this AMA!
I recently bought Cheek to Cheek and you and Tony Bennett have rekindled my love for Jazz. I love the renditions and both of you sound absolutely phenomenal.
I have a few questions:
1. How are you today?
2. What was the most difficult song to record on the album?
3. Will you be releasing your original composition 'Paradise' in the future? I would love to hear it.
Thank you! I hope you're having a great day :)
I am wonderful today how are you?! I'm loving my new tattoo!
Recording "Lush Life" was difficult for me, not so much vocally as mentally and emotionally. It is autobiographical for me those lyrics. But Tony told me to use that pain to make the performance honest.
I'm still finishing Paradise. It would be my first released jazz composition so I wanted to make it perfect!