When did Lady Gaga make it big

How the girl Stefani became Lady Gaga

When Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was a child, she preferred to sing hits by Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper. At the age of 13 she was already writing her first piano ballad and before her 20th birthday she was finally signing her first record deal. This is how Stefani becomes the pop phenomenon Lady Gaga.

Stefanie was born on March 28, 1986 to Italian-American parents in New York. Her father Joseph works as an internet entrepreneur, her mother Cynthia Bissett in a telecommunications company. Germanotta does not come from a wealthy family, but she can still attend the Catholic girls' school Convent of the Sacred Heart. Even in high school, she played leading musical roles such as Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" and Philia in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".

Education and musical career

At the age of 17 she studied music at the "Tisch School of the Arts" at New York University.
By writing essays and analytical texts, with a focus on topics such as art, religion, social affairs and politics, she can continue her education in songwriting. Lady Gaga is leaving the university in the fourth semester to concentrate on her musical career. At the age of 18 she moved out of her parents' house. Because her parents don't want to support her financially, she works as a go-go girl during this time. Her drug use at the time even resulted in her father temporarily breaking off contact with her.

Stefani becomes Lady Gaga

When Stefani comes to the recording studio during this time, her music producer Rob Fusari always starts singing “Radio Ga Ga” from the band Queen instead of saying hello. When he made a mistake when typing text messages and instead of “Radio Ga Ga” converted “Radio” into “Lady” through the autocorrection, Stefanie replied: “That's it.” The artist name Lady Gaga has been found.

The first musical steps

Lady Gaga started playing the piano as a child and composed her first songs as a teenager. She made her first appearances in the rock, but above all in the camp and queer scene in the Lower East Side, where she can be seen in the opening act for glam and garage rock bands such as "Semi Precious Weapons" . At the age of 19, Lady Gaga signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings, which was then terminated after only three months. When she met the music producer RedOne shortly afterwards, she composed the song "Boys Boys Boys" with him.

2008 to 2010: International breakthrough with "The Fame"

Lady Gaga moves to Los Angeles in 2008 and completes her debut album "The Fame", which will be released in August 2008. The album reached number two in the USA and number one in six other countries, making it a global success, as were the two single releases "Just Dance" and "Poker Face".

Lady Gaga goes on tour for the first time in the opening act of the boy group “New Kids on the Block”. In 2009 she goes on a big tour for the first time with her "The Fame Ball" show.
In November 2009 the Extended Play (a kind of special form of a single) “The Fame Monster” with eight new songs will be released. The first single "Bad Romance" reached number one in eighteen countries. It is digitally downloaded over four million times. This makes Lady Gaga the first singer to sell three singles - Just Dance, Poker Face and Bad Romance - digitally over four million times in the USA. The second release, "Telephone" - a collaboration with Beyoncé Knowles - becomes the fourth number one hit in the UK. The subsequent “The Monster Ball” tour includes around 200 concerts worldwide.

2011: record, nominations, prizes and a Bambi

A few hours after the release of the “Born This Way” single from the album of the same name on February 11, 2011, the song is number one on various download portals and has conquered the iTunes charts in all 23 countries. The song “Born This Way” is the first song that makes it to number one in the German singles charts only through downloads and within two years it is Lady Gaga's fourth number one hit in Germany.
For “Born This Way” she also received two prizes at the Europe Music Awards, including one for the best song. In total, Lady Gaga even won a total of four prizes that evening.
Lady Gaga's music videos have been viewed over a billion times on YouTube. No other musician succeeded in doing this before.

In May 2011 Lady Gaga was in the "Top 20" with four singles (Born This Way, Judas, The Edge of Glory and Hair) at the same time, setting a record in Great Britain.
Only the solo artist Ruby Murray was able to do this in 1955.
In June 2011 Lady Gaga is doing a promotion tour for her new album in Germany and will appear in the finale of the casting show "Germany’s Next Top Model" in Cologne.
In November 2011 she performed live at the MTV Europe Music Awards, where she was nominated for six prizes and won four of them. With the title “Marry the Night” in a live version, she appears at the Bambi Awards 2011 and receives the Bambi in the “Pop International” category from Karl Lagerfeld.
Income of more than 25 million in 2011 secured Lady Gaga fourth place among the most financially successful musicians worldwide.

2012 to 2013: namesake and film debut

In April 2012 in Seoul she will start her next tour: “The Born This Way Ball” in Seoul, over 100 shows will follow worldwide.
Even a genus of ferns (comprising 19 species) was named after Lady Gaga in 2012, including the species names Gaga germanotta (allusion to the family name) and Gaga monstraparva (Gaga's little monster).
In 2013 she also made her acting debut in Robert Rodriguez ’film" Machete Kills "in the role of La Chameleón.


So far, Lady Gaga has won five Grammys in her career and has been nominated twelve times.
At the MTV Video Music Awards, she has already won a total of 13 awards with 31 nominations, 17 Billboard Music Awards, 8 MTV Europe Music Awards and 3 BRIT Awards, as well as numerous other prizes. In 2010 she was also one of the most influential people in the world according to the "Times" list.

Grammy Awards

  • 2010: Best Dance Recording - Poker Face (Single)
  • 2010: Best Electronic / Dance Album - The Fame (Album)
  • 2011: Best Pop Vocal Album - The Fame Monster (Album)
  • 2011: Best Female Vocal Pop Performance - Bad Romance (Single)
  • 2011: Best Short Forum Music Video - Bad Romance (Single)


  • 2001: The Sopranos (The Sopranos, TV series
  • 2009: The Gospel of Mark for Little Children (short film)
  • 2010: Lady Gaga: Born for Fame (documentary)
  • 2012: Men in Black 3 (cameo as Alien)
  • 2012: The Simpsons (The Simpsons, TV series, speaking role)
  • 2013: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden (concert film)
  • 2013: Lady Gaga: iTunes Festival (2013) (concert film)
  • 2013: Machete Kills