Lady Gaga Details
An eccentric in the truest sense of the word, Lady Gaga has transcended the world of music and ascended to the status of someone who has truly had an impact on the world. Just how much of an impact? In 2011, Time magazine readers voted her as the second-most influential person of the past ten years. Much of that influence has been imparted in the form of activism. In 2011, Lady Gaga founded the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower youths to create a better, more positive world. It’s also, in part, an extension of the LGBT advocacy that she has unapologetically engaged in since the beginning of her career. She is also, it bears mentioning, a style icon. In a career full of memorable outfits, a dress made out of raw meat at the 2010 VMAs was particularly unforgettable.
Gaga’s debut studio album, The Fame, combined with its deluxe edition, The Fame Monster, sold over 15 million copies worldwide behind a seemingly endless supply of smash singles, including “Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance.” In 2011, her follow-up Born This Way launched its title track into the pantheon of American individuality anthems, selling six million copies along the way. After 2013’s Artpop, it would be three years before she would release another album. That album finally came in October 2016 in the form of Joanne, a back-to-basics project that earned critical acclaim for her emphasis on thoughtful songwriting and her powerful, stripped-down vocals.