As a team led by female singing piano players, we hold Lady Gaga in high regard as one of our weirdo heroes. She earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike for her explosive halftime show at Super Bowl LI in Houston last night. In honor of her performance, here are some interesting tidbits that even the most dedicated of Little Monsters might not know about Mother Monster.
P.S. Bonus fact: In case you were wondering, this keyboard guitar thing is fittingly called a "keytar." And before you ask, yes, we do play keytar, and yes, it is awesome.
1. Her path to pop stardom was begun at an early age.
Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the future Grammy and Golden Globe winner started playing piano when she was 4 years old and composed her first songs at the ripe old age of 13.
2. Her famous alias was inspired by another legendary name in music.
Lady Gaga has been recognized not only for her spectacular and theatrical persona and performances but also for her true musicianship and expertise at her singing and songwriting craft. She shares these qualities with iconic rock ‘n’ rollers Queen whose arena anthem Radio Gaga sparked the idea for her stage name.
3. She is well on her way to EGOT status.
As we alluded to above, Gaga has six Grammys under her belt. But you might not know she has also been nominated for two Emmys and an Academy Award, bringing her ever so close to earning membership into the elite group of artists (like fellow female stars Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, and Whoopi Goldberg) who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. She has been recognized by a staggering SEVENTY-SEVEN awards organizations and shows no signs of slowing down. Keeping in mind our next fact, it seems likely that EGOT prestige awaits Lady Gaga. Next stop: Broadway!
4. Singing was not her primary career goal.
In her Golden Globe acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Limited Series for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel, Gaga shared that she “wanted to be an actress before [she] wanted to be a singer, but singing worked out first.” Her record deal, signed with Interscope on her 20th birthday, may have preempted her achievements as an actress, but her big Golden Globe win certainly cemented her standing as a successful multihyphenate artist. Look for her next season on American Horror Story: Roanoke.
5. She went to high school with two other fair-haired female stars.
Lady Gaga attended Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in New York City at the same time as celebrity sisters Paris and Nicky Hilton.
6. She has written songs for several other pop icons.
The Pussycat Dolls, Jennifer Lopez, New Kids on the Block, and Fergie have all recorded Lady Gaga’s compositions. “Telephone,” her duet with Beyoncé, was originally written for Britney Spears for her album Circus but it was eventually dropped. Luckily that story has a happy ending.
7. Her sister is also going places in showbiz.
One of Lady Gaga’s claims to fame is her outrageous style, and she just so happens to have a family connection in the fashion world. Her sister Natali Germanotta attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and has even designed some of her famous showstopping looks.
8. She has plenty of ink, but only on one side of her body.
Lady Gaga loves tattoos; she has twenty of them to date, to be exact. However, all of her ink is confined to the left side of her body, which she refers to as her “Iggy Pop side.” At her father’s request she has maintained a “slightly normal” image on her right side, the “Marilyn Monroe side.” Fellow icons David Bowie and John Lennon and her aforementioned family members have served as inspiration for her some of her pieces. One scripted passage pays tribute to her cathartic songwriting passion, a quote from Bohemian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, translated: “In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spears its roots the answer and ask yourself: must I write?”
And with that, we bid you adieu until our next blog post. Peace!