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Monday, May 23, 2016

ABOUT LADY GAGA - How Born This Way Changed One Little Monster's Life

How Born This Way Changed One Little Monster's Life:

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It would be fair to call Zach Solomon, an actor in his early 20s living in Queens, a Lady Gaga super-fan. He has "little monster" tattooed across his rib cage. He's seen her in concert six times (and each time he dressed in a Gaga-esque costume). Though, make no mistake, Solomon's fandom has always been rooted in something deeper than an affection for her danceable beats.

"The great thing about Gaga was that she gave me a newfound sense of confidence in my non-heteronormative identity," he explained. "First of all, to have an international pop superstar constantly and openly talk about her support for the LGBT community was something so new that really no one else was doing. She made you feel cool being a misfit and being different. It felt badass to be the weird kid."

Solomon was a freshman in college when Born This Way dropped, five years ago on May 23. The album hit number one on the Billboard 200 and went on to earn her three Grammy nominations. But for Solomon, the album's message was its greatest achievement. "I was standing in my dorm listening to it with my roommate. We both were like, 'This is amazing!' Not only was it super catchy and super fun to dance to, but it was also an anthem of sorts. 'No matter gay, straight or bi. Lesbian, transgendered life. I'm on the right track, baby. I was born to survive!' That was big. It felt exciting to hear that in a number one pop chart single. Then the album dropped, and it really felt like the beginning of an era, not only for Gaga and for little monsters, but you could feel the social climate changing."

While many fans saw her as a major LGBT advocate who identifies as bisexual herself, others accused her of using the gay community. In an interview with The Advocate that ran shortly after Born This Way dropped, Gaga even spoke out against those accusations, explaining, "To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me as a person. I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.”

Solomon pointed out that, in 2011, vocal and unequivocal support for the gay rights movement was only barely reaching the mainstream. "Supporting the LGBT community at the time in the way that she did was, and still can be, very polarizing in America. She has always stood by us though, from the beginning. When she spoke at the National Equality March in support of marriage equality, Gaga literally screamed at the White House from her dais, 'OBAMA, ARE YOU LISTENING?!' Born This Way was an amazing pop, dance album, with a beautiful, fully realized artistic vision, but also one that was socially aware."

Lady Gaga's bold style and confidence in her unique vision has inspired the same kind of self-assurance in her fans, who grew up hearing her sing, "Don't hide yourself in regret, Just love yourself and you're set." As Solomon explained, "I like to think that's she's given me a confidence to be myself and to be weird and fabulous all together."



Monday, May 9, 2016

Watch Kesha Cover Lady Gaga's 'Til It Happens to You' at Humane Society Gala

Watch Kesha Cover Lady Gaga's 'Til It Happens to You' at Humane Society Gala:

Kesha appeared onstage at the Humane Society Gala in Los Angeles Saturday night to deliver an emotional, bare rendition of Lady Gaga's Oscar-nominated song "Til It Happens to You." "I want to dedicate this song to every man, woman, child and animal that has ever been abused," Kesha said before her performance.

Kesha is still involved in a legal battle against Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, the producer she has accused of sexual and verbal abuse. "Til It Happens to You," written by Diane Warren, was penned for the campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground.

Kesha barely made it through the opening line – "Tell me it gets better" – before being overcome with emotion, forcing her to step back from the microphone. After quickly pulling herself back together, Kesha continued with the powerful piano ballad.

In February, after Kesha's injunction against producer Dr. Luke was denied, Lady Gaga took to Instagram to defend the singer.

"The very reason women don't speak up for years is the fear that no one will believe them or their abuser has threatened their life or life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under control," Gaga wrote. "What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists, including myself, and it will affect her for the rest of her life.

"No one needs to validate Kesha," she continued. "Why is victim always the 'liar'? Why do we let people in a position of power get away with behaving inhumanely? These guys hide behind the legal system and it's their litigious behavior that is precisely what they use to rape these girls. 'Give me what I want or else I will come after you' and they have all the money and the resources to do it."

Following Kesha's cover, Lady Gaga tweeted:

Killed it @KeshaRose. I could feel your pain. Girl these boys won't be in charge forever. The wisdom of women is rising. Let's get louder
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LADY GAGA Out and About in New York

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

LADY GAGA at Costume Institute Gala 2016 in New York

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LADY GAGA Night Out in New York

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

LADY GAGA at Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards in West Hollywood

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LADY GAGA Leaves Giorgio Baldi Italian Restaurant in Hollywood

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LADY GAGA at Vanity Fair Oscar 2016 Party in Beverly Hills

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

LADY GAGA on the runway of Marc Jacobs Fall 2016 -Fashion Show in New York

LADY GAGA on the runway of Marc Jacobs Fall 2016 -Fashion Show in New York:



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Thursday, February 11, 2016

LADY GAGA at 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills

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Monday, February 8, 2016

LADY GAGA Performs at Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Sant Clara

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Watch Lady Gaga's Emotional Speech at 2016 Golden Globes

Watch Lady Gaga's Emotional Speech at 2016 Golden Globes:







A visibly moved Lady Gaga won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel. Playing an 115-year-old vampire who's in love with a former drug-addict (played by Matt Bomer) the pop superstar emerged victorious from an impressive group of nominees that included veteran actors like Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), Queen Latifah (Bessie), and Felicity Huffman (American Crime).

Shaking as she made her way to the stage, the Globes newbie began her speech by declaring that it was "One of the greatest moments in my life." Overcome with emotion for winning her first Golden Globe for her first nomination, Gaga said that she felt "Like Cher in the John Patrick Shanley film, Moonstruck, right now." After gaining her composure somewhat, Gaga set the record straight about how she got there: "I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer, but music worked out first."

When it came time for the thank-you portion of her remarks, Gaga had nothing but love for her costars. "You’re my family forever," she said of the fellow members of her American Horror Story cast. "Because of you, I was able to shine, I guess." She made special mention of Bomer and series creator Ryan Murphy. "I'm truly speechless," Gaga concluded, before the music picked up and she was whisked away backstage.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LADY GAGA at 27th Annual Producer Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles

LADY GAGA at 27th Annual Producer Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles 01/24/2016:



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Thursday, January 14, 2016

LADY GAGA Out and About in New York

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

LADY GAGA in V Magazine, Issue 2016

LADY GAGA in V Magazine, Issue #99:



LADY GAGA in V Magazine, Issue #99


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Monday, December 28, 2015

LADY GAGA Out Shopping in New York

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LADY GAGA Arrives at LAX Airport in Los Angeles

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

LADY GAGA Night Out in New York

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LADY GAGA Arrives at Her Hotel in New York

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LADY GAGA Leaves Her Hotel in New York

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

LADY GAGA at Timestalks Presents Hunting Ground at Times Center in New York

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lady Gaga Is Sick Of The "Boys' Club" In Music

Lady Gaga Is Sick Of The "Boys' Club" In Music:

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Lady Gaga did away with any poker face she might have had regarding sexism in the music industry at the Billboard Women in Music awards on Friday, People reports.



"What I really want to say is that it is really hard sometimes for women in music," Gaga said during her Woman of the Year acceptance speech. "It's like a f—ing boys club that we just can't get into."



The audience, including her fiancé, Taylor Kinney, and mom, Cynthia Germanotta, loudly cheered her on, People reports.



"I tried for so long, I just really wanted to be taken seriously as a musician for my intelligence more than my body ever in this business," she continued. "You don't always feel like when you're working that people believe that you have [a] musical background, that you understand what you're doing because you're a female."



Perhaps the doors to the boys' club are cracking open, however. Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter announced in November that they're shuttering gender-segregated music rankings in a symbolic gesture to put all artists on an equal playing field, garnering equal industry respect.



Gaga, a recent Golden Globe nominee and self-proclaimed feminist, has also previously opened up about the misogynistic and sometimes abusive environment many female musicians encounter. In 2014, she told The Times: "I had really awful experiences with men in the studio...But, I promise you that when women who are in the business that are young read this article, I hope [they understand] that you do not have to put up with that."



Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, has not only been using her platform to advocate for female artists, she's recently spoken out about sexual violence against women at large. In a Thursday Times Talk about The Hunting Ground, the acclaimed campus assault documentary featuring her original song "Til It Happens To You," Gaga opened up about surviving sexual assault as a teenager. Reflecting on her own difficult healing process, she emphasized the importance of breaking silence around these kinds of issues.



"It's like, just get rid of all that trash," she said. "Let's get rid of it together."



Even if its gender-specificity is outdated, no doubt Gaga's Woman of the Year Award was well deserved.




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Lady Gaga says she once blamed herself for being raped

Lady Gaga says she once blamed herself for being raped:

Lady Gaga's outrageous, often revealing costumes have been widely celebrated — but the singer says her provocative clothing also made her blame herself for being raped as a teenager.

"That was a big part of it for me," she said Thursday during a TimesTalks panel discussion. "Because of the way that I dress, and the way that I'm provocative as a person, I thought that I had brought it upon myself in some way; that it was my fault."

Lady Gaga attends the TimesTalks event for "The Hunting Ground" with Diane Warren, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering at Times Center on Thursday in New York City.
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Lady Gaga attends the TimesTalks event for "The Hunting Ground" with Diane Warren, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering at Times Center on Thursday in New York City.

The "Born This Way" singer laid bare her trauma's lingering scars alongside musician Diane Warren, producer Amy Ziering and director Kirby Dick to promote their campus rape documentary "The Hunting Ground," for which Gaga co-wrote and performed the orchestral rock ballad "Til It Happens to You."

"I didn't know how to even think about it. I didn't know how to accept it. I didn't know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault," said the 29-year-old musician, who revealed in an emotional interview with shock jock Howard Stern last year that she'd been raped when she was 19.

The horrific assault, which she didn't share with anyone for about seven years, changed who she was "completely" and left lasting, recurring physical damage.

"It changed my body; it changed my thoughts. When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn't just have the immediate physical ramifications on you," she said.

"When you re-experience it throughout the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress — so a lot of people suffer from not just mental and emotional pain, but also physical pain of being abused, raped or traumatized in some type of way."

Gaga performs at Lollapalooza 2007 in Grant Park on Aug. 4, 2007, in Chicago.
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Gaga performs at Lollapalooza 2007 in Grant Park on Aug. 4, 2007, in Chicago.

But the ever positive singer said she wants her Grammy-nominated song, which she co-wrote with Warren, to empower sexual assault survivors and let them know "that it was OK to feel that way."

"And that you don't have to maybe defend yourself so much," she added. "Because until it happens to you, you don't know how it feels."

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Friday, December 11, 2015

LADY GAGA Leaves Her Hotel in New York

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LADY GAGA Leaves Recording Studio in London at 4-30am

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LADY GAGA Arrives at a Recording Studio in London

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LADY GAGA at a Recording Studio in Kings Cross in London

LADY GAGA at a Recording Studio in Kings Cross in London 11/25/2015:



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