Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born
March 28, 1986), known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American
singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, businesswoman, fashion
designer and actress. Raised in New York City, where she lives,
Lady Gaga primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and
briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began
performing in the rock music scene of Manhattan's Lower East Side.
By the end of 2007, record executive and producer Vincent Herbert
signed her to his label Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope
Records. Initially working as a songwriter at Interscope Records,
her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon,
who also signed her to Kon Live Distribution, his own label under
Interscope. In 2008, Lady Gaga came to prominence with her debut
studio album, The Fame, which was a critical and commercial success.
The record included the international number-one tracks "Just Dance"
and "Poker Face". In 2009, her extended play, The Fame Monster,
was released to a similar reception, and produced the hit singles
"Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Alejandro". Its accompanying Monster
Ball Tour became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all
time. Lady Gaga's second album, Born This Way (2011), topped albums
charts in most major markets and generated chart-topping songs "Born
This Way", "Judas", and "The Edge of Glory". While Chris Molanphy
from Rolling Stone named Gaga the "Queen of Pop" in a ranking published
by the magazine in 2011 (between 15 artists, such as Adele and Britney
Spears), public reception of Gaga's music, fashion sense and persona
are mixed. Towards the end of 2008, comparisons were made
between the fashions of Gaga and recording artist Christina Aguilera
that noted similarities in their styling, hair, and make-up.
has selected Lady Gaga as a fashion celebrity.