Lady Gaga proves she is dedicated to her fans
Lady Gaga, “Queen of Pop,” is not only a singer but a songwriter, activist, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, philanthropist and actress. So far, she has sold 125 million singles and 24 million albums, putting her net worth at $190 million. She has won five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. Many people discount her as a good singer because she dresses in wacky costumes or because she is bisexual, but neither of those things means she can’t make good music.
Gaga taught herself to play piano by ear at age 4. She wrote her first song at 13 and sang live in New York City a year later. Bullied in middle school because some found her too provocative, she moved to a private, all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Manhattan and then went to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. This is where her passion for music really took off.
My favorite Lady Gaga song is “Applause.” This is a great song and lets her fans know how much she appreciates it when we cheer for her. My favorite part is the chorus, which includes the lines, “I live for the applause-plause / live for the way that you cheer and scream for me / the applause, applause, applause.” It just puts me in a good mood. I usually listen to it before basketball.
Gaga calls us fans “Little Monsters” and we call her “Mother Monster” because we look up to her as a role model. When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012, Gaga gave $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims.
Gaga supports 15 charities, including the Lupus Foundation of America. On Larry King Live in 2010 she announced that she had tested “borderline positive” with this disease, which runs in her family.
Gaga also has started her own charity, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on youth empowerment and fighting bullying. Her hope is to inspire bravery in young people and make the world a kinder place. Having announced her bisexuality to Barbara Walters during a 2009 interview, Gaga wants young people to feel safe and empowered to chase their dreams and do what they want in life.
She spreads her wealth in fun ways, too. One day she was doing a signing at a local record shop in her native New York City when she noticed that there was a long line out the door. She ordered $1,000 worth of pizza from Papa Johns for fans in line. And in 2015, Lady Gaga plans to do what no other pop star has done before: perform live in outer space on a Virgin Galactic flight. This larger-than-life stunt proves she is dedicated to her fans.
(Elizabeth Sinotte is a senior at Concord High. She has lived in Concord all her life. She enjoys playing basketball and loves animals. She will attend college locally to become a veterinary technician.)