Her early days were spent in sweaty New York City clubs. She broke the internet with her infamous meat dress. And she's wowed on red carpets with her Hollywood glamorous looks. Here is Lady Gaga through the years.
Lady Gaga was born on March 28, 1986, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Her birth name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and she is of Italian decent.
Her music and fashion influence has been seen over the world for nearly 15 years. Her stage name comes from Beatles song “Lady Madonna” and the Queen tune, “Radio Gaga.”
Lady Gaga attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girls Roman Catholic school, where one of her schoolmates was Nicky Hilton.
She briefly enrolled in New York University's arts school before leaving to focus full-time on her performing career.
New York Gritty
Lady Gaga was performing in New York City nightclubs when she was 18. Just two years later, she got a record deal but was dropped by her label, DefJam.
After years of playing small New York City clubs like The Bitter End, she got her big break playing the annual Lollapalooza festival in 2007 on one of the smaller stages for rising artists. During the festival, she turned heads with her outfit and music and drew a large crowd that had not been familiar with her.
She would return to Lollapalooza in 2010 as a headliner alongside bands like Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, Green Day, and Phoenix.
"The Fame" was released on DefJam rival, Interscope records, in 2008. A year later, she released the reissue of the record, “The Fame Monster.”
First Red Carpet
After her single “Just Dance” took over nightclubs, she appeared at award shows. One of the first award show and red carpet she attended was the LGBTQIA+ friendly NewNowNext Awards for Logo.
As “Just Dance” stormed up the charts, she appeared regularly on MTV’s popular daytime series, “Total Request Live.”
Before she could play big venues on her own, she supported “The Fame” by opening for New Kids on the Block.
The success of “The Fame” had her headlining her very first tour outside of small clubs and in amphitheaters and arenas.
On October 3, 2009, she made her Studio 8H debut and performed on “Saturday Night Live" for the first time.
The success of songs like “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance” brought her to sold out gigs across the pond in England.
At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards she showcased a variety of outfits, including one that looked like something from Venice's fabled Carnivale.
During her performance of "Bad Romance" at the VMAs, she got very into the theatrics as she used fake blood over a wedding dress to convey a deeper meaning to her song.
At the 2009 VMAs ceremony, she donned a dress that covered her in red from head to toe.
No outfit has ever turned more heads than her infamous "Meat Dress," which she donned at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Her entrance to the 2009 Grammys resembled something from "The Wizard of Oz."
At the 2009 Grammys, she had a variety of outfits when she took home the awards for "Best Dance Recording," and "Best Electronic/Dance Album."
Lady Gaga is one of the world's best-selling music artists. She has won 12 Grammy Awards, 18 MTV Video Music Awards, 16 Guinness World Records, awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
At the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga debuted her alter-ego, the chain smoking greaser, Jo Calderone.
She has been named both Billboard's Artist of the Year for 2010 and their Woman of the Year in 2015.
Lady Gaga has sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles worldwide.
Always Standing Out
In 2009, she performed at the prestigeous BRIT Awards where she joined iconic British band Pet Shop Boys with Brandon Flowers of The Killers for a killer performance where she stood out as a highlight.
A Shocking Live Performer
Lady Gaga's concerts always see her pushing herself and the boundaries of what live entertainment can do, including having fireworks shoot off from her chest.
Most Fascinating Person
In 2010, Barbara Walters named Lady Gaga one of her "10 Most Fascinating People" for her annual ABC special. During the interview, Gaga got candid about her life and career.
"I am a songwriter," Gaga told Walters. "I'm a performance artist. I'm a daughter and a sister. You know I don't take my glasses off for, for many uh, interviews but I'll take them off for you."
Exposing Her Soul
During her interview with Walters, the iconic journalist asked, "How did your family feel about this child of theirs up on that stage in her bikini underwear?"
Gaga said it wasn't easy for her parents to see it, especially her father.
"Well, it was, it wasn't really so easy for my dad, especially in the beginning," she said. "I mean we didn't talk for months after the first time he saw me play, and uh, he didn't understand. And from a genuine, genuine place, my mother told me that he was afraid I was like mentally unstable."
"Every bit of me is … devoted to love and art," Gaga told Barbra Walters. "And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans, who are -- who feel just like I felt when I was younger."
Ghost in a Shell
For her arrival at the 2011 Grammys, Lady Gaga arrived in an egg. It was part costume and part hibernation chamber until her performance later in the night.
Cracking the Egg
Lady Gaga emerging from her egg at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Born This Way
In 2011, she released her acclaimed follow-up to "The Fame" and "The Fame Monster" with "Born this Way." For the promo tour, she wore a lot of leather and lace to compliment the record's themes.
Not even meeting Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 2009 would take Lady Gaga out of costume nor out of character.
Never one to back down from costumes and intense makeup, she once had pearls placed on her face as part of an ensamble.
In 2013, Lady Gaga released her third album, "Artpop," which got mixed reviews but the production of her costumes and concerts went through the roof.
Putting Art in Pop
The "Artpop" concerts were part gig, part fashion show, and part art display.
The concerts for "Artpop" were colorful affairs with multiple wardrobe changes and often times revealing outfits.
Since her emergence in 2008, her impact on pop music and fashion has forever changed the game but the woman born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in New York City just wanted to entertain.
Fresh off their hits "Telephone" and "Video Phone," Lady Gaga and Beyonce were often seen backstage at award shows together. Here they are in 2010 with Usher.
Lady Gaga has hailed Madonna as a major influence on her work and in 2010 the pair met at New York Fashion Week.
In 2010, she teamed up with Dr. Dre and producer Jimmy Iovine to launch her own line of Beats headphones.
In 2016, Lady Gaga took everyone by surprised with a bare bones look and Mark Ronson-produced pop record called "Joanne" which was dedicated to her late aunt.
Only Lady Gaga could fly over the audience at the Super Bowl. She took her stage show to new heights as the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime performer.
Her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime show was an explosive array of dance, multiple hits and inclusivity.
At the 2019 Met Gala, our girl was serving looks to the gliteratti of New York City.
A Star is Born
In the summer of 2018, she walked the red carpet as an actress for the first time as her film, "A Star is Born," debuted at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.
Her first major award show as an actress was the 2019 Golden Globes.
During the 2019 Academy Awards, she took home the Oscar for "Best Original Song" for her tune "Shallow" from the hit film she made her big screen debut in, "A Star is Born."
Always a champion of LGBTQ rights, during Pride she once dressed up in attire promoting her restaurant, "Joanne," in New York City but also sending a message to love everyone.
Before the coronavirus pandemic took over the world, Lady Gaga was fiercely promoting her latest record, "Chromatica."
Pandemic Ready Gaga
The pandemic would not stop Lady Gaga's fashion as she even wore funky masks at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.
At the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards she picked up a few Moonpeople trophies and showed off a new look each time.
In November 2021, Lady Gaga returned to the screen with "House of Gucci." Before the film arrived in theaters, she promoted it in Los Angeles at a special event.
Walking in massive heels and wedges around Manhattan for a casual stroll.
Viva Lady Vegas
In 2021, Lady Gaga resumed her popular "LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO" residency in Las Vegas.
In August 2021, Lady Gaga performed with her old friend and collaborator Tony Bennet in what would be his final concert at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
House of Gucci
Giving off her latest looks at the "House of Gucci" world premiere in London in November 2021.
Made in Milan
Lady Gaga wowed the crowd and red carpet at the Italian premiere of "House of Gucci," in Milan. Milan is the setting where the film takes place. She took to Instagram to say how important it was to showcase the film in the city, "I cried all day doing press in Milan. I am so grateful and humbled to be in our movie #HouseOfGucci."
Her Method to Acting
In the "House of Gucci," Gaga portrays Patrizia Reggiani, who served 16 years in prison for hiring a hit man to murder her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, outside his office in Milan, Italy, in March 1995.
"I didn't want to meet her because I could tell very quickly that this woman wanted to be glorified for this murder," Gaga told "Good Morning America" before the star-studded New York premiere of the film. "And she wanted to be remembered as this criminal."
Gaga also told "GMA" that she didn’t want to meet the woman also because, “I didn't want to collude with something I don't believe in…She did have her husband murdered."