Lady Gaga at 30: The Dangerous Age


Upon turning 30 in 1973, Mick Jagger was quoted as saying, “It’s a dangerous age for some people”. In the 21st century a different generation chose to live dangerously and declared “50 is the new 30” and on March 28, 2016, Lady Gaga crosses the 3 decade milestone and now heads into her own wild, new version of adulthood.

Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in Manhattan, NY on March 28th, 1986. As an adult, standing an extremely petite 5’ 1”, she has been an example of big things springing for small packages her entire life. She studied piano at age 4, she started performing at open mike nights a decade later, overcoming childhood bullying for her appearance.

At age 17 she gained early admission to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, but dropped out at age 19 to join an avant garde rock band in what was the beginning of a colorfully meteoric and often controversial music career. She assimilated a myriad of diverse influences including but not limited to disco, glam rock, jazz, hip-hop, electronic dance, burlesque and musical theatre. She was signed to Def Jam Records to a blink-and-you-will-miss-it 90 days, and during this time dated producer Rob Fusari, who helped invent her stage name when a text message using lyric’s from Queen’s “Radio Gaga” was auto-corrected to “Lady Gaga”.

After appearing on Lollapalooza with Lady Starland in 2007, her upward trajectory commenced the following year with the release of her debut alum “The Fame”, which spawned the hit singles, “Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, “LoveGame” and “Paparazzi”, subsequently selling 15 million copies worldwide. 2009 saw the release of the 8 song “The Fame Monster” dealing with the monstrous collateral effects of fame. It topped charts worldwide, spawned another 4 hit singles and sold into the multiple millions.

Touring garnered her further fame and fortune. She is always in the act of re-inventing herself and her career. Never shy and constantly experimental, her performance art pieces attract attention and praise as much for their innovation and integrity as her continually changing barrage of multi-colored wigs, costumes and make-up schemes. She has become a fixture at awards shows (the Emmys, the MTV Video Awards, the Oscars) not only as a presenter, but as a performer, nominee and winner.

She has released her LPs “Born This Way” and “ArtRock” to continuing sales success and critical acclaim. She has passionately pursued works of charity and activism, many on behalf of the LGBT community. She has studied multiple forms of martial arts. She has started a career as an actress, appearing in such films as Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills” (2013) and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (2014). She collaborated on an album of Jazz and Popular Standards with Tony Bennett called “Cheek To Cheek” continuing her streak.

And if that were not enough, she has hosted “Saturday Night live”, received the honor of having her songs parodied by Weird Al Yankovic, and is godmother to Sir Elton John’s son, and she’s now only 30 years old. There is no danger at this dangerous age except for the world trying to keep up with her, and hopefully for a long ride, bumps included because they truly are a part of the fun and the story that is Lady Gaga. Happy Birthday to you, and many more.










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