Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American pop singer-songwriter. She began performing in the rock music scene of New York City's Lower East Side in 2003 and enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She soon signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her early time at Interscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities, and signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.
Gaga came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which was a...Read More
Gaga and E! teaming up for the world premiere of "Judas," hugely anticipated new video from the recording powerhouse. The video debuts uncut and in its entirety Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on E! News. But with the yet-to-be seen, seven-minute opus already stirring controversy for its subject matter, Gaga exclusively tells us that she doesn't mean to attack the religion she grew up in...
"I don't view the video as a religious statement," she tells our Giuliana Rancic in a revealing, wide-ranging interview. "I view it as social statement. I view it as a cultural statement.
"It's a metaphor. It's not meant to be a biblical lesson."
Then come back to E! Online Friday for Gaga's complete interview, in which she doesn't hold back on her life, her music and the uproar already surrounding "Judas."
Singer Lady Gaga has defended Glee's 90-minute Born This Way episode from criticism that the show celebrates being gay.
Dan Gainor, vice president of conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, fumed to ABC News: “This is [creator] Ryan Murphy's latest depraved initiative to promote his gay agenda.”
Bryan Fischer of the Christian conservative American Family Association (AFA) called the show “product placement” in an appearance on Houston's Fox affiliate: “We should not glamorize it [gay relationships] anymore than we would glamorize intravenous drug use,” Fischer said.
Fox News commentator Glenn Beck called the show “a horror show” and a “nightmare,” after the Born This Way broadcast.
And ambiguously gay American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis tweeted that the episode had pushed him back in the closet, though he's never been out.
Tuesday's most incendiary moment came when gay student Kurt Hummel zips open his hoodie to reveal a t-shirt that says “LIKES BOYS” before the cast sings Lady Gaga's Born This Way.
On Friday, gay media watchdog GLAAD defended the show, saying critics were “out-of-touch with the majority.”
Lady Gaga tweeted her support for the show to her nearly 10 million followers: “I really loved Glee's Born This Way episode. I admire the show for being brave+fighting for such modern social messaging. Never back down.”
Lady Gaga is taking on a new identity: Mary Magdalene.
The singer, who will premiere the music video for her latest song "Judas" on next week's American Idol, told MSN Entertainment in Canada that the shoot continued the song's religious tones.
"The theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle Fellini movie, where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem," the singer said. "And I play Mary Magdalene, leading them into the town where we meet Jesus, and I will leave the rest for you to see."
But, she insists the song, which has caused controversy in many religious circles, is "meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it."