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Decade of Different Concert – Artist Profile: Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, obviously, needs no introduction. Mother Monster is riding high on the fame right now, and she’s never been as popular as she is right now. She’s made a lot of new fans with her latest record, “Born This Way” and with her collaborations with such legendary artists as Sting and Tony Bennett.

She’s performed “Stand By Me” with Sting before, but her duet with Tony Bennett of the remake of Sinatra’s “The Lady is a Tramp” is particularly notable. We all know about the relationship between Bennett and Amy Winehouse, and what a great musical pair they made. It seems to be the opinion of some people that Gaga was taking advantage of Amy’s death by stealing the spotlight with that performance. I don’t see it that way at all. If anything, Lady proved that she is far more talented that many of her detractors seem to give her credit for, and she did a hell of a job with that song. I could envision that record being played back in the ’40s, although Gaga’s attire probably would met with a little curiosity (understatement of forever.)

But what I really want to discuss here is the fact that as famous as she’s become, with all of her crazy outfits and impromptu cameos and outrageous acts, she’s really the same New York girl she’s always been. She does what she does because she loves it. She can take all of her talents in music, dance, and drama and roll them up altogether into something wonderful (at least her fans think so, most people seem to just think she’s insane, but love her anyway). Above all, she works to use her fame for positive things. She’s always been looking out for the underdog, praising and glorifying the underdogs, as she herself was one just a few short years ago. This is a concert about Difference. Look at what a difference was made with her in just 4 short years. (Yahoo has a great profile of how she looked just a few years ago, and she was so cute!) It’s not like we’ve never seen a star rise like this before, but the difference here is, this Lady is going to be around for a long, long time.

What makes Gaga so unique is her raw talent and her ability to constantly reinvent herself (that is, the character of Lady Gaga). Yes, Madonna reinvented herself all the time, but she tended to follow trends, rather than be a trend-setter (perhaps not earlier in her career, but certainly later.) What Lady Gaga does is trend setting, but ignoring popular trends almost entirely. If anything, she pokes fun and parodies pop culture, rather than abide by it. But, what made me a fan in particular was not her outrageous costumes or dramatic live shows or her often very “exotic” dancing, but when it all comes down to just her and a piano. You truly realize what a true performer and musician she is, and how dedicated she is. In those moments, you see little Stefani showing through her Lady Gaga facade, sometimes with tears in her eyes, truly overwhelmed by all the love people show her. It’s when she shares a story, when she connects with her audience that she really shines. They are always her most emotional, most intimate, and most beautiful performances. Those are what make her so different. I can’t remember any star that could go from being so outrageous, to simple and wonderful.

Of all the performances there will be on Saturday night/Sunday morning, Gaga’s is obviously the most anticipated, because you just never know what she’ll do next.

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