It has been quite the year for Lady Gaga. Her song “Til It Happens to You” was featured in the Catherine Hardwicke-directed documentary The Hunting Ground and has been nominated for a Grammy. While she is currently nominated for her work in American Horror Story: Hotel, she has also won awards this year from the Anti-Defamation League, Billboard (as Woman of the Year), the BMI Awards, the Columbus Citizens’ Foundation, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, and no less than eight other awards across a range of categories, according to Wikipedia. Yet, Lady Gaga has made the transition from being a quirky pop rock singer to someone to take incredibly seriously while she still remains incredibly human.
While she made headlines recently for calling out what she called the “boys club” of the music industry, Lady Gaga is currently garnering a great deal of attention for her frank discussion about her rape at the age of 19, in addition to her recent Golden Globe nomination. According to Vanity Fair, Lady Gaga admitted that she, like so many other sexual assault survivors, did not know how to cope with the aftermath of what had happened.
“I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault,” she said.
Lady Gaga said that she was discussing the rape more openly now in order to help the countless others also trying to cope with the enormity of what had happened to them.
“I’m here because when I look out onto the sea of beautiful young faces that I get to sing and dance for, I see a lot of people who have secrets that are killing them,” she said, adding that she wanted to see people work through the pain of whatever happened to them.
Lady Gaga has been frequently cited as an example of female empowerment, and names “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes as her feminist anthem of choice, according to New York Magazine. However, Lady Gaga has also gained accolades for her bold – and some would say sometimes eccentric – fashion choices. Many women would say that she has embraced her own willingness to show her creativity in spite of people clamoring for more rational, sensual choices from their female stars.
Yet, through all the media frenzy and the attention she has had focused on her for the last several years, Lady Gaga appears to have remained quite humble and quite human.
Extra reported that her fiancé, Taylor Kinney of Chicago Fire, expressed his pride by saying, “She’s been on a run.”
It would seem that the ostentatious, flamboyant outfits – meat dress, anyone? – that Lady Gaga originally started with are gone for now, at least, as she has frequently opted for what has been a more sedate look for her on the red carpet. Lady Gaga has been the picture of elegance, wearing simple gowns that have made the most of her impressive figure rather than looking to shock or tantalize as many may have thought previously.
According to Extra, Lady Gaga seemed very reflective when she looked back on her stellar year.
“It is pretty unbelievable when you think of how many things could have gone wrong or not happened at all,” she noted, recalling her beginnings as a songwriter on the Lower East Side living in a small apartment.
Now, though, Lady Gaga has seemingly recaptured the world’s stage, with nominations in the same week for a Golden Globe and a Grammy, and her work with music legend Tony Bennett still captivating so many, it is small wonder that Lady Gaga is the toast of Tinseltown once again. With supporters like Kinney, Bennett, and American Horror Story: Hotel creator Ryan Murphy behind her, it is amazing that Lady Gaga continues to be humble and discuss issues that have happened to so many: anxiety, depression, and sexual assault, to name a few of the big ones.
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