Every so often in Hollywood, you blink and a star is born.
Such is the journey of Lady Gaga. A journey that began in New York City in 1986 with the birth of a talented songstress. With talents that are undeniable and a set of pipes to be envious of, we yet again, blink to re-focus our attention on the girl who has morphed into a bonafide Hollywood legend.
Perhaps the transformation and enchantment surrounding the aura of Gaga comes with her latest Grammy and Oscar win for Shallow which finds the 32 year-old coming full circle in her career. 2008 and her debut release of The Fame may have had her on the precipice of actual manifested “fame,” but it was not without leaving every last remnant of guts and glory on the stages of underground dive bars around New York City where the rubber meets the starving artist road.
Our first introductions to Gaga were rough around the edges – those of only the most theatrical kind – extensions of herself she wanted to make privy to the world. Though the concept artist inside never dissipated, 2016 would find that notion stripped down to its lowest common denominator for her release of Joanne, until all that was left was simply Stefani Joanne Germanotta.
The 32 year-old singer and songwriter dove in even when the water wasn’t warm, remaining unapologetically authentic, challenging herself to wade through the uncharted territory of the music industry until the learning curve waned. Behind the deft skill that is involved in the execution of her projects – from concept to roll-out to visuals, there is an artist who never rests on her laurels.
One thing Gaga will never be is a one trick pony, a vapid pop star, or a yes man for the industry. But I must say this, the recognition and red carpet accolades look great on her and even in all that she is, every now and then we must indulge and entertain the shallow – the Hollywood glamour, that is.
Here is a look back at some of Lady Gaga’s most iconic red carpet moments.NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28: Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS) VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga walks the red carpet ahead of the ‘A Star Is Born’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Lady Gaga arrives on the red carpet at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “A Star Is Born” at The Shrine Auditorium on September 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 15: Lady Gaga attends ELLE’s 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration presented by L’Oreal Paris, Hearts On Fire and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE Magazine) HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Lady Gaga attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Artists Inspiration Award recipient Lady Gaga attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation) BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Lady Gaga attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: Lady Gaga attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Lady Gaga, winner of the Music (Original Song) award for ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born,’ attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 27: Lady Gaga attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 480595 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 03: Actress/singer Lady Gaga attends the premiere screening of FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Lady Gaga (fasihon detail) attends the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Fox after party on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY – MAY 04: Lady Gaga attends the “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Actor John Travolta (L) and recording artist Lady Gaga attend Interscope’s Grammy After Party with Lady Gaga at the Peppermint Club on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Interscope) LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Singer Lady Gaga attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Singer Lady Gaga poses in the press room during the MTV Video Music Awards at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
The bold statement heard ’round the world by way of the infamous meat dress worn to the MTV VMA’s. Though it may be a vegetarian’s nightmare, the cuts of meats were assembled exquisitely. She addressed the dress post-win during an interview with Ellen stating that “she meant no disrespect to animal lovers.”