Beyoncé's undeniably badass, and Taylor Swift is everybody's sweetest best friend, but where does Lady Gaga fit in? Even the once-controversial Madonna, aka the original Queen of Pop, can't compete with the envelope-pushing Gaga's been doing in the past few years.
Here are all the times Gaga broke the typical pop star mold.
Talk about a superstar who isn't letting the fame get to her head — Gaga's most recent tour event was a total surprise that caught even her biggest fans off guard. Instead of doing the glitz, glamour and lights to promote her new album Joanne, due out Oct. 21, Gaga opted for a secret dive bar tour instead. It wasn't until early October that three select showcases were announced in local Nashville bars to debut the songs on her new album.
In her song and video for the single, "Til It Happens to You," Gaga boldly addresses the prevalence of rape in contemporary culture. It's moving and it feels real and personal. It goes deeper than common pop music.
Yes, many a pop star has gotten their start in acting or even gone on to score acting roles after they gained mainstream success, but Gaga's portrayal of a 100-year-old hemophiliac on the latest season of AHS is a far cry from Desperately Seeking Susan or Burlesque. Gaga successfully creates an eerie character that is truly captivating.
Speaking of AHS, Gaga's performance on the show was good enough to win her a Golden Globe in early 2016 — an honor that the Twittersphere did not appreciate. When Twitter fans accused her of going the boring Hollywood route (and following in the footsteps of other talented musicians who have won Golden Globes, like Madonna and Cher), Gaga kept her cool and didn't clap back. Unsurprisingly, she was the most tweeted about celebrity of the night.
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