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“Lady Gaga stans were by far the loudest fandom during the Golden Globes nominations announcement on Thursday—in the livestream chat, on Twitter, and IRL at the press conference itself. Every time it was mentioned, A Star Is Born got audible “woos” from the audience (it was 5:30 AM in LA, so that’s saying something). Tons of comments on the Golden Globes Facebook Live feed were just all-caps lyrics from “Shallow,” the breakout single from Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s remake.
Turns out, the stans had a lot to get excited about on Thursday morning. A Star Is Born walked away with five Golden Globes nominations, including two for Gaga herself.
With a decade’s worth of hits under her belt, Gaga is definitively one of the biggest stars in the world. Rolling Stone dubbed her the “Queen of Pop” in 2011. In 2012, music journalist Rob Sheffield wrote, “It’s already hard to remember a world where we didn’t have Gaga, although we’re pretty sure it was a lot more boring.” In 2015, TIME noted that “Lady Gaga practically invented the current era of pop music as spectacle,” and credited her for the trend of over-the-top performances from singers like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. Gaga even has two species of fern named after her.
Lady Gaga taught us that part of the spectacle of pop stardom is reinvention. In 2015, Kelefa Sanneh wrote in The New Yorker that “Lady Gaga blazed a trail for truculent pop stars by treating her own celebrity as an evolving art project.” Whether it was by arriving at the Grammys in a giant, egg-shaped vessel, or hanging and performing at the MTV Video Music Awards as Jo Calderone, not once breaking the fourth wall, she’s morphed and experimented as a means to enrich her art.”
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