I was first introduced to Lady Gaga in 2008 when she performed at the Miss Universe pageant in 2008. She performed “Just Dance,” the lead single from her breakthrough hit The Fame, which was released the following month. From there, she produced catchy songs, unforgettable albums and music videos, and spectacular tours. She has become so influential that she is now one of the best-selling music artists in history.
Here’s me in 2007 right before I dyed my hair blonde and released Just Dance. It’s now 2018 and I’m so blessed to be turning 32 with a fanbase of Little Monsters I’ve watched spread a message of acceptance and kindness for 10 years now. 💕 pic.twitter.com/n3dPG7ZQ2H
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 28, 2018
But once upon a time, she was a club performer. Yesterday, Gaga paid tribute to her past with a Twitter photo of her in 2007 and the message, “Here’s me in 2007 right before I dyed my hair blonde and released Just Dance. It’s now 2018 and I’m so blessed to be turning 32 with a fanbase of Little Monsters I’ve watched spread a message of acceptance and kindness for 10 years now.”
Gaga had a rocky start, starring in the New York club scene and getting dropped by Def Jam Records just three months in. She began writing songs for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, Fergie, and The Pussycat Dolls. Everything changed when Akon was impressed by her vocals after hearing her sing for one of his tracks.
In 2008, she released The Fame, which was nominated for five Grammys, winning Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording for “Poker Face.” The album was followed by The Fame Monster, Born This Way, Artpop, Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett), and Joanne. All the albums received varying levels of success, launching music videos, awards, and world tours.
It’s been 10 years since The Fame and Gaga continues to shape pop culture.
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