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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • "Donatella" is a song that sings the virtues of a rich, blond, upperclass model, making her life seem amazing and perfect. However, some lyrics suggest that this might be a Stealth Parody, and the song is meant to be a cynical look at a shallow person.
      • Another interpretation is that the song isn't mocking the model; it's about the girl is seen as as perfect, carefree, and above the criticism of others, but beneath the mask feels misunderstood and that no one knows the real her. Some also believe that she's purposely setting up the misunderstanding as a mask to hide her true feelings.
  • Anvilicious:
    • The video for "G.U.Y." is a painfully obvious and almost barely symbolic Take That! at people she felt betrayed her in the music industry.
    • "Born This Way," meant to be an anthem about accepting yourself, whoever or whatever you may be. It's not even subtle about the message, and it forgoes symbolism and her usual mystique of her music; it just straight up says that you were born perfect and should accept yourself, over and over.
  • Award Snub:
    • She lost the 2009 Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2009 American Music Awards... to Gloriana, a One-Hit Wonder Country Music group. In an awards show where country music artists almost never even get nominated in the all-genre awards.
    • "Till it Happens to You" lost the 2016 Oscar for Best Original Song to Sam Smith's "Writing's on the Wall" despite being the favorite to win.
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    • Though she walked away with a Best Original Song award at the 91st Academy Awards, many were surprised when Best Actress, the award many felt she was a shoo-in for, went to Olivia Colman for The Favourite.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Poker Face" has become one of the top dance songs of the past decade, and possibly one of the biggest since the 1980s. Then "Bad Romance" came out and topped that. "Born This Way" has already no. 1 on the Billboard 100.
    • "The Edge of Glory" is pretty damn awesome, too.
    • Three fan favorites from "Born This Way": "Marry The Night", "Americano", and "Bloody Mary". The last one is the current subject of a campaign by fans for it to be Gaga's next single.
    • Also for fan favorites, "Scheiße" and "Heavy Metal Lover" were the top two songs suggested by her favorite fan site to be her next single (after "The Edge Of Glory").
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    • Every track that showcases her piano-playing talents, like "Speechless" and "Again Again".
    • Even though ARTPOP wasn't as commercially or critically successful as her other pieces, there are still some cracking tunes on it; "G.U.Y" and "Applause" definitely have their fans.
    • Several of her songs from A Star Is Born (2018), especially "Shallow".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The operatic opening to "Government Hooker" has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the song. It shows off her range, though.
    • "Bloody Mary" also has a classical opening.
    • She once advertised a therapeutic course she'd taken by posting a clip of herself on it wearing a blindfold while otherwise naked in a forest clearing, and loudly yelling. Literally no one has a clue what was going on.
  • Broken Base:
  • Since the release of the "Born This Way" single, fans seem to have been locked in an endless debate as to whether is was really as groundbreaking as Gaga promised or just a rehash of Madonna's "Express Yourself", with a subtle bit of the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."
  • The cover for the Born This Way album. Which Gaga blamed on Nick Knight and the Haus of Gaga.
  • Fans of The Fame vs. fans of Born This Way. Fans of the former will say that Gaga is no fun anymore, while fans of the latter will dismiss The Fame as vapid and fake when compared to Born This Way.
  • "Applause" is either a fun comeback or a lame, underwhelming leftover from The Fame. Artpop has regained many of her The Fame/Monster fanbase.
    • In general, ARTPOP quickly garnered this response from people; either she had made a fun, sexy, light-hearted comeback, or she dropped the ball and alienated fans left and right. It didn't help that it ended up being completely overshadowed by other albums upon release, despite the amount of effort she put into promoting it, and that two of the tracks ("Aura" and "Gypsy") could be seen as culturally insensitive. And let's not dig into "Do What U Want"..
  • Her halftime show performance at Super Bowl LI was widely praised for great performances of several of her biggest hits, plus some subtly subversive bits like performing a snippet of "This Land Is Your Land" (originally written as a scathing anti-Fascism screed). But there's also a sizable group of people saying they were let down by her not taking the opportunity to be more overtly political like Beyonce the previous year, and especially upset that she got the same amount of attention for doing far less.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Lady Gaga fans versus Taylor Swift fans. Any thread discussing the former will bring up the latter as a point of debate, and vice versa. Gaga fans scoff at Taylor Swift's Tastes Like Diabetes love songs and "anti-feminist undertones", while Taylor Swift fans dislike Gaga's hypersexual/controversial image and prefer their pop to be sweet. For the record, Gaga has said that she loves Taylor Swift, and Swift said the same, so the whole thing is pathetic. It's just the fans, not the personalities.
    • Also, there seems to be a rivalry between the Little Monsters and the fans of every other diva. Fans of Christina Aguilera and Madonna are particularly aggressive in their hatred. Gaga fans are nasty and elitist to these woman too. And yet again, Lady Gaga likes and respects the women (well, just respects Madonna), making the whole rivalry pointless.
    • Also, between Plague Rats of Emilie Autumn and Gaga's Little Monsters.
    • For actual friction between personalities, Katy Perry fans seems to have a distaste for her, though both singers are good friends in real life.
    • There is a fairly vehement rivalry with Billie Eilish because Eilish criticized Lady Gaga's meat dress, resulting in Lady Gaga fans viewing her as a young upstart challenging a more established pop star, as well as an annoying vegan. Billie Eilish fans think this reaction is too extreme for a teenager expressing an opinion. For the record, she has said that she's happy about Billie Eilish being successful in her music career.
  • Faux Symbolism: Sometimes there are so many visuals in her day to day life, her music videos, her shows, her outfits, some of them seem meaningless or don't make sense or directly conflict with the idea she says they are for.
  • Fetish Retardant: Though some have noted that she has the oddest habit of wearing makeup that makes her look like a man in drag, Lady Gaga has confirmed that she does indeed that she does this on purpose for whatever reason this may be.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: One of the songs in the album Joanne was "Angel Down", a song about police brutality and the corrupt ignorance of the government made as a response to the death of Trayvon Martin. Almost four years later, the death of George Floyd happened around the same time as her next album, Chromatica, and his and several other deaths caused a strong resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and many riots in America fighting against the issues of racism and police brutality in America. Lady Gaga even wrote a letter taking part in the movement in response to Floyd's death, and it shows that her opinion hasn't changed at all since Joanne was released.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Les Yay:
    • "Sexxx Dreams" seems to be about a female friend who she had a sexual dream about. She mentions her boyfriend being out of town so maybe they could experiment?
    • "Hey Girl", from the album Joanne, is essentially a love song duet between herself and Florence Welch.
  • LGBT Fanbase: On a truly massive scale. Gaga, of course, is well-known for embracing them as wholeheartedly as possible, and "Born This Way" cemented that.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: She feels that ARTPOP is her best work yet, but many Little Monsters think she reached her apex in Born This Way. Some fans, and most not so ardent/fence sitting fans prefer her The Fame Monster work the most.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Mondegreen: "I'd rather be drunk but at least I'm alive." The correct "Rain On Me" lyric is "dry."
  • Narm Charm:
    • And we don't want it any other way.
    ''I want your love
    • In the Bad Romance video, towards the end, we get a shot of her draped in a polar bear rug, pulling an epic pose with fire in the background. It's hilarious, jarring and it's one of the best moments in the entire video.
    • So much of "Telephone", but especially the dialogue.
      Beyoncé: You've been a very bad girl. A very, very bad, bad girl, Gaga.
    • Another "Telephone" example:
    • The Gagacycle on the cover of Born This Way is arguably this.
    • Speaking of Born This Way, "Hair" qualifies. It's about comparing her desire for individuality with her hair. it works!
    • "Work it, Black Jesus."
    • Gaga's ham-tastic speech at the beginning of "Bad Kids."
    • "Dirty pony I, can't wait to hose you down."
    • I could be your girl/Girl, girl, girl, girl, girl/But would you love me/If I ruled the world, world, world?
    • I'll dance, dance, dance/With my hands, hands, hands/Above my head, head, head/Like Jesus said.
    • We could say a lot of her lyrics fall into this.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The Meat Dress. Years after she wore it, people still bring it up when chastising her outlandish dress.
    • Her SXSW performance of "Swine", in which guest performance artist Millie Brown chugged a bottle of neon-green-colored milk, then purged her throat and puked it all over Gaga.
    • The perceived flop of the ARTPOP era. The lead single "Applause" didn't see as much success as smash hits "Roar" and "Wrecking Ball" note . ARTPOP got rather low American debut sales for an album that was heavily promoted note  and anticipated, while Prism and Bangerz did much better. BEYONCÉ's massive success despite literally no prior promotion made before its release made ARTPOP look worse in comparison. Naturally, Gaga's haters are thriving in their opportunity to call her a flop note .
  • Periphery Demographic: She's actually very popular with middle aged women and mothers, probably because of her heavy Madonna influence.
  • Retroactive Recognition: She had a blink-and-you'll-miss-it background role in The Sopranos as one of AJ's friends in the scene where they destroyed the swimming pool.
  • He Really Can Act: Gaga won a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel. Her performance in A Star Is Born (2018) also received widespread acclaim and she was nominated for an Oscar.
  • Signature Song: Generally considered to be between "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance". "Just Dance" and "Born This Way" probably the runners-up.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Many of her outfits have been the subject of mockery due to how unprofessional it is for her to wear food. The infamous meat dress comes to mind.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Born this Way" is very similar to Madonna's "Express Yourself" both in terms of sound and theme. Madonna herself decided to take a shot at this by singing the chorus of Gaga's song during her's. Gaga Lampshaded it in a Saturday Night Live sketch where she performed an alleged Cover Version of "Express Yourself" that was actually "Born This Way". Also, there's a subtle bit of the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" in there too.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Similarities have been found between songs of hers and songs from years past, and this is used by many of her haters as a justification for hating her.
  • True Art Is Angsty: "Brown Eyes" and "Speechless."...and her various piano based pre-Gaga demo's.
    • "Million Reasons" is rated as the best performance for her Super Bowl half-time appearance (which include her monstrous hits like "Born This Way" and "Bad Romance"). It also is the heaviest song in the line-up and generated the highest interest out of all of them.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
    • She's offended quite a few people and organizations. While many are strict conservative groups, a surprising amount of race and gay right activists don't appreciate her having appointed herself their spokesperson (words taken from a magazine article). While her methods are...somewhat unorthodox, she did play a part in getting the U.S military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy reversed, but public opinion of her has been (and more than likely will be) divided for some time.
    • Her influence on DADT is open to interpretation, some think she just jumped on the band wagon, some think she caused it to change, some think it was just going to happen and she just helped it happen faster.
  • Uncanny Valley: Wears incredibly thick makeup, unusual hair, and ridiculously high shoes. She has since phased her Uncanny Valley Makeup in favour of a more natural look that began with Joanne, which served as a Career Resurrection for her.
    • Try not to cringe at the horror that is Goose-Gaga in the "Applause" music video.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Part of the reason why she was rumored to be a hermaphrodite/transgender in her early career is because her outlandish makeup and outfits make her look like a man in drag.
  • Win Back the Crowd: "Aura", a considerably more fun and less serious track, drew back many folks who had dismissed Gaga after "Born This Way" took a turn into the preachy and serious. "Artpop" also regained many fans who ditched her due to Born This Way.
    • Some of her recent costumes have been less flashy and more "normal", likely as a way to avoid alienating her more casual fans.
    • Conversely, her re-embrace of the campy Fame-era dance-pop and outlandish costumes in Chromatica won back a number of fans who were concerned her success with Joanne and A Star Is Born would see her continue to pursue a cleaner, more "normal" image.

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  • Les Yay: The scenes between Beyonce and Gaga seem to reflect this.


Born This Way


  • Faux Symbolism: The number of Biblical/Christian allegories in the music video (and the song itself) is astounding, see Theme Naming in the Music tab.
  • Misaimed Fandom: This song got a whole lot of flak from evangelical Christians... Even though Gaga clearly states in-song that "Jesus is my virtue" and "Judas" is used as a metaphor for the kind of people that good people should avoid.

Marry the Night

  • Les Yay: Gaga mentions the nurses who are wheeling her bed - "You see that nurse on the right? She has a great ass." *nurse bends over* "Bam."


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