Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta , known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She performed initially in theater, appearing in high school plays, and studied at CAP21 through New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career. After leaving a rock band, participating in the Lower East Sides avant garde performance art circuit, and being dropped from a contract with Def Jam Recordings, Gaga worked as a songwriter for SonyATV Music Publishing. There, recording artist Akon noticed her vocal abilities and helped her to sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own KonLive Distribution.
Her debut album The Fame was a critical and commercial success that produced global charttopping singles such as Just Dance and Poker Face. A followup extended play , The Fame Monster , was met with a similar reception and Bad Romance, Telephone, and Alejandro were released becoming successful singles. Her second fulllength album Born This Way was released in 2011, topping the charts in more thancountries, including the United States, where it sold over one million copies in its first week. The album produced the numberone single Born This Way. Her third album Artpop, released in 2013, topped the US charts and included the successful single Applause. In 2014, Gaga released a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, which became her third consecutive number one in the United States. For her work in the television series American Horror Story Hotel, Gaga won a Golden Globe Award in 2016.