Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, is an American singer-songwriter. She achieved fame in 2008 with her debut studio album, The Fame. She is known for her elaborate live performances and visual aesthetic. Born on June 28, 1986 in New York City, she is the sole child of Cynthia Louise (Baker), a seamstress, and Joseph Arthur "Joe" Germanotta, a design consultant for brands including Adidas, Levi Strauss & Co., and Harley-Davidson
Gaga's musical career began at age 17 with her involvement with the pop rock band The Fame Monster.
The Fame Monster released one EP before disbanding in 2007. Gaga independently released her first studio album The Fame on August 19, 2008. The lead single "Just Dance" was a global success and helped the album to peak at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and topped the charts in Australia and Germany.
Her second studio album The Fame Monster released December 11, 2009 and reached number one in the United States where it stayed for six weeks and sold over 1.4 million copies. It was preceded by "Just Dance" which reached number one in twenty countries across the globe including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The third studio album Born This Way was released May 23, 2011 and sold over 3 million copies worldwide despite peaking at number seventeen on the US Billboard 200 charts.
It became Gaga's third consecutive record-breaking album debuting atop the US Billboard 200 and international charts becoming both her best-selling studio album and fourth consecutive double-platinum certified record globally. It produced five singles: "The Edge of Glory", "Government Hooker", "Poker Face", "Born This Way", and "Judas". The album's title track won Best Pop Solo Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards as well as Best Original Song at both the Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards ceremonies.