Instant Follow Friday: Queen Lady Gaga Is No Ordinary Icon, She’s THE Icon
Hearts be still, Little Monsters.
Gaga already nabbed her first Golden Globe award (which unfortunately doesn’t count towards the EGOT goal) last year for her spectacular role as The Countess in American Horror Story, and needless to say, she has an entire treasury of hard-earned titles and achievements.
While the Queen of pop has yet to earn her first Emmy or Tony award, she’s won a total of six Grammy awards: Best Electronic/Dance Album for The Fame in 2010; Best Dance Recording for “Poker Face” in 2010; Best Pop Vocal Album for The Fame Monster in 2011; Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for “Bad Romance” in 2011; and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett) in 2015.
And on Sunday, Gaga will be attending the 88th Academy Awards where she and Diane Warren are up for Best Original Song for “Til It Happens to You,” written in honor of survivors of sexual assault, from the documentary film The Hunting Ground.
Last year just before the 2015 Oscars, we celebrated Gaga for Instant Follow Friday in honor of what was slated to be a “special tribute” at the 87th Academy Awards because, to be honest, we were more excited for her performance than the entire show put together.
And my gosh, did she come through. Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute brought everyone in the audience and at home to their feet, and ended up becoming perhaps the most talked about and most acclaimed performance the notoriously drab Oscars have ever seen.
As we explained at the time last year: she’d just revealed her half-million dollar engagement ring gifted to her by now-fiancé, the gorgeous actor Taylor Kinney; she was about to embark on her Cheek to Cheek tour with her legendary duet partner Bennett (they’d just won their Grammy); and she was busy doing a lot yoga (including hot AF swimming pool yoga).
And now, here we are, a year and what seems like a million milestones later. In the last year alone, Gaga “monster-clawed her way back to cultural dominance,” as we aptly explained around the time of her breathtaking “National Anthem” performance at Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Following the Super Bowl, she performed an unforgettable tribute to David Bowie, and on Sunday, she will take the stage again to perform “Til It Happens to You.”
Gaga seems to so effortlessly embody what it means to be the “Queen of Pop,” whilst also embracing other facets of life (like love, cooking at home, acting, advocacy through her Born this Way foundation, rock & roll, fashion, her pups, being iconic in the general sense, et cetera). She doesn’t fit a single mold, and that’s evident across how she’s personified on social media (from Instagram to her newly-created Snapchat) and in her art. Gaga is an artist:
Gaga is an artist:
V99 cover 15 of 16—Lady Gaga and her fiancé Taylor Kinney. 100% of sales from this cover will go to the Born This Way Foundation. It is only available at vmagazineshop.com A photo posted by V Magazine (@vmagazine) on
Gaga is an actress:
Gaga is an editor:
Gaga is an advocate:
Watching over Chicago Pride from my apartment and smiling so big. So many happy people. Happy pride!! #lovewins A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
Gaga is punk:
Gaga is a caregiver:
Gaga is delicious:
Making a fresh steak bolognese just like grandma on #SundayFunday A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
Gaga is f*cking fashion:
Gaga is rock:
Married to rock n roll. And the Rivington Rebels. I love u guys A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
Gaga is love:
Gaga is a unicorn:
Lady Arabella. A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
Gaga is Mother Monster:
This is why my fans are different from other fans. Our bond over life, love, and identity, after it passes through endless shallow channels of machines, the end is a very rich substance. Fame is petty in comparison to believing in someone. Thank you for all the books and poetry. Monsters you always remind me. A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
Gaga is a supporter:
A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
Gaga is ARTPOP:
3 more artRaves. I loved touring ARTPOP so much, I will miss this time in our lives. To many more enchanted moons like these, Little Monsters. A toast to every artist who was inspired by ARTPOP, may your creative mind run wild and free, honest and happy, dangerous and insane. May you prosper in your love of creating, and always put art in the front. A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on
Gaga is an inspiration. Gaga is a queen. Gaga is an icon, the Icon.
What is Gaga not? Ordinary. Definable. Surpassable.
(And need we remind you that Lady Gaga is not yet 30. She turns the big three-oh next month on March 28th.)
Here’s our first Instant Follow Friday: Lady Gaga edition in the gallery below: