Why So Gaga About Lady Gaga?

After millions of downloads, and over a billion views for her risqué videos, Lady Gaga is the new love-it-or-leave-it superstar. We hear the case for the glam-pop icon.

Lady Gaga performs at Carnegie Hall, New York, May 2010. (AP)

Lady Gaga performs at Carnegie Hall, New York, May 2010. (AP)

Stephani Germanotta was only four years old when she learned to play the piano. At thirteen she wrote her first song, and by nineteen she had a record deal and a new handle: “Lady Gaga.”

Part go-go dancer, part diva, with outsized costumes and brazen sexuality, she’s been called the new Madonna. Maybe bigger.

But there are bigger themes. Believe in yourself, she says. Total girl-power. It feels like everyone is listening, watching, and singing along with Lady Gaga. And they’re hearing the message.

This hour, On Point: Going gaga over Lady Gaga.


Nancy Bauer, associate professor of philosophy at Tufts University. Her Op-Ed on Lady Gaga, “Lady Power,” appeared in Sunday’s New York Times.

Maura Johnston, music critic. She’s written for The Daily Beast, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Gawker, and Awl.

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