Gaga For Gaga
January 29, 2010 at 4:46 AM (PT)
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL writes, "Pay attention to that woman opening the GRAMMYS."
The music awards show, set for this SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st, reportedly has LADY GAGA performing with ELTON JOHN. She is nominated for five awards, including Record of the Year, but "that's less important than her broader impact on music culture in the space of a year, which has been seismic," reports THE JOURNAL.
At a time where music sales continue to falter, LADY GAGA's debut album has generated four #1 songs. She topped the digital sales chart for 2009 with 15.3 million tracks sold. Her dance hits, including "Poker Face" and "Paparazzi," changed the sound of Top 40 radio with a spacey Euro vibe that's crept into songs by other rock and rap artists. She grabbed attention beyond the music world with outfits that make her look like a refugee from a sci-fi film. In concert, on video and at past awards shows she has sported full facial masks, worn planetary rings around her head, and framed her face in what looked like a bird's nest.
"She's very vaudevillian," says an admiring ALICE COOPER. But he says GAGA's antics only work because "she can really sing."
GAGA may turn out to be yet another fleeting pop novelty," continues THE JOURNAL, "but many other industry veterans see her as the real deal, and her ambitions and skill at navigating the turbulent industry may make her a durable star. Born STEFANI GERMANOTTA, she graduated from MANHATTAN's Convent of the Sacred Heart school, then left a music program at NEW YORK UNIVERSITY to chase a music career. She was signed and dropped from one label, DEF JAM, before uniting with a core team of advisers. She then stormed the media in a year when MICHAEL JACKSON's death reminded us how few new music stars transcend narrow genres anymore."
Read the full article here.