Popdom’s it girl Lady Gaga is keen to get to India, and collaborate with local DJs. “Hello to all my monsters in India,” she says, “I can’t wait to come to India. I am so excited to perform for all of you. It’s been a dream of mine to travel to India.”
The multiple Grammy winner confesses that she doesn’t know much about Indian music, but says, “I am excited to learn more. The artists that I am most familiar with are the DJs in India, and I will be collaborating with them.”
Gaga, who turns 25 next month, made a humbling speech at the recent Grammys wherein she thanked singer Whitney Houston for being the inspiration for her new hit number, Born This Way.
“I wanted to thank Whitney because when I wrote Born This Way, I imagined she was singing it because I wasn’t secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar,” she had said. Prod her on why Whitney, of all music stars, and she says, “Whitney was my major vocal inspiration when I was young. We used to listen to her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner over and over again. She has an angel in her throat and I promised myself that the first time I win a Grammy, that I would thank Whitney on TV. I did that last year too, but that was not on TV. So, I had to thank her again.”
The American popstar is being touted as the new Madonna, but she is not ready for that compliment yet. “Madonna is the queen. I have so much adoration for her. Being compared to her is unbelievably flattering, but in truth, there is no one that can compare with Madonna!”
What about Born This Way, her latest single that is creating waves as the new gay anthem? “Well, although the lyrics are quite simple, it’s quite complex in message. I wanted the song to be really direct. I didn’t want to sugarcoat it with metaphors. I didn’t want to do any poetic wizardry with the lyrics. I wanted to challenge ourselves to dream of this new utopia where we all live in harmony and be free of judgment,” says Gaga.
“I have had gay friends since I was very young. I have a tremendous gay fan base. Let society and young people know that they are just as valuable as anyone else. But it’s also not just about being gay. It’s just about this idea of equality for all,” explains the singer, known for her bizarre dressing.
However, she wasn’t always this style diva.
“As a kid, I had a big gap in my teeth, and I mean a really big gap. I would try to laugh it off and try to act like it didn’t bother me. But you go home in your room and you are by yourself, and you just cry. I also used to wear a lot of make up, so that would also be made fun of. My mother told me when we were young that we are all born superstars. She used to roll her hair and put her lipstick on. The songs I sing are so true in that sense. So I want my songs to engage people and help them fight back.”
Get to know Gaga
* Stage name: Lady Gaga (comes from Queen’s hit Radio Gaga)
* Real name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
* Age: 24
* Highest paid pop star of 2010, earned $3.5 million
* Industry friends: Beyonce and Rihanna
* Albums: The Fame, 2008, re-released as The Fame Monster in 2009, and Born This Way, releasing in May
* Chartbusters: Just Dance, Poker Face, Telephone, Bad Romance
* Twitter followers: 8,223,153 (highest among pop stars)
* Has 4 tattoos: on her wrist, her shoulder blade, her waist and her lower back
Gaga’s style statement
Her see-through latex nun’s outfit at a London concert earned a lot of flak
Wore a dress made of meat for the MTV Music Awards to make a political statement
Gaga posed as a male model, calling herself Jo Calderone, on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan
Amrita Tripathi is a reporter with CNN-IBN