This year Lady Gaga had the world kneeling at her presence. From silencing the critics with her Sound of Music tribute to making her small screen debut as the blood-sucking Countess on American Horror Story: Hotel, 2015 was googoo for Gaga! Chosen as Billboard‘s Woman of the Year, the “Applause” singer proved that following your instinct is the best thing an artist could do.
Since her departure with Troy Carter, Gaga has been calling the shots! With the support of her current manager, Bobby Campbell, the “Woman of the Year” has been able to say “no” to anything that doesn’t suit her identity, which she credited as the key to finding her happiness at the Born This Way Foundation’s recent Emotion Revolution. In the interview with Billboard, Gaga spoke about this decision:
“It speaks volumes to me that I’m being recognized as Woman of the Year in 2015. This is the year I did what I wanted instead of trying to keep up with what I thought everyone else wanted from me.” She said.
That decision is a technique that the 29-year-old will definitely be bringing with her in her thirties. Having the full support of music legend Tony Bennett and recent engagement to actor and long time boyfriend Taylor Kinney, Gaga is serious when she says she’s going to “explode” into her thirties!
“I already mourned that in a way, and now I’m really excited about showing girls, and even men, what it can mean to be a woman in her thirties.
‘Why is it that we’re disposing of people once they pass that mark? It’s suddenly, ‘You’re an old woman.’ I’m not f**king old. I’m more sexual and powerful and intelligent and on my s**t than I’ve ever been.
‘I’ve come a long way through a lot of heartache and pain, but none of it made me damaged goods. It made me a fighter. I want to show women they don’t need to try to keep up with the 19-year-olds and the 21-year-olds in order to have a hit. Women in music, they feel like they need to f**king sell everything to be a star. It’s so sad. I want to explode as I go into my thirties.”
If 2015 is any indication of what we can expect from LG in the future, count us in! Here are 10 reasons Lady Gaga was chosen as Billboard‘s Woman Of The Year:
She won a Grammy with Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s duet album Cheek To Cheek took home a Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” at the 2015 Grammy Awards. This marked Gaga’s sixth Grammy award, her last came in 2011.
In February, Gaga got engaged to her long time boyfriend and Chicago Fire star, Taylor Kinney. The two met on the set of the “Yoü and I” music video and the rest is history! Gaga shared the news of their engagement on Instagram with a picture of the ring caption: “He gave me his heart on Valentine’s Day, and I said YES!”
Her Sound Of Music Tribute at the Academy Awards
After wrapping up her Cheek To Cheek tour, Gaga took to Instagram to give monsters all over the world a heart attack by captioning her selfie with “LG5 Time.” Since the historic selfie has been posted, Gaga teased the new music with silent videos of her at work in the studio. She even posted selfies with RedOne and Paul McCartney! Like, come on Gaga!
“Til It Happens To You”
Lady Gaga and Diane Warren teamed up to release this powerful video as a PSA about campus rape. The track was used for The Hunting Ground documentary on the subject. “Til It Happens To You” was the first of two songs released by Gaga this year and it definitely got people talking about the taboo subject.
She slays as The Countess in American Horror Story
Gaga stars as The Countess in the fifth season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology. Fans and haters of Gaga’s music agree that she slays the role of a blood-sucking hotel owner with an eye for fashion.
“I Want Your Love”
Last Month, Gaga released a cover of Chic’s classic “I Want Your Love” for Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer Collection! In addition to singing the track, Gaga also appeared in the Nick Knight directed video for the collection!
She won the Songwriters Hall of Fame Icon Award
The Contemporary Icon Award is for an artist “who has attained an iconic status in pop culture,” according to the hall. Not only was Gaga the first to receive this honor, but she helped inspire the award says Songwriters Hall of Fame President Linda Moran.
She launched an Emotion Revolution with Yale
On October 24 Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to launch the Emotion Revolution. During the daylong summit, Gaga spoke to a panel of students on the importance of emotions.
Her Sinatra100 performance
On Sunday night, Gaga closed the CBS special in celebration of music legend Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with her rendition of “New York.” Alicia Keys, Nick Jonas, and Usher were among the all-star lineup of Sinatra100!