Here's a powerhouse like none other. Despite her battles with in her professional and personal life, Lady Gaga's sheer grit got her where she is today.
It is a star-studded evening and one of the biggest events of the year. It's also the night when many get to live their dream, as they walk home with the coveted golden statue, but one particular winner has created history this year, showing the world how a strong woman with a sensitive side can conquer it all.
On the Oscars night of February 24,, Lady Gaga won the gold for co-writing the original song "Shallow" for her movie A Star is Born. But little did she know then that she had also created history. The 32-year-old singer had also become the first person to win a Grammy, an Oscar, BAFTA, AND the Golden Globe, making her the first ever person to bag all four awards in the same year.
Lady Gaga kick-started her enviable streak of wins this awards season by winning "Best Original Song" for "Shallow" at the Golden Globes in January. She went on to win "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for "Shallow" with Bradley Cooper at the 61st GRAMMY Awards as well as "Best Song Written For Visual Media". The star was also nominated for two BAFTA awards — "Best Actress In a Leading Role" and "Best Film Music" — winning the latter. This Oscar win comes at the heels of her Grammy and BAFTA win.
Lady Gaga's Oscar acceptance speech is what gives insight into the person she is and her never-say-die attitude. According to Elle, in a tearful but inspiring speech, the singer said, "It's not about winning. What it's about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it." She went on to say that this was about "discipline for passion" and it doesn't matter how many times you falter, make mistakes or fall down, it is about how many times you stand up and move on.
Lady Gaga has had her ups and downs in her profession as well as personal life. According to Forbes, she has nine Grammys, a BAFTA, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Billboard crowned her Artist of the Year in and Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2015. But when she had just started out, the singer was dropped by Island Def Jam, a record label group, shortly after being signed on. Stephanie, as she was known back then, went back to performing burlesque at local New York City gigs. It was almost a year before she finally got an audition. It was with a record label, Interscope head Jimmy Lovine who signed her and gave her the persona that she embodies and flaunts today — Lady Gaga.
The conviction in her voice when she made the Oscar speech is extremely heartening because she has shown us that she’s been through it all, “worked hard for a long time” and emerged triumphant. The artist has also been very vocal about her struggles with mental health, having opened up about suffering from PTSD in the past. But the win has only proven to her legions of fans, or "lil monsters" as she likes to call them, that nothing in the world has the power to stop you. You don’t have to just survive, you can thrive and flourish as well.
In her Grammys 2019 speech as well, she spoke about mental health, as per Glamour. She used her speech to talk about the importance of reaching out for help. “They're so important. And a lot of artists deal with that, and we've got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that's hurting, don't look away. And if you're hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you.”