Lady Gaga is an original artist, to say the least. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in 1986, this American singer-songwriter began her musical career at an early age. She wrote ballads at 13, made her first stage appearances at 14 and studied music at 17 at New York’s Tisch School of the Arts. She signed her first contract with Def Jam records and then sang with the Mackin Pulsifier group and SGBand. When music producer Rob Fusari first spotted her, he compared her vocal style to that of Freddy Mercury, which is why he called her Lady Gaga (for the song Radio Ga Ga). She wrote for Britney Spears, the New Kids on the Block as well as the Pussycat Dolls before releasing her first album, The Fame. The single Just Dance ranked number 1 in many countries. Followed by Poker Face, which became a worldwide hit, with Paparazzi and Love Game also successful. In 2009, Lady Gaga released her second album, The Fame Monster, which featured new hits such as Bad Romance, Alejandro, Monster, etc. Born This Way, the singer's third album released in 2011, with Judas in particular, confirmed Lady Gaga's supremacy in the pop world. Then came Artpop and Cheek to Cheek. Eccentric artist Lady Gaga tours the world with massive shows à la Madonna rather than traditional concerts. During this period, Gaga ventured into acting, playing leading roles in the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and the critically acclaimed musical drama A Star Is Born (2018), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also contributed to the soundtrack, which received a BAFTA for Best Film Music and made her the only woman to achieve five US number one albums in the 2010s. Its lead single, "Shallow", earned Gaga both the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.