Lady Gaga

Full Name: Lady Gaga
Hometown: New York, NY
Relationship Status: Engaged to Christian Carino
Birthday: March 28, 1986

Despite some of her outrageous fashion choices, Lady Gaga has always just been about the music.

Born in March 1986, the New York native (given name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) learned piano by the age of four, wrote her own songs by 13 and dropped out of New York University at 19 to pursue music full-time. She signed with Def Jam Records in 2005 but was dropped from the label three months later. To continue to make a name for herself ­ earning the nickname of “Gaga” that music producer Rob Fusari gave her after Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga” in comparing her vocal talent to the band’s iconic front-man Freddie Mercury ­ she performed in burlesque dance clubs in the Lower East Side.

Interscope Records eventually picked her up, and her debut album, The Fame, came out in August 2008. A slew of No. 1 dance hits followed, including “Poker Face,” in which Lady Gaga confronts her bisexuality. In November 2009, she released her second studio album The Fame Monster with eight new tracks — including her fifth No. 1 hit “Bad Romance” — originally meant for the re-release of The Fame.

In July 2010, Lady Gaga became the first living person on Facebook to have 10 million “fans.”