Whether she was born that way or is just a brilliant creation – an ingenious splice of Grace Jones, Madonna, Elton John, David Bowie, Donatella Versace, Andy Warhol and a host of other musical, cultural and pop icons of the 70s and 80s, there is no one that can deny that 2011 was the year of Gaga. She is all those influences, stirred the melting pot of New York City and poured out for the world to admire. And doesn’t hurt that the girl can truly sing and bang out on those ivories.
Already becoming an icon in her own right, Lady Gaga cemented her status as the Grand Dame of pop music when she released Born This Way in May 2011. The album debuted in the top five spots in every major market and sold 1.108 million copies in the first week. The album’s title track became the fastest selling single in iTunes history. By year’s end, Born This Way had sold over 8 million copies and received three Grammy Award nominations. As she stood with Mayor Bloomberg to drop the famous Times Square ball on New Year’s Eve, legions of “Little Monsters” wait on bated breath to see what Mama Monster will do this year. What ever it will be, I’m sure she won’t disappoint them, her detractors and the rest of the universe.
Here is a look at the best of Lady Gaga’s videos for 2011: