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Lady Gaga Edge Of Glory

In her 2011 Stern Show debut, Lady Gaga sat down at the piano and delivered a powerhouse performance of her hit song “The Edge of Glory” for Howard. Watch more music performances from inside the Howard Stern Show studio on the SiriusXM app 

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Stern Show Debut Peformance

Lady Gaga made her Stern Show debut with a live musician performance of “Edge Of Glory”.  The Grammy-winning recording artist sat down with Howard for a wide-ranging interview about her life, family, and rise to fame before putting on a concert right there in the studio.

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, told Howard she started playing piano at a very young age, first learning to play by ear and eventually taking lessons from a music teacher she said moonlighted as a stripper.

Clearly, the lessons paid off as her 2008 debut album “The Fame” had two different singles, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face,” reach No. 1 on the charts. But Gaga told Howard she’s never been in it for the fame or money—in fact, she still lives in a modestly-sized apartment and hadn’t splurged on anything beyond buying a Rolls Royce for her father, who’d always supported her music ambitions when she was young.

Later, Gaga sat down at the piano and wowed listeners with an in-studio rendition of “Hair” and “The Edge of Glory,” two songs from her new album “Born This Way” which went platinum in its first week of sales.

Before playing “The Edge of Glory,” the album’s closing ballad, Gaga opened up about the meaning behind the emotionally-charged song. “It’s about my grandfather,” she told Howard. “It’s about also knowing in your heart that you may never reach that glorious moment until you die. So, live life on the edge, halfway between heaven and hell, and let’s all dance in the middle in purgatory.”

Check out video of Lady Gaga’s stripped-down rendition of “The Edge of Glory” (above) and see more photos from her Stern Show visit (below).



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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, in New York City. She attended New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts but left to find creative expression. Her debut album, The Fame, was a huge success, and the single “Poker Face” topped charts in almost every category, in almost every country. Lady Gaga has since earned acclaim for subsequent albums, including a collaboration with Tony Bennett as well as her acting skills, nabbing a Golden Globe for her contributions to American Horror Story and an Oscar nomination for her co-starring role in A Star Is Born.

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Commercial Breakthrough

Stefani Germanotta’s (Lady Gaga) debut single, “Just Dance,” was released to radio in early 2008, and received both popular and commercial acclaim. The song was then nominated for a Grammy Award (for best dance recording) in 2008. The song lost to Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” but this didn’t keep Gaga from reaching No. 1 on the mainstream pop charts in January 2009. The second single off The Fame, “Poker Face,” earned Gaga even more success. The song topped singles charts in almost every category, and in almost every country. Both songs were produced by Akon’s affiliate RedOne, who co-wrote most of Lady Gaga’s album.

Later in 2008, Lady Gaga opened for the newly reformed New Kids on the Block. She also collaborated with them on the song “Big Girl Now” from the group’s album The Block. The following year, Gaga released an album of eight songs, The Fame Monster, followed by 2011’s Born This Way. In 2013, Lady Gaga released her third studio album, Artpop. The album didn’t resonate as strongly with her audience as her previous works. Among the shake-ups in her inner circle, she and her manager parted ways.

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