Glamorously gaudy, a post-modern diva stitched together from elements of Madonna, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga was the first true millennial superstar. Mastering the constant connection of the internet era, Gaga generated countless mini-sensations through her style, videos, and music, cultivating a devoted audience she dubbed "Little Monsters." It wasn't just a cult that turned her 2008 manifesto The Fame into a self-fulfilling prophecy: Gaga crossed over into the mainstream, ushering out one pop epoch and kick-starting a new one, quickly making turn-of-the-century stars seem old-fashioned. Quite a trick for any artist to pull off, but especially impressive for an artist who specialized in repurposing the past for present use, creating sustainable pop for a digital world. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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