Lady Gaga has been honored with Billboard’s Woman Of The Year title and with all of her accomplishments in 2015 it’s not hard to see why!
From her stunning performance of “The Sound of Music” at the Oscars to her critically-acclaimed Cheek To Cheek tour with Tony Bennett to her starring role in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” Gaga has been very busy, but a Woman of The Year does so much more.
Beyond performing, Gaga became in involved with a number of causes including the efforts to end sexual assault on college campuses.
She continues to work with her own charity the Born This Way Foundation and gained a number of honors for her work as an artist and songwriter.
“It speaks volumes to me that I’m being recognized as Woman of the Year in 2015,” said Gaga in her interview. “This is the year I did what I wanted instead of trying to keep up with what I thought everyone else wanted from me.”
Check out some excerpts from the interview below! For the full interview head over to Billboard!
On entering her 30s:
“My birthday is in March, so these are the last moments of my 20s. I already mourned that in a way, and now I’m really excited about showing girls, and even men, what it can mean to be a woman in her 30s… I’m more sexual and powerful and intelligent and on my shit than I’ve ever been… I want to show women they don’t need to try to keep up with the 19-year-olds and the 21-year-olds in order to have a hit. I want to explode as I go into my 30s.”
On her Oscars performance:
“As soon as the Oscars were over, [former chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M] Jimmy Iovine emailed me something like, ‘That was so f*cking fantastic, and it could’ve been such a disaster.’ The truth is you can either nail a performance like that or butcher some of the most classic songs sung by an all-time great. I took the gamble because everyone had written me off.”
On taking a break from Pop music:
“At the end of 2014, my stylist asked, ‘Do you even want to be a pop star anymore?’ I looked at him and I go, ‘You know, if I could just stop this train right now, today, I would. I just can’t. [But] I need to get off now because I’m going to die.’ When you’re going so fast you don’t feel safe anymore, you feel like you’re being slapped around and you can’t think straight. But then I felt hands lifting me. It was like everybody came together to try and put a star back in the sky, and they weren’t going to let me down.”
On singing with Tony Bennett:
“There is nobody more badass than Tony Bennett. That man is a part of the history of music in a way that is extremely powerful, and he taught me to stay true to who I am, to not let anybody exploit me. He is responsible in so many ways for making me happy, and I can say the same for Elton [John]… I was born to sing with Tony and for him to be like, ‘Yes, you were.’ And so was Ella [Fitzgerald] and so was Judy [Garland]. It’s a party I’m thrilled to be invited to.”
On American Horror Story & the art of darkness:
“I’m not the type of girl who fits most molds. That’s why working on American Horror Story with Ryan [Murphy] is a destiny. I wanted to create something extremely meaningful by exploring the art of darkness… Ryan and I have both experienced the same sort of criticism over the intention of our work. My whole career has been built on this perception that I’m trying to evoke attention because of the things I’m interested in, when it’s not that way at all. I can put all my rage into that dark art, and then the rest of my life can be spent clearheaded, doing the things I know to be right, like philanthropy and sticking to my guns musically.”
On her career & why she won’t sell out:
“You can’t sell your soul once you make it. It’s a big mistake to just go after the money to try to stay on top. I think that’s what everyone wanted me to do… I would start to play and sing, and my mind would go, ‘You are way too talented for this shit… Why are you letting these people run you into the ground? When did you become the fashionable robot?’ Can’t being an artist be enough? Is talent ever the thing? But that’s what I learned from working with Tony: If talent isn’t the thing, then you are way off-base. That’s why every up and down of my career was worth it… it has led me to epiphanies.”