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The American Horror Story: Hotel star delivered an emotional speech at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night to accept the award for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries, admitting, “I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer, but music worked out first.”
Her musical accomplishments include more than 146 million singles and more than 27 million albums sold, plus six Grammy awards and a current nomination in the category of best song written for visual media for co-writing (with Diane Warren) “Til It Happens to You” from the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground.
Honored as Billboard’s Woman of the Year last month, Gaga’s look and sound have spanned avant-garde dance-pop, traditional jazz and American standards, as evidenced by 2014’s Grammy-winning best traditional pop vocal album Cheek to Cheek, her collection of duets with Tony Bennett. Their corresponding televised concert Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! also received an Emmy nomination for outstanding variety special last year.
As a live performer, Gaga’s 2009-11 Monster Ball Tour became the world’s highest-grossing tour for a first-time headliner ($227.4 million), while her subsequent Born This Way Ball was 2012’s sixth-highest-grossing tour ($124.9 million) and 2014’s ArtRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball drew more than 1 million attendees across 24 countries.
Gaga also is a noted advocate of LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. Her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation, established in 2012, encourages youth empowerment.
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