A Star Is Born: Why 2019 Is Lady Gaga's Year
A mere decade ago, newcomer Lady Gaga was on the top of the charts with hits like Pokerface and Just Dance, and often labelled a “one-trick pony” and “one-hit wonder” by many in the industry. Her outrageous outfits, costumes and characters, every time she stepped out, delighted her legion of fans, but raised eyebrows in the industry. Many people mocked her and refused to take her seriously, but Lady Gaga, as it turns out, had a plan all along.
Fast forward ten years later, and she’s bigger, better and more popular than ever before. In recent years her Sound of Music tribute at the 2016 Grammy Awards and her show stopping performance at the 2017 Superbowl gained her worldwide recognition and acclaim, but it was her role in 2018’s A Star Is Born that finally gained her respect from both the worlds of music and film. Thanks to the Bradley Cooper-directed film, Gaga managed to break both the music and film charts, but in 2019 she’ll finally be reaping in the much-deserved awards.
Gaga and Bradley’s A Star Is Born duet, Shallow, has already made the Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song. The contenders in nine categories for the 2019 Academy Awards were released all together on Monday, 17 December, for the first time in the ceremony’s history, as Academy members prepare to vote again to narrow down the lists ahead of the main nominations announcement on 22 January.
And when those main nominations are made, it is widely accepted (and expected) that Gaga will be nominated for Best Actress. Of the 63 people who have gone home with at least two Oscars on the same evening, only four of them have been women. Lady Gaga could well become the fifth woman to make history at the Academy Awards with wins for both Best Actress and Best Original Song.
Bradley and Gaga are also both up for top honours at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Cooper is nominated for Outstanding Performanceby a Male Actor, while Gaga is in contention for the equivalent female honour.
Then there’s the Critic’s Choice Awards. It’s worth noting that prizes handed out at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards were almost identical to those presented at the Oscars, with 17 of 19 major categories matching up at both ceremonies. And as expected, Gaga is once again up for Best Actress, where she’ll be competing against the likes of Emily Blunt, Glenn Close, Toni Collette and Olivia Colman.
Needless to say, after only one major role, Gaga is being taken seriously as a film actress. Something we can imagine makes Madonna green with envy.
Thanks to a string of hits over the past decade, Lady Gaga is no stranger to the Grammy Awards. In fact, she’s raked in 24 nominations, and won six already. And thanks to the success of the A Star Is Born soundtrack, we have a feeling she’s going to be adding to that list.
Following the recent nominations announcement, Gaga’s Shallow is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo and Best Song Written for Visual Media. She also scored an unexpected fifth nomination in the Best Pop Solo Performance category for Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?).
The winners of the 61st annual Grammy Awards will be announced on 8 February at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. By the sounds of it, we hope Gaga’s got space for more awards on her mantlepiece, because she’s going to need it.
Let’s not forget Gaga is also a fashion icon. In 2019, Gaga will join Harry Styles, Serena Williams and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele as the co-chairs of the iconic Met Gala in New York.
The annual event, dubbed the style Oscars, is overseen by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who selects the celebrity committee that will serve as very special guests. And her class of 2019 will feature two pop superstars, one who will hopefully have an Oscar by the Met Gala for her role in A Star is Born, and a tennis ace.
The 6 May gala also has a theme - ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, based on Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, Notes on Camp.
Gaga has attended the invite-only Met Gala multiple times in the past, but now that she’ll be a co-chair, we imagine she’ll pull out ALL the stops for her outfit.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
With so much on her plate, you’d think Gaga is sitting back and soaking up the moment. Well, you’d be thinking wrong. During all of the 2019 madness, Gaga is staying true to her pop star routes by signing up to perform a two-year Las Vegas residence, which kicks off this week.
Here’s the thing: she’ll actually be performing two DIFFERENT shows during her stint in Vegas – a pop show called Enigma, and an intimate jazz and piano concert. This is a first for any artist who’s ever done a Vegas residency, and Enigma is said to be “unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.”
Not surprisingly, the first batch of concert dates sold out in record time, and more shows had to be added due to popular demand.
Fortunately, it’s not just Gaga’s career that’s thriving. Her personal life is doing just as well. In fact, it’s expected that she’ll be walking down the aisle in 2019!
Lady Gaga is said to be ecstatic about her future wedding with fiancé Christian Carino. ET reported last February that Gaga and Carino were dating, and she confirmed in October that she and the talent agent were engaged. The source says they have “definitely talked about a wedding,” and will start planning once Gaga can take some time away from her busy schedule to plan it.
“Christian loves to make her happy and he is so proud of her success,” the source says. “He is patient because he was a huge influence in her doing the film to begin with. The amazing thing about their relationship is that he understands her work and career and he is there to guide her.” Known for her eclectic yet graceful style, her wedding, not to mention wedding dress, will most likely wow everyone.
Where she’ll find the time to plan her big day in-between collecting awards and performing a sell-out show, only Gaga knows. All we know is that we’ll be watching in anticipation and cheering for her.