Lady Gaga Exits WME for CAA
Fresh off her Golden Globe win, Lady Gaga has signed with CAA in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned. She was previously with WME.
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.” Those 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 best song written for visual media category, 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 has spanned avant-garde dance-pop to 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 2009-2011 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 one million attendees across 24 countries.
Gaga also is a noted advocate of LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. Her non-profit Born This Way Foundation, established in 2012, encourages youth empowerment.