See photos from Lady Gaga’s Billboard Woman of the Year cover shoot.
‘I Want to Explode Into My 30s’
"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. Women in music, they feel like they need to f—ing sell everything to be a star. It’s so sad. I want to explode as I go into my 30s."
‘I Took a Gamble Because Everyone Had Written Me Off’
"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," says Lady Gaga of singing a medley from The Sound of Music at the Oscars in February. "I took the gamble because everyone had written me off."
‘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."
"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."
‘When Did You Become the Fashionable Robot?’
"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. But I’m a different kind of girl, and when being different is not in style it’s hard for me to function."
‘Let Us Purify This Industry’
“I call on every artist to be kind to one another, and compassionate. Let us purify this industry again and put our finger in the face of every executive and say, ‘If you are spending money, is it on someone who can really sing? Is it on someone who has a perspective?’"
‘I’m Probably Just the Most Romantic’
"That’s the thing that scares people the most about me — of all of my contemporaries, I’m probably just the most romantic. Especially in a world where music education is not the biggest thing. Kids become depressed when they are born with a creative instinct but are not taught how to express it."