Lady Gaga Accepts Billboard’s Woman Of The Year Award


Lady Gaga stunned at Billboard’s Women in Music event in New York on Friday.

Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) showed up arm in arm with fiancé Taylor Kinney wearing a shiny silver two-piece ensemble.

Her star power is obvious and evident as she posed for photos in front of a dozen photographers. The biggest honor of the night went to Gaga, but she was sure to share the spotlight, inviting her Cheek To Cheek co-star Tony Bennett to join her for part of press time.


Bennett was spotted giving Gaga a kiss and telling Access Hollywood she is “a wonderful artist that will sustain through the years. She’ll be as big- as far as I’m concerned- as Elvis Presley was.” Gaga laughed and responded, “Oh Tony! Tell Tony to pipe down! I think I’ll settle for a career – period- and the one I have, I’m very happy to have.”

The speech

Her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, introduced Gaga, telling a story of how her daughter learned to walk by grabbing the leg of the family piano, “and in the process managed to reach the keys,” And the rest is history… “four years later, she was playing by ear,” she said via Billboard.

Of course, Gaga changed into a red hot outfit before taking the stage. Ahead of her speech, Gaga gave a touching performance of the song she co-wrote with Diane Warren titled “Til It Happens to You,” a tune calling attention to rape on college campuses from the film The Hunting Ground.

After the piano-pounding performance of the heartfelt ballad, Gaga dove into her touching speech. She admits it is “really hard sometimes for women in music. It’s like a fucking boys club that we just can’t get into.”

“Sorry, Grandma,” she said realizing she dropped the F-bomb.

“Women provide a wisdom to music that is very unique and special,” she continued. “It is a perspective no one else can have because we bear life. And because we go through things no one else goes through. And because it’s right. Because we’re all equal.”

And for all of the doubters? “I couldn’t wait to prove you wrong. Because I may not be a lot of things, but I can write songs, and I can sing.”

Her message

The event comes a day after the news Gaga was nominated for a Golden Globe and her appearance at a New York Times TimesTalk on Thursday where she opened up about dealing with the traumatic aftermath after being raped by a producer she worked with years ago.

“Because of the way that I dress and the way that I’m provocative as a person, I thought that I had brought it upon myself in some way. There was some sort of, maybe religious guilt attached to it that I had somehow inspired the violence.”

“I didn’t know how to even think about it. I didn’t know how to accept it,” she said. “I didn’t know how not to blame myself, or think it was my fault. It’s something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely even it changed my body, it changed my thoughts.”

“When you go through a trauma like that, it doesn’t just have the…immediate physical ramifications on you. For many people it has almost like trauma,” she added. “When you re-experience it throughout the years after it, it can trigger patterns in your body of physical distress, so a lot of people suffer from not just emotional and mental pain, but physical pain as a result of being abused, raped, or traumatized in some type of way.”

She’s encouraging others who have dealt with a similar experience to be brave.

“It’s so important to that we take care of them,” she said. “The aftermath of this is so magnificent and what I really hope with this song and with our collaboration is that we help people to feel loved after it happens.”


Billboard Women in Music will air on Lifetime Dec. 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET.