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To celebrate Mother Monster's 25th Birthday we take a look at 25 career highlights so far.
Lady Gaga, better known as Stefani Germanotta, learned to play the piano at the tender age of four. By 13 she had penned her first ballad. She is pictured here at the New York private 'Convent of the Sacred Heart' Catholic school where she was apparently teased over her eccentric style. Pic: Splash News
Lady Gaga looks a shadow of the blonde stage performer we have all come to know and love. A natural brunette during her youth, Gaga recently revealed her hair has started falling out because she dyes it so much. She apparently initially dyed her hair so she wasn't confused with Amy Winehouse.
After making her TV debut on the MTV prank show 'Boiling Points' back in 2004, Gaga was seen performing live early on in her career at a rock club in New York two years later.
Following her first Number One hit 'Just Dance', her second consecutive chart topper 'Poker Face' went on to become the biggest selling digital single of 2009 clocking up over 1 million sales. It has also sold over 9.8 million copies worldwide.
Lady Gaga's 'Monster Ball' tour came out of nowhere at the tail end of 2009 after a joint jaunt with Kanye West was axed at the final hour. Dubbed the 'first ever electro-pop orchestra', the tour kicked off just four days after 'The Fame Monster' was released. In these early stages Gaga was apparently seen putting the final touches to the stage less than an hour before showtime.
During her tour of the UK, GaGa also took time out to perform at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball at London's O2 Arena in December 2009 with an unforgettable performance which saw her make three costume changes.
Lady Gaga capped off a huge year in 2009 by accepting a royal invitation to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool in December. For the show, which saw her sport a giant red Elizabethan dress, the singer was hoisted 30 feet in the air as she got behind a piano suspended by huge legs for 'Speechless'.
When the second leg of the 'Monster Ball' tour crossed the globe at the turn of 2010 it was heavily revamped. The biggest change was the introduction of a storyline set in New York where Gaga and her friends lost their way in several scenarios as they tried to reach the 'Monster Ball'. Costume changes got weirder and even more extravagant with the 'Bad Romance' singer making five changes throughout her set.
The singer was picking up celebrity fans by the bucketload at the turn of 2010. At the 52nd Grammy Awards, the singer teamed up with her latest admirer Elton John onstage as they both caked themselves in mud. The pair battled it out at the piano with Elton singing 'Your Song', and 'Gaga' performing 'Speechless'. She walked away with two awards that night - Dance Recording for 'Poker Face' and Dance Album for her debut 'The Fame'.
Lady Gaga teamed up with Cyndi Lauper for a campaign close to her heart in February 2010 - Aids Awareness. The pair launched a lipstick range for MAC AIDS Fund's Viva Glam campaign, which donates 100 percent of its proceeds from the sale of lipstick and lip gloss to the global fight against AIDS and HIV.
When Lady Gaga featured in a 'Kill Bill' meets 'Thelma And Louise' style film with Beyonce for her 2010 single 'Telephone', fans literally went gaga, clocking up half a million views within 12 hours. The controversial music video was full of nudity, product placement and bad language. To date it has had over 35 million hits on YouTube.
Lady Gaga caused another shock when she stage dived into the crowd at last year's Lollapalooza festival in nothing more than an all in one fishnet costume. 'I was so excited because I hadn't crowd surfed in a long time so I thought why not,' she shrugged.
Lady Gaga shocked everyone last September when she turned up at the MTV Video Music Awards in a 'raw meat' outfit. Animal rights campaigners were outraged but the singer hit back saying she wore it in protest at the way the US army treats gay soldiers. Gaga claimed eight awards that night including Best Collaboration with Beyonce for 'Telephone'.
Following her meat dress antics, the singer turned her protest political as she took to the stands to make a special speech during the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Grassroots Rally in Portland. She spoke for 20 minutes calling the army's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, which prevents personnel from revealing their sexuality, "unjust" and "wrong".
In October 2010, Lady Gaga appeared at the 'We Are Plastic Ono Band' gig in Los Angeles wearing a see-through catsuit and massive platform boots. She performed live with the widow of John Lennon, her son Sean and Sonic Youth. A tweet from GaGa at the time read: 'WE ARE PLASTIC ONO. I got to sit in as a guest musician tonight, what a legendary band + mother, Yoko.'
After clocking up over 89,000 air miles across 159 shows throughout 2010, Gaga's accolades continued to mount. She was voted number seven on the list of hardest working music acts of the year.
Lady Gaga often has her tattoos on show. She is rumoured to have at least eight that are visible. The singer recently revealed that she only tatoos herself down the left side of her body to keep her dad happy. 'My father asked that I remain on one side slightly normal' she said.
The eccentric star was the talk of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards earlier this year when she made an extravagant entrance on the red carpet inside a giant egg. She was later seen emerging from the egg for a spectacular stage performance of her chart topping hit single 'Born This Way'.
She spent much of the ceremony with Will Smith and his daughter Willow Smith. 'I actually know Will and I love Willow, and I actually told her that she inspired me to whip my hair back and forth on stage,' she said in reference to the 10-year-old's own chart topping single.
As the party rolled on at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards Lady Gaga teamed up with her 'Telephone' sidekick Beyonce backstage. Usher also joined in the fun.
Lady Gaga's overall Grammy haul continues to grow and currently stands at five over two ceremonies at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, including three at the most recent event.
Lady Gaga was brought to tears when she recently performed 'Born This Way' with 10-year-old singer and YouTube Sensation Maria Aragon during a 'Monster Ball' concert in Toronto. Gaga brought her up onstage twice to perform the hit.
Always one for extravagant and outrageous costume changes, Lady Gaga made her catwalk debut in Paris recently as part of French designer Thierry Mugler's Fall-Winter ready-to-wear 2012, fashion collection.
When 'Born This Way' hit Malaysia, the song was censored. Outspoken as always, she urged fans to 'protest peacefully' at the decision and demanded that radio stations play the full version. 'All the young people in Malaysia that want those words to be played on the radio, it is your job and it is your duty as young people to have your voices heard,' she said. 'You must do everything that you can if you want to be liberated by your society.'
When the singer heard about the Japan earthquake and tsunami earlier this month she decided to design a special bracelet which she sold to fans online to help aid victims of the tragedy. The last time we looked she'd raised over $1.5 million (£937,500).