My initial surprise quickly turned to guilt as I realised I had definitely dismissed her around 2009 as ‘just another pop star’ who made headlines for wearing a dress made of meat.
This is, of course, entirely on me. For loyal Gaga fans, her talent – the kind that comes along perhaps once in a generation – had been visible from the outset.
They watched as she reinvented herself, sung about LGBTQI rights, and even stripped her whole image down to release a series of soulful ballads in her album Joanne.
They knew she was the real deal who was masterfully playing the game. A game which has won her six Grammys, several Guinness world records, and a place on Time’s list of most influential people in the last 10 years.
Gaga is also one of the best selling music artists in history.
Since A Star is Born was released, and has been met with commercial and critical success, a clip of Gaga from 2005 has reemerged.
Then known as Stefani Germanotta, the video features her at Ultra Violet Live, New York University’s annual talent show.
The footage was posted to YouTube in 2009 and has amassed more than seven million views.
Her outstanding voice, it would seem, has been there since the beginning.
Interestingly, Germanotta who was 18 at the time, was only awarded third place, though one of the judges is reported to have said, “Norah Jones, look out”.
After watching A Star is Born, it was this Gaga I recognised.
It is easy to entirely disregard yet another blonde pop star, who found fame with a hit called ‘Just Dance’, and once made headlines because of a much blown out of proportion feud with Madonna.
But Gaga is not just another pop star. And as this clip reminds us, she never was.
Listen to Rachel Corbett, Holly Wainwright and Leigh Campbell debrief on one of the biggest movies of the year, A Star is Born.