“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Last night was one for the books, especially for Lady Gaga, who took home the Young Artist Award at The Americans for The Arts 2015 National Arts Awards at Cipriani 42nd St. The songstress known better to us all as Lady Gaga was celebrated by her art world peers including The Museum of Modern Art’s Klaus Biesenbach, who introduced the award winner.
Gaga accepted her award in a windy, unscripted 10-minute speech holding back tears.
“While art can make you foolish and wild, it has also always been a warm blanket for me to admire, something I knew that would always be there for me. It was always the byproduct, the unicorn, the fantasy that arose from whatever struggle I was experiencing, whatever torment I possessed. So I’m here today to say thank you so much to all of you for honoring me with this, because I don’t think there is a single award that is more meaningful to me than this one,”
she said with her parents looking on.
“I am here tonight because not only have you accepted me, but you have accepted somebody that is actually not Lady Gaga,” she added. “My name is Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta. I am an Italian-American artist living in New York City. I was not born blonde, like my mother will have you believe. I, over time, watched so many movies, and read so many books, and made so much art, and met so many sculptors, filmmakers, prose writers, musicians, and sidewalk artists that I invented something that was much stronger than I could have been on my own.”