Lady Gaga can do no wrong. When she was accused of ripping off of Madonna, Gaga got the singer’s blessing. Her career has often been compared to the pop queen’s, and seeing as how Gaga considers the singer her “sister”, it makes sense.
Gaga says she feels “connected to and inspired by” singers like Barbara Streisand, Cher and Blondie.
Gaga told The Advocate magazine: “They’re my sisters. I feel so connected to Madonna in a lot of ways, and I feel connected to Barbra, and I feel connected to Cher and Blondie and all of the women who came before me.
“I worshipped them my whole life, and I would never be where I am today without all of them to inspire me. I feel so grateful that I have such strong women to look up to.”
And it’s no secret that Gaga is regarded just as highly by her predecessors. Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry recently said of the singer:
“Gaga is truly talented and slightly mad. I find her encouraging. It’s such a conservative period in the US. We have even had attempts at censorship, which I find appalling and terrible. Artists like Gaga are necessary during periods like this.”
In response to recent claims that she’s using the LGBT community to sell records, Gaga said: "To say that I would use the gay community to sell records is probably one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me as a person.
“I would say the top thing I think about every single day of my life, other than my fans, loving the music, and my family being healthy, is social justice and equality.”