The up-and-coming princess of pop, Lady Gaga, came face to face with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and both women seemed delighted by the introduction.
Gaga and Miley Cyrus were among the performers who put on a show for Queen Elizabeth II and her husband at Britain's Royal Variety Performance at an opera house in Blackpool, England, on Monday.
The ever-reserved monarch reportedly giggled when Gaga bowed and shook her hand, which is exactly the reaction most would have upon shaking hands with Lady Gaga!
The long red dress and 20-foot long cloak Gaga donned for her audience with Her Majesty looked almost Elizabethan, save for the fact that it was made from synthetic PVC, a material frequently used as the insulation on electrical wires.
During Lady Gaga's performance of "Speechless," she sat atop a swing suspended 30 feet in the air as she played a piano held up on giant stilts. According to the United Kingdom's Daily Mirror newspaper, Lady Gaga's performance had to be toned down, and she was forced to drop a "suicide act" from her performance.
Other performers on the event's bill were Bette Midler, Mika and Michael Buble.
The event benefited the Queen's Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund, which provides funds for entertainers in need of medical or financial aid.
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Those who are knocking Lady Gaga are either deaf, blind, stupid, jealous, or some combination of those handicaps - as well as others, too numerous to mention.
Lady Gaga is an artist who is at once attractive, intelligent and well-spoken. Her bizarre clothing sense only highlights the depth of her public and professional personae. She is Madonna 2.0, and will be around and popular for as long as she is willing to take the stage.
I still can't believe people call her that name without breaking out in laughter. I refuse to even type it. I don't like her, other people like her, so what, who cares. But everyone has to admit what a stupid stage name. From now on I want to be called Man Poopoo without being ridiculed. "Hey Man Poopoo, how are you today?", "Not bad, thanks for asking"...etc. – all done without any thought of how ridiculous my name is.
Who in the heck subjected the Queen to be part of lady gaga's circus? Why don't we take the band of no talent 15 minute famers like gaga and lambert and drop them off in Afghanistan. I'm sure bin laden would come running out of his hell hole!
This is a woman truly deserving of the title....artist!
Ten years from now, we will all look back and be amazed at the accomplishments of Lady Gaga! We are in the midst of witnessing the evolution of a true musical original. I will see the "lady" live , in concert on Jan. 14th....and I can't wait!
I wouldn't exactly call Lady Gaga a "flash in the pan". She's the first artist to have 4 number ones on a debut album and it looks like she may have at least 2 or 3 off of her sophomore effort. She's selling out shows across the US, Canada and Europe. She actually writes her own songs, sings LIVE, is a technically trained musician and paid her dues getting to where she is at today. She did not arrive via a reality show or through family ties or connections. I personally think she makes pop music fun again and I look forward to her creativity and talented expressionism in the years to come. We love you, Ms. Germanotta.
I agree, Jennifer..."We Americans have no respect for other cultures, countries, etc." Americans have trouble understanding that there is a world outside of themselves. Maybe because it's "the great American melting pot"... so many cultures that there is no ONE American culture. I'm an American who lives in Europe and I understand the importance of "royalty" and tradition... culture. Europe is THOUSANDS of years old and loaded with culture. America is a very young nation.
@ Sara: "Has the Queen ever met Ozzy Osbourne?"
Yes. See No. 30 at
You said "The Queen...has done nothing for me as an American." Well, I'm sorry to break it to you, but were it not for the Queen and her forefathers, there wouldn't BE an America today....It was the first Queen Elizabeth who established the first English settlement in Virginia.
In return, that State was named in her honour (Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen). American law and constitution were are all based on British and French Civil laws... much of whom were cultivated and implemented throughout history by various Kings and Queen... most notably King Henry VIII and Queen Victoria.
So, America owes a heck of a lot to the Crown, and you as a fellow American should respect to the Crown and its history.
As for electing a black president, that's really not relevant to what we're talking about here... but if you wanted to compare the pros and cons of a republic versus a constitutional monarchy, then that's another argument, something you should look into. In a constitutional parliamentary democracy, the Prime Minister is in the House of Commons every day answering questions from the opposition, and he's held accountable. I don't see that happening with your president. I could go down a whole list, but I won't.
Lady GaGa is one unique person.
"Have some respect for something greater than yourselves."
Excuse me, the queen (tee-hee!) of England has done nothing for me as an American, so why should I be calling her Royal Highness or Majesty or whatever grandiose title? I criiticize my own president, but this tax-sucking British monarch is immune to criticism and worthy of my adulation? Nah! Democracy dictates that we are all equal. A black man can become president of the most powerful on earth. Can a lowly peasant even ever rise worthy enough to wash the feet of Elizabeth? Guess not. Even the prime minister of UK is merely a subject of this queen (tee-hee!). What a shame. British concept of democracy is everyone is equal for as long as the queen is considered a God while all others are mere mortals. RIDICULOUS!!!
I am fascinated by all these snitty comments as to what a person should or should not call the Queen – Her Royal Highness or Her Majesty. This is America. We can call her whatever the hell we want. I think Elizabeth sounds nice. That is how I shall refer to her.
We Americans have no respect for other cultures, countries, etc. Every comment I have read on this blog has something bad to say about Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. England has been just fine with its current system of government for well over 1,000 years. Can we say the same? Have some respect for something greater than yourselves. If people in other countries acted so disrespectfully to our President, we would be aghast and want apologies....maybe the Queen should demand the same from you all.
As for Lady Gaga...like all entertainers, her time will pass at some point, but I see nothing wrong with her having her moment in the sun.
Lady Gaga is very talented. She is not a One-Hit Wonderer...but have several hits to her credit. As for the Queen, let the people keep paying high taxes for her highness...i'd rather enjoy paying less for good music!
On what planet is getting assassinated and killed (which isn't what happened in the video) porn?
Regardless of whether you like her music or not, it takes TALENT to be able to play the piano well. That is not an opinion, that is a fact. I don't have to enjoy certain types of music to understand it takes talent to be able to play the instruments. It also takes talent to be able to sing well live. I don't like lots of singers, but again I recognize that it takes effort, time and talent to be able to hold notes live while dancing, etc. A quick glance at youtube will tell anyone who wants to be educated about how hard it is that there are plenty of talentless people out there.
Also, what is with all the whining about artists supporting other artists? If you're as concerned as you pretend to be on the internet about people who are still having issues as a result of Katrina or other tragedies, then get off your duff and do something about it. Stop critisizing other people for picking charities that matter to them. Seriously people, no wonder the world is so negative.
So why all this debate about Lady Gaga having to observe decorum in front of this old hag? Oh, she is queen, really? Queen of a nation of hallucinating Brits maybe, but the rest of the world can't care less. I will not bow to anyone, not even to the US president, who is far more important and more powerful. So tell me why we should be talking about how to properly address her and walk on eggshells around her. WAs she chosen by her people? No, she was born to her position, and any ordinary person who wields that much money and arrogate that much power and fame upon himself or herself could have done just as good or not better. This is how farcical democracy works in Britain. How can you say there is equality when everyone is merely a lowly subject to this pampered white elephant, or in this case an old cow? I wish Lady Gaga showed her what it means to be a real achiever, a real rebel and shocked her just like she usually shocked an ordinary human. And I wish this queen (tee-hee!) screamend her guts out.
Never a believer in monarchy. Whatever Elizabeth is as human as anybody else and does not deserve all this adulation. What makes her special? Just because she was born to royalty does not make her any different than the panhandler in the street. All this debate about her title and how to address her is ridiculous. How about... her amazing ordinariness... or her disappointing homeliness. The Brits are paying this woman with taxes just to be a matriarch of a family that has brought nothing but scandal and humiliation to a star-struck nation. Shameful!
i never understood why so many modern musicians dress like they live in a science fiction movie.
Two people who are only famous because people like paying money to see valueless clowns. Glad they could meet and share tips on bilking stupid Brits and Americans.
Really? Who really cares what the Queen is called? Half of Great Britain wants to do away with the monarch anyway. We would probably just call her granny and let it go at that. Monarchs are a thing of the past! Get over it.
Why is an American bowing to the Queen of England? American Revolutionaries must be rolling in their graves!
listening to lady gaga is my most guilty pleasure. I just want to dance in a big discotech everytime it comes on and drink red bull vodka
I am a 50 year old grandma who thinks Lady GaGa is awesome.She has so much talent.She could have been some trite performer.but she is one of a kind.Her dances and vocals are great.She really does not give a damn if some dont accept her Rock on Lady GaGa proud to be one of ur little monsters
WARNING TO PARENTS: I watched several of her videos after my 12 yr old told me she was assassinated in "Papparzzi" and then killed her boyfriend. It's nothing short of soft porn. Don't let your kids consume this swill!
Lady Gaga is a character, played by an entertainer who can sing, dance, play the piano, compose her own music, and design her own costumes. These are facts.
When I see Lady Gaga on stage I know that I'm watching Stefani Germanotta performing her act. I respect Stefani for her ability to pull all the elements of the arts together into sensory stimulating, intricately detailed performances.
Speaking to the topic of her entertaining the Queen, it sounds as if the show was conceptually all-new and quite a spectacle. I'm very excited that I'll also be in her audience when she comes to San Diego in less than two weeks.
I have been watching Lady Gaga closely ever since she abruptly popped in to the music scene. I've been watching her behavior in talk shows, her performances and all of the silly outfits she adorns herself with.
Being an outstanding judge of character, myself, for decades, I can see she will one day be a "has been" in the not too distant future.
I don't like her attitude, nor do I like her look and I'm sure many will agree with me. Dressing like she does, with the attitude she has, to me screams out the words: "I BADLY AND SOOOOO DESPERATELY NEED ATTENTION!!"
Well, so be it... for now, anyway.
But, it will not last. Mark my words.
Her royal highness, her majesty, who cares? don't you have better things to do... not as if she earned any title, other than being born. Thank God I'm an American, where we earn what we have!
Lady GaGa is amazing. I have no doubt she will be around for a long long time and will be bigger than even Madonna Cher, etc. And so much classier!!
My advice to you, Todd Leopold, is that if your two UK natives told you that the queen is referred to colloquially as HRH, you find two more knowledgeable natives! The queen is never referred to as HRH except by people who don't know better.
HM has been on a 'throne' for over 50 years.....not a 'thrown'.
Well big ups to lady GAGA and congradulations you have finally made it. Because it does not get any bigger then that or any higher so girlfriend do by all means count your blessings. And consider yourself receiving a gift a present like no other for not even you are worthy but when you work hard as you do then it never goes on with out showing for you truly earned it. A job well done you go girl congradulations and I throught your red dress was cute as a button.Now smile because it will be easy sailing from here on so do enjoy it and continue to live it up.Your Fan love always LadyLuck99.
No, Tisha, people that don't think Lady Gaga has talent have an OPINION, just like you have one. She sings well, but her ridiculous antics turn a lot of people off and really don't showcase her singing skills very well. It would help if people like you didn't state their opinion as if it were fact.
Lady Gaga sure is a freak show. She and Bjork should get together and have a beer.
Garbage artist in an era of garbage music. Unimpressive.
Anyone who believes that Gaga has no talent is living in a world of obscurity. The girl has more talent than most entertainers these days, and she doesn't conform to some label like a lot of people. Anyone thinking that Taylor Swift, Britney Spears or others besides them has talent really has their musical tastes completely askewed.
The girl plays piano. She sings live without lipsyncing. She has artistic vision. Yet people believe she has no talent or she's a passing fancy?
Give me a break. I imagine a lot of people out there with a negative viewpoint of her are the same people who support artists who are about as artistic as a five year old.
I'm sure Lilabeth will get over the gafu on her HRH status, Gosh darn it! She's been maj for a long long time.
Who cares how HM, HRH, blah blah is referred to? Not only are monarchies antiquated, completely useless and unnecessary, the best description of "royalty" is reverence without the requisite of merit.
To all those saying Lady Gaga has no talent, according to Billboard she is the only artist to ever have 4 number 1 hits off their debut album.
Seems some folks do think she is talented.
Hildebrandt-I originally had a link to Wikipedia on my comment (something that J was able to click on and read a brief summary about the artist Lady Gaga). It was a reference for J to use as a quick read. By no means was I encouraging that Wikipedia be the ONLY source for research, but I believe that it is definitely a start.
You would think CNN would know that the Queen is Her Majesty..my goodness.
The Queen meeting Gaga.
It IS a bit of a Yawn...simply because the Queen has zero relevance in today's world..making Gaga more of an Emissary...coming to the Queen as if to say: Don't worry...We didnt forget about ya!
Lady Gaga was polite and respectful!! I expect much more controversy from my rock icon. What's next... bifocals and a cardigan on the cover of Redbook?
Don't be afraid of Gaga. I've met her in person and she is very humble and gratious. I wasn't much of a fan before I met her...but now, I just love this woman and think she is brilliant. She has you all fooled. Its all an act people. And it made her a star...MUAAHHHAAAA!!
Funny how people believe everything they read.
Long after Lady Gaga passes into obscurity, despite those who love her, regardless of her talent, the monarchy will remain. Her Majesty the Queen has fifty plus years (nearly sixty) on the thrown and despite the fact that we fought to break away from them, reality is that she represents stability. Likewise the American Presidency represents continuity. The people occupying the office, the office holders, symbolize an ideal. Lady Gaga symbolizes entertainment. This Queen is far less prudish than many like to insist. She puts her dresses on one arm at a time just as her subjects. Someone may be holding them, the dress may have been selected, the wardrobe kept in a database or journal, but reality is she is a human being. Lady Gaga though represents today, perhaps tomorrow, but not forever. The British monarch represents more than a thousand years of mixed history. Some of it very disagreeable. Much of it objectionable in the eyes of those who have no respect for imperialism. In comparison yes Lady Gaga is a blip in time. But then HRM is a clink of a champagne glass in the expanse of time as well.
Now that would be a treat to see Gaga and Sacha together. Great idea!
Lady Gaga is now an official prophet!
Who knew over on the political ticker that Huckabee and Palin would be now be immersed in a "Bad Romance" to see who is the most "christian"!
Now, if only one can uncover a scandal on the other, that involves a burning bed, we may just have to build her a temple!
Can't wait for Lady Gaga to team up with Sacha Baron Cohen.
Lady Gaga is the best, but, that washed up old cow Midler. WHY!!
Just wanted to make a comment re my name, I made the comment above how talented Lady Gaga is just to distinguish me from the other guy who also left the name Matthew
Lady Gaga is talented in my book. Some people may not be pleased with the way she dresses but it's all for show and entertainment and she is a great entertainer. Her songs are very melodious and the beat is hard not to keep in ones head. Lady Gaga will have staying power!
What is all this HRH vs HM trivial nonsense? Last time I checked, the US won its independence from Britain 200+ years ago. Who cares what honorific is used for the Queen of England?
I am sick of hearing that Lady Gaga has "no talent". Yes, maybe she isn't your taste and is very flamboyant and "artistic", but have you heard the girl sing? She can ACTUALLY sing like Bette Midler, Mika, and Michael Buble...AND dance...AND play the gosh darned piano. Maybe she doesn't do it how you would prefer, but please don't say that she has no talent. I'd like to see you get up there and sing half as well as her and dance at the same time.
Also, correct me if I'm wrong but for thousands of years kings and queens of Great Britain have been very fond of silly and funny talents for entertainment purposes, its all for the show and for entertainment purposes.
Although I'm not sure why they are doing a fundraiser for entertainers in need of medical or financial aid. I agree that they should find a way to make their own money and give the money to people in actual need of it.
I didn't think Lady Gaga had talent either until I saw the YouTube clip of her as a student at NYU playing in the college talent show. (go to YouTube and search for Stefani Germanotta.)
The theatrics and costumes hide her immense talent, but do not take it away! I could take her or leave her before, also thinking she was a "flash in the pan," but now I am a real fan.
Did you just write read her on Wikipedia? Really? Wikipedia?
I guess I know where to get all of the facts now.
I'm familiar with Her Majesty, The Queen, but I've barely heard of this (I guess) "artist". I'm just ga-ga glad she behaved and didn't cause an International "Incident"!
Chanel, I'm a musician and being a musician doesn't pay that much money unless you make it to the big time. I also have a day job because I don't want to be broke.
That being said, I have to respectfully disagree with your notion that being an entertainer is not a job. It is a LOT of work. Over the years I have invested countless hours of my time practicing, memorizing song lyrics, composing, etc. I have also invested thousands of dollars in equipment.
Thankfully, I have a skill set that allows me to work in a career where I have a decent salary with benefits, so it does not create a financial hardship for me. Some people aren't so lucky.
I think the benevolent fund is cool.
How can this be titled 'When the Lady met the Queen'? Lady, she's no lady. A lady needs class to be called a lady, doesn't she? Is this where the world is headed? No wonder kids growing up don't have any role models anymore. They've all rolled into the gutter!
Agreed, Chrissy. She began playing piano by ear at age 4, and was accepted into NYU's Tisch School at only 17 years old – she hadn't even finished high school yet. Maybe not the most earth-shattering background, and hey, she's not everyone's cup of tea. But to say she's not talented is just blissful ignorance at best.
Lady Gaga is a hugely talented entertainer – for example on Britain's XFactor this week Lady Gaga put on an excellent performance (check it out on you tube), and while this may not be everyone's cup of tea she did what many singers do not do – SHE SANG LIVE, not mimed. Just a footnote, on the same programme Janet Jackson performed or should I say mimed along to a backing track with the occasional live shout to the audience.
ALL performers should be made to sing live and then we would see who can entertain people.
Long may both of them reign.
J-You call being able to write a piano ballad by age 13 fake talent? And a songwriter for Interscope Records at age 19 fake talent? You might want to do a bit of research before you make such bold statements. Read her on Wikipedia first, then come back and tell me whether or not you think she has fake talent. I'm tired of people placing judgments and discrediting other people just because they don't fit into what society considers as being "normal". Give credit where credit is due!
For some unknown reason Lady Gaga (what a tramp) sells. I have two teenage daughters who are huge Beatles fans and Lady Gaga fans. I agree with their tastes of the former but, don't understand their like of the latter. In my book the Beatles had talent and Gaga, I'm not sure what she has.
What don't you understand Chanel? This fund isn't for major, successful artists or musicians like those mentioned in this piece. Have you never heard of the term "starving artists" before? Should no one pursue art as a career unless they already have millions? Use a little common sense. Granted, not every person claiming to be an "artist" truly has legit respective talent. However there are still many, many up-and-coming artists – photographers, painters, actors, musicians, etc. – that do have incredible talents but who unfortunately do not have access/money to snag the same rare "breaks" that very few artists have enjoyed. For some, again those having serious talent and drive, sometimes, like as with any credible profession, could use a little assistance in opening doors. There is nothing wrong with nuturing the arts and artist community. Life without such encourangment and development would be create a bleak world indeed...
This is how we know the world is changing for the better. Queen Shaking hands with Lady Gaga. I am happy to see this this is definitely a "big breakthrough" when we speak of equality.
This should be named. "Unique Queen meets Unique Artist Gaga".
Or " Queen gaga for Gaga."
I want to support Diana's comment about patronage (see comment at 1:59). She is entirely correct. As curmudgeonly as I am, I strongly feel that we need to support the arts and the people who make them. Like most, I have struggled through periods of hardship, and it's no exaggeration to say that the opportunity to lose myself for a time in music or other art helped pull me through. We need artists, and they need us.
A she-male entertains a tyrant. Hooray.
Lady Gaga is just nasty. She's a fake blonde with fake talent. She just likes getting rubbed on by her greasy backup dancers.
Go Go GaGa! I love her!
I agree with Guy... Lady Gaga is no "flash in the pan". She is extremely talented. After seeing her live performance on the Ellen show I am convinced.
I agree with Chanel. Financial aid for entertainers?? What a joke...I'm sure the victims of Katrina who are still struggling and the homeless can wait a little longer for help...
News Flash Chanel,
But the act of "Patronage" has been in place at least since the Renaissance. A patron would supply money to an artist so that he can dedicate time to his works. Any person who is in the arts (drama, art, film, music) will tell you that having a full-time job while trying to pursue your true passion is not possible. And part-time jobs don't pay enough for you to live on. So fledgling artists do need financial and medical aid. Without it we wouldn't have some of the greatest plays, art, or music to date. The arts are just as important as anything else.
Has the Queen ever met Ozzy Osbourne?
Interesting how most of the comments aren't about lady GaGa....looks like the true celebrity is Her Majesty.
Doesn't QE have anything better to do? Maybe she should pay more attention to her disfunctional Royal family! The Arctic, Amazon, and Himalayas are majestic...
Still don't respect that England honors the queen so much. Royal family is a pathetic thing. Right by birth?
Lady Gaga will be around for a very long time. Her charisma is not unlike Madonna, David Bowie or even Angelina Jolie if we're talking about entertainers in general. Both the Queen and Lady Gaga are outspoken and strong-minded individuals who do not need to borrow a grain of confidence from anyone on the planet. It's befitting that their two worlds converge for a few moments in the very least. I do take issue with the writer stating that most would giggle at shaking hands with Lady Gaga. I assume that this statement was placed in the article to pacify those who wouldn't want it known that the Queen herself had giggled. Of course, many of her subjects don't realize that Her Highness does have a sense of humor and was tickled at the sight of a young lady, dressed in a "Queen of Hearts" costume, taking a bow instead of a simple curtsy.
"The event benefited the Queen's Entertainment Artists Benevolent Fund, which provides funds for entertainers in need of medical or financial aid."
What?!? Am I missing something? Was this article written wrong?Who provides financial aid for entertainers???? They can go get a real job like everyone else.
Dan, Matthew, C. Fuller - We checked with a couple UK natives in the office and apparently Her Royal Highness (HRH) has been used, at least colloquially. However, officially you're correct and the entry has been fixed.
According to wordnetweb.princeton.edu, a "flash in the pan " is someone who enjoys transient success but then fails.
Over 4 million records and 20 million downloads in 4 years doesn't really qualify...
Sorry Pierce, go back to listening to Yanni.
I wish I could see her perform! I'm sure the queen was amused by the antics of Lady Gaga. Which is what Pop music is supposed to be! A fun LIVE show. I'm sure Bette Midler killed it too!
well, that's pretty important.
When do we hear that The War Is Over because we've all given peace a chance?
Here's to doing one thing today to make it happen.
The appropriate way to refer to the Queen is "Her Majesty" not Her Royal Highness. That form of address is for other members of her family but not Her Majesty.
Royalty and a musical flash in the pan.
she looks a bit wierd in the photo provided but suspended 30 feet in the air as she played a piano?! i would love to have seen that.
I have to say – the Queen is a bold and brave woman. I don't think I'd have the gumption to meet GaGa in person – she frightens me so.
Am not a royalist, but the Queen is referred to as Her Majesty... not HRH...
You know you've arrived when you meet Her Royal Highness! I'm glad Lady Gaga didn't use fake blood at performance before Queen Elizabeth II.
you're so gaga! lady gaga
She met the queen wearing a rubber dress. Now that is just funny.
Hysterical. I love this woman.
Just a point of clarity, the Queen is Her Majesty (HM The Queen), not Her Royal Highness (HRH). That is reserved for children and grandchildren of the sovereign.
How can you put "Her Royal Highness" for the Queen???
She is "Her Majesty" and has been for nearly 58 years.
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