As the Mother Monster of modern pop music, Lady Gaga’s over-the-top persona has figured just as prominently as her music in elevating her to icon status. That’s not to say her music doesn’t matter – it does, and she’s racked up five Grammys to prove it – it’s just that image and sound are so intertwined with Gaga that one can hardly exist without the other. For her highly conceptual third album ARTPOP (2013), the ever-theatrical Gaga explores the notion that she can’t exist without the adoration of her fans. From the ‘80s-inspired technopop of lead single “Applause" to the chugging electro of “Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly)”, it’s clear that Gaga has a knack for reinventing herself without losing her anthemic songwriting sensibilities. Born Stefani Germanotta, Gaga’s meteoric rise to international fame began with her aptly titled 2008 debut The Fame, which featured the No. 1 singles “Let’s Dance” and “Poker Face.” Follow up full-length Born This Way scored Gaga her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, further cementing her ascendancy with its chart-topping title track. On tour in 2013 with The Born This Way Ball, Gaga has been treating ticket buyers to her signature epic live concert, featuring her flamboyant showmanship and eccentric fashion.