Bette Midler was not going to let Lady Gaga get away with copying her ol' mermaid-in-a-wheelchair act, so she took to Twitter to let the pop princess know that she's the queen of the sea. Fortunately, this fishy feud ended with Midler inviting Gaga to have a drink with her at the Emmys. However, Bette is just one of many artists that Mama Monster has been accused of copying over the years. Here's a quick rundown of a few other musicians she may have borrowed from:
This model/musician has been especially annoyed by the Lady's quirky looks. She seems to believe that the superstar has stolen her signature style that includes hoods, hats, collars, and other kooky costume-ish pieces of clothing, so when asked how she feels about Gaga, Grace was rather gruff. She said of the singer, "I've seen some things she's worn that I've worn, and that does kind of piss me off." Jones also turned down Gaga's offer to collaborate with her and even said that she would not go watch her in concert (ouch!).
This Aussie star also thinks that Mama Monster has looked to her for inspiration in the past, saying of her influence on the "Born This Way" singer, "I set the benchmark for Gaga. We've done it before, with all our creative shows, and now the new artists are following us." However, she was more gracious than Grace, saying that she's inspired by Gaga and loves what she does (so perhaps there's a chance that Aphrodite and Yuyi the mermaid will collaborate someday).
In 2009 this Irish singer accused Gaga of stealing her look, saying of their similarities, "Lady Gaga is just a poor imitation of me. She has copied my style." She really did seem to have a point -- side-by-side photos of the musicians show them sporting strikingly similar mirror-covered headgear, nearly-identical blonde wigs, and other comparable pieces of clothing. Unfortunately for Roisin, it's safe to say that a lot more people are aware of Gaga's fantastical fashions.
Mama Monster was accused of stealing this ambitious blonde's musical style earlier this year when she released her single "Born This Way," which did bear more than a passing resemblance to Madge's hit song "Express Yourself." However, the Lady took the high road, calling plagiarism accusations "retarded." (Using that word is definitely not the best way to express yourself, Gaga.)
According to a grieving mother, Gaga even stole from her dead daughter. Once upon a time before she was the biggest pop star in the world, Stefani Germanotta worked with Lina on a few songs. The aspiring artist sadly committed suicide at age 19, and Morgana's mother believes that Gaga stole her look and story to become a star. She said of Germanotta, "Every other word she says is from Lina. She talks about having a dark and tragic life, but she had everything she wanted in the world. She went to [the same] high school as Nicky Hilton, her parents were rich. But Lina did have a tough life, and she often talked about her tragic life." She also seems to believe that Gaga is holding on to Lina's soul and needs to set it free (so sad!).
So what say you, readers? Do you think Gaga is really stealing from so many different stars, or is it just a coincidence when some of her strange style choices turn out to be similar to something someone else has worn before? And are other artists just jealous of Mama Monster's popularity? Sound off in the comments!
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- Lady Gaga
- Bette Midler
- Kylie Minogue
- Roisin Murphy
- Grace Jones