Full Text of Lady Gaga – “Google Goes Gaga” @ Musicians at Google on March 23, 2011.
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Marissa Mayer: Hi, I’m Marissa Mayer, and I’m really excited today to be joined by the world-famous, incredibly talented, the one and only Lady Gaga.
At Google, we’ve seen Gaga build her career by embracing technology, including some Google Tools, as well as constantly innovating for her fans. And we’re going to get a glimpse behind the scenes to see how some of that innovation works today.
But first, I’d like to play a video to welcome Gaga to Google.
Please help me welcome Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga [real name – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta]: Hi, everyone. Oh, my gosh.
Marissa Mayer: Welcome to Google.
Lady Gaga: Thank you. The Google chairs are a little high.
Marissa Mayer: Thank you so much for coming.
Lady Gaga: Just going to put my purse right there.
Audience: We love you.
Lady Gaga: I love you, too. Hi, everyone. Did you just get out of jail? Me, too.
Marissa Mayer: We are so excited to have you here.
Lady Gaga: And I am so excited to be here. I just want to say before we begin, thank you so much. This is such an honor. You know, when I was in high school, all my girlfriends wanted to get jobs here. And I wanted to be what they were searching for or putting on the — you know, the side column, what comes up first. I believe that’s what my friend Mary Haley does here at Google. Just thank you so much for coming. And I really — I respect all of you so much. I know that there’s some really amazing minds in this room, and how competitive it is. So thank you.
Marissa Mayer: And speaking of searches, you are among one of the most searched people in the world. You’ve been on the top of our 2009, 2010 fastest-rising searches. We made a portrait of you taking the millions of searches that come in for Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga: Beautiful.
Marissa Mayer: So obviously, you’ve been a huge search star, also a huge YouTube star, Bad Romance has 360 million views, just that one video.
Lady Gaga: Thank you.
Marissa Mayer: And you’re the queen of the download. You’re actually the most downloaded artist in history, with more than 20 million singles downloaded. That’s amazing.
Lady Gaga: Thank you so much. Thank you.
Marissa Mayer: All of which brings us to today. So last week, you opened up a moderator page on your YouTube channel and you got questions from your fans, 54,000 questions. And more than a quarter million votes, in just three and a half days. We have questions that are both in text and video. I wrote the top 20 questions here. We’re going to go through those and also do some –
Lady Gaga: Wearing the same dress. Branding.
Marissa Mayer: So the first question I’m going to ask, it came in video form, but it was also going to be my first question. It comes in from a user, a certain Resonance, we’ll go ahead and roll that video question.
Question from the Video: Hi, Gaga. My first question that I wanted to ask was, how are you? I remember in one of your interviews you said that that was a question that interviewers never really asked you and actually meant it. And so I wanted to ask you and actually mean it. So how are you?
Lady Gaga: Aww. Well, I am absolutely wonderful and a little bit choked up, because that is why I am still here and why I work so hard, it’s because I really am very blessed to have fans with such a beautiful spirit. And I’m sure you can see just from that one video very much what a lot of my day is like. I do spend a lot of time on Google, looking for fan videos and messages. And I’m doing wonderful today. And I would say that the only reason I ever mentioned that people don’t ask me how I am genuinely is because it took a lot of bravery to get to where we are today. A lot of people see glasses and shoulderpads and crazy outfits, and over the years, it was very difficult to do interviews, because that’s all people would talk about. So I guess what I would say is I’m doing wonderful now because of how brave that — all my fans have made me. So thank you for making me brave, and I hope I can — thank you brave. Thank you.
Marissa Mayer: And you’re also on tour. So you’re performing tonight in Oakland. I know a lot of people here are going. The next question is about your tour. So Gagafame11 from the UK asks, do you have any funny stories to tell about things that have happened backstage at the Monster Ball?
Lady Gaga: There are lots of funny things that happened backstage at the Monster Ball. I don’t like surprises, and I don’t like pranks. I’m sure you can maybe tell that just from — but I don’t like pranks. But I actually, with me, have brought all my friends from New York City on tour with me. So I have had very few, I should say, famous acts opening. It’s been mostly really underground bands and deejays that I’ve known since I was 18 years old. So there’s a lot of backstage shenanigans. Very often they make jokes about my diet, because they know I have to stay fit for music videos, so they’ll leave like mounds of cheese burgers and stuff in my dressing room. It’s really awful. Vicious, vicious.
Marissa Mayer: So going back to before the cheese burgers, where you got your start, one of your fans, MysticalMatty from California, asks, where were you the first time you heard one of your songs on radio?
Lady Gaga: I was in Canada. And I’ll never forget it. But it’s a very different — it’s funny, it’s almost more enjoyable now when I hear it for the first time on the radio, because at the time in Canada, I had — I mean, many people don’t know this about me, because it seems as though one just stands at number one, it was this big massive oh, she became a star overnight. But to tell you the truth, I had been working so hard, doing three shows a night, all day long going to radio stations, doing photos — the reason we’re here at Google today is because the original campaign for my music and my project began with online media-based advertisements. So that’s really where I began. So I remember I was in Canada, and I was really tired, and I was about to go on stage at this outdoor performance – I actually think it was in Winnipeg, which is where Maria Aragon is from, from the video. And I remember I heard it, and I started crying. And my tour manager, David, said, “How does it feel?” And I said, “It’s about damn time!” And so now when it comes on, it’s a little bit more of a gracious, humbling moment.
Marissa Mayer: So in terms of other special moments, solongadelaide from Sheffield, England asks, when exactly was the moment in your career when you realized you were going to be an international superstar?
Lady Gaga: I still don’t feel like one. I really —
Marissa Mayer: How is that possible?
Lady Gaga: I know that sounds very silly. But even this morning, I was getting ready to tweet that I was coming here today, and I got, like, 50 frigging e-mails, don’t tweet it. They don’t want anyone to know. Well I guess they were worried for security. But I need to market my record, you know. People need to know — where I’m going to be. And so everyone was saying, they know we were going to be there, just don’t tell them when. And, oh, my gosh, my security is always — they want to shoot me, because I will literally leave the house and go to the bodega down the street where I live in New York. And they’re like, “Where are you?” Because where I live, I have been hustling for so long that it’s more just like, “You’re home.” Like, everybody’s so cool. And I guess even though my first album was called The Fame, that was never the ultimate goal of any of this. It was always that I just really am genuinely a musician to my core, and a lot of people don’t know that about me. But I write every lyric, every Melody, I’m in there with the producers, whipping them to make the new future of music. And I — that is why I’m here. I’m not here to be a superstar. But — So, yes and no. I never, ever — there was never a day when I woke up and said, “I’m a superstar.” I’m still waiting for that to happen.