Full Text of Lady Gaga – “Google Goes Gaga” @ Musicians at Google on March 23, 2011.
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.