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Lady Gaga Delivers Inspiring National Anthem Performance At Inauguration 

Lady Gaga wowed America with her beautifully inspiring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” back at Super Bowl 50, so fans were eager to see her performance of the national anthem at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s inauguration ceremony that took place this Wednesday morning. 

Gaga’s rendition of the national anthem is already being regarded as one of the most “exuberant renditions of the national anthem in pop music history,” drawing comparisons to Whitney Houston’s iconic performance of the anthem at Super Bowl XXV. 

After her triumphant finish she remained at the podium for a moment, positively beaming as she let the significance of that moment sink in. She took to social media later to explain that she was truly feeling how special of a moment that was, to be performing the national anthem and marking the transition into a new era of unity in politics in America. 

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“Singing our National Anthem for the American People is my honor. I will sing during a ceremony, a transition, a moment of change — between POTUS 45 and 46. For me, this has great meaning,” she tweeted prior to her performance. 

Gaga was rocking a billowing scarlet red ball gown skirt and navy blue turtleneck that was embellished with a huge brooch shaped like a golden dove carrying an olive branch. Fashion blogs immediately took to social media to praise how radiant and distinguished Gaga looked as she sang the anthem for the next administration entering the White House. 

“My intention is to acknowledge our past, be healing for our present, and passionate for a future where we work together lovingly. I will sing to the hearts of all people who live on this land.”

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Gaga and Biden have been working together for quite some time now campaigning within the past year. The same year Gaga sang at the Super Bowl, Biden introduced her for her powerful performance of “Til It Happens To You,” her nominated theme from the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground.  

One year later at the Academy Awards, Biden and Gaga teamed up yet again for a PSA for It’s On Us, a sexual assault awareness campaing that was founded by Biden and former president Barack Obama. 

Most recently Gaga sang a selection of her greatest hits at Biden’s final presidential campaign rally in Pittsburgh on November 2nd. She changed the lyrics of her hit song “You and I” to “There’s something about Joe, you and I,” later on expressing at the event that Pennsylvania residents need to make their voices heard. 

“This is a big one, Pennsylvania. So if you’re here, you probably already believe in Joe Biden. I know I believe in Joe Biden. You probably already believe he’s the right choice over Donald Trump. You don’t need me to tell you why. Because, like me, you’ve experienced the last four years and have all the evidence you need to look at this choice and know in your heart, without any doubt, that Joe Biden is the right choice.”

The two finalized their year of collaboration with the beautifully cathartic rendition of the anthem from Lady Gaga, officially welcoming Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States.

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Lady Gaga Organizes “One World: Together At Home” Virtual Concert Special For Covid-19 Relief

The special is called “One World: Together at Home” and will be a two-hour long concert event beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. And in a rare turn of events for prime time cable programming, the special will be televised across multiple networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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Lady Gaga Wants To Take Us To Another Dimension With “Chromatica”

“Chromatica” is more than just Gaga’s fifth studio solo album, it’s a metaphor for diversity, unity, and color among darkness, taking the form of up-beat dance music that the world needs now more than ever.

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Brandon Maxwell: How A Small Town Boy From Texas Started Dressing The World’s Most Influential Women

If you watched the MET Gala this past year, than you certainly must know who Brandon Maxwell is. Remember Lady Gaga’s iconic triple outfit change on the red carpet? That was all Maxwell, in fact he was the one handing Gaga her props to match each outfit, which he designed and conceptualized.

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Rihanna And Lady Gaga Are Changing How The World Defines Beauty

The beauty industry has truly evolved tremendously within the past few years. What was once an industry that only used celebrities as an image to sell their products has become a large community in which anyone can grow a business one way or the other, and celebrities go about endorsements by simply making their own brand. The biggest name in the beauty industry in the past few years has been Rihanna. The platinum album singer started Fenty beauty in 2017 and it has rocked the beauty world. 

A major issue that has been very prominent in the beauty industry is a lack of access to make up for people of color. Time and time again brands would release foundation, concealer, and powders all geared to fair and light skin tones, with a couple of darker shades just thrown in. That same concept goes for the beauty industry in its entirety. Advertisements mainly including white cis-gendered female models who are skinny and blonde and appeal to the classic “girl next door” vision that companies for whatever reason don’t think is a tired concept. 

So when Rihanna announced the creation of her brand Fenty Beauty, which would begin with the release of 40 different foundation shades, the beauty world was flipped on its head. Rihanna also exclusively cast woman of color for the campaigns and opened her business as one discussing the importance of diversity and inclusivity in all realms of life. The brand made $570 million in revenue its first year. 

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After the iconic launch of Fenty Beauty the entire industry scrambled to try to right the wrongs of stocking non-inclusive makeup products that mainly appealed to white audiences. However, makeup users everywhere knew that older brands switching up their marketing were doing it as a means of viewing inclusivity as a “trend” and “smart business choice” over genuine desire to appeal to a broader audience of individuals. 

“Women are smart enough to see an eye shadow and not have to see it on a blond person for them to want to buy it, but we’ve been fed that marketing analysis. Fenty proved it was complete bullshit” said makeup artist James Kaliardos, who helped launch Fenty as a resident artist, in an interview with Billboard Magazine

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Lady Gaga more recently also made major headlines in the same way Rihanna did with the announcement of her own make-up brand “Haus Labs”. Gaga launched her brand with less product but just as much of an impact. The initial launch included eye liners, lip glosses/liners, and the Haus Labs exclusive ‘face lace’. These products may differ greatly compared to Fenty’s initial launch, however, both brands launched with a similar mentality behind what the brands were really about. Haus Labs made headlines with its advertisements including multiple members of the LGBT+ community. Gaga has always been known for her advocacy for the community and she didn’t disappoint this time either. Her launch party included a bunch of queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and LGBT+ models/performers both professional and social media based. 

“We are celebrating everyone. At the forefront [of the brand], as much as the products, were questions of how we were going to spread messages of bravery and kindness and inclusivity” said Sarah Tanno, Haus Labs Co-Owner and Gaga’s longtime make up artist. 

Both Gaga and Rihanna are amazing figures to be leading the beauty revolution of pop stars starting their own brands, as opposed to being used as just an image behind someone else’s vision, as a means of creating a larger global impact. This way, they can play by their own rules and who’s gonna tell them no? 

“Everything we put out there tells people to accept or not accept people, and we have to be aware of how we do that. There are pop stars who just do a look — and then pop stars who really take you on a journey,” said Kaliardos

It’s not about how large of a platform they have but more so how they choose to use it, and Rihanna and Gaga are showing the rest of the individuals in the industry exactly what they should be doing. Having creative control over your own brand is so important if part of the mission of that brand is to spread awareness and emphasize diversity and inclusivity.