Lady Gaga says it's always been her ambition to make performance art mainstream because she believes it's important for the music industry.
Lady GaGa says it's always been her ambition to make performance art mainstream.
The 'Edge of Glory' hitmaker is known just as much for her on-stage performances and eccentric outfits as she is for her singing voice, which is something she's proud of because it's always been important to her.
She told The Guardian newspaper: "When I was really young, I was fascinated with performance artists - Leigh Bowery, Klaus Nomi. And when I got older I became fascinated with Yoko Ono and Marina Abramovic. I grew up with them, and sort of naturally became the artist I am today. It wasn't until I started to play out in New York and my friends said, 'Look how much that has influenced you', that I realised it.
"The one thing there wasn't on the Lower East Side was pop music. So as a pop songwriter, I thought that would be an interesting way to make a name for myself in this neighbourhood. I figured I could play the grocery store around the corner as if it was Madison Square Gardens, maybe some day I can assimilate pop music into performance art in a more mainstream way."
Gaga is so keen to put on a good performance for her fans, she recently claimed she "went bankrupt" during her 'Monster Ball' world tour.
She said: "I put everything in the show, and I actually went bankrupt after the first extension of the 'Monster Ball'. And it was funny because I didn't know! And I remember I called everybody and said, 'Why is everyone saying I have no money? This is ridiculous, I have five number one singles' - and they said, 'Well, you're $3 million in debt.' "