Number 3 Hero of the Year Award 2011: Lady Gaga

30 Dec

Number 3 Hero of 2011

In light of the shenanigans that so many people get up to when they get the least bit famous, it is a delight to be able to honor a celebrity who uses her voice, money, and spotlight to make the world a better place. Stephani Germanotta, better known to the world as Lady Gaga, has been a tireless force for good in 2011, bringing her in at #3 on this year’s Hero list.

Already known as a staunch ally of the LGBT community for her opposition to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Lady Gaga hit the ground running in 2011 with her amazing album and single Born This Way. She stuck to her principles commercially (a rare trait indeed) and broke an exclusive distribution contract with Target when the retail giant refused to stop its funding of anti-gay politicians. A vocal supporter of anti-bullying programs, she’s been a one-woman It Gets Better campaign. Following the tragic suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, she not only dedicated a concert to him and to all the victims of bullying, but she lobbied the White House for national anti-bullying programs. She’s also raised funds and awareness to fight AIDS.

It looks like she’ll be continuing the momentum in 2012, as her new Born This Way Foundation — dedicated to youth empowerment, bravery, and kindness — launches. Using her power for good pays off, too, as Forbes named her the most powerful celebrity of the year (beating out Oprah) and put her at the top of their annual list of “Celebs Gone Good.”  Let’s hope more youth hear her message of personal value and more celebrities take her model of using fame for good to heart.

Flashback to 2010: Fittingly, last year’s #3 hero was Dan Savage and the It Gets Better campaign.

3 Responses to “Number 3 Hero of the Year Award 2011: Lady Gaga”

  1. Michelle December 30, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I really heart Lady Gaga! And this is a prime example…

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 30, 2011 at 8:18 am #

      You are such a wonderful and beautiful ally of the LGBT community. Thank you for sharing the brilliant link to Lady Gaga’s tribute!


  1. 2011 Album(s) of the Year « Music and Meaning: The RBHS Jukebox - February 15, 2012

    […] Congratulations to Adele for her win. 21 is a great album and a nice step forward in her career as a musician and songwriter. She has a powerful voice that she uses to great effect. While her influences are clear (Janis, Dusty, Annie, and more!), she blends them into a cohesive whole and emerges with her own distinct sound. The overall impact is impressive and the song selection on 21 is solid. The standout for me is the delightful Rumour Has It. Much as I love Adele’s sophomore effort, however, I have to confess that I was rooting for Lady Gaga’s amazing Born This Way. Like Adele, Gaga uses a varied palette of influences to craft her own unique sound. I found her work to be a bit more varied and overall interesting, however. I am also deeply enamored of her work to make the most of her celebrity for the benefit of all. Lady Gaga edged out Oprah as Forbes’ most powerful celebrity of 2011. She has used that power to promote civil rights and equality for all. Brava, Lady Gaga! […]

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