Lady Gaga Kicks Off Tour at BB&T with Something to Prove
Almost three years ago exactly, Lady Gaga performed back-to-back South Florida dates celebrating her immensely popular Fame Monster EP. Gaga seemed within reach of Madonna's Queen of Pop crown.
It was hard to argue the contrary. Hits like "Poker Face" and "Bad Romance" dominated the radio, while her wildly creative visuals brought glamour back to the music video format -- which died the day MTV decided it was preferable to give pregnant teens a reality show. She crisscrossed the globe reintroducing the spectacle back into pop music with her three-year Monster Ball Tour.
"The whole thing didn't make a ton of sense. But it was definitely entertaining," New Times said of her American Airlines Arena show back in 2011. And that seemed to define Gaga's aesthetic -- a bit murky on the message but still a whole lot of fun to watch.
But like Icarus, Gaga lately seems to be flying too close to the sun, believing her own star is still shining as brightly as it was three years ago, unaware she just might fall into a sea of her own campiness.
After Fame Monster, Gaga followed up with Born This Way, an album that divided critics and her fans alike. Instead of allowing herself the naturally become an icon to those who feel a bit different, she forced the message down everyone's throat. Still there were gems like "Marry the Night" and "The Edge of Glory." But what killed the album's momentum was a hip injury that ended her Born This Way Ball. And while she stepped away from the limelight, pop culture continued to evolve without her.