By TIME Magazine...
Scott Colothan

10:57 30th April 2010

Lady Gaga has been named as one of the most influential stars on the planet by TIME Magazine.

The annual feature by the American publication picks 100 people “who most affect our world”

Praisinghewr friend, pop star Cyndi Lauper called Lady Gaga "an inspiration to other artists" and added: “She isn't a pop act, she is a performance artist. She herself is the art. She is the sculpture.”

Other music stars included were country sensation Taylor Swift, Prince, Sir Elton John and X Factor mogul Simon Cowell.

The magazine praised Cowell for having "an indelible impression on global pop culture."

Other inclusions are talk show host Conan O'Brien, Sarah Palin, Twilight actor Robert Pattinson, Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher and James Cameron.  

As well as 'artists', the top 100 also has categories for leaders, heroes and thinkers.

Lady Gaga through the years:

  • Way before Lady Gaga, Stefani Germanotta as a young girl taking first communion in second grade at age of seven

  • Seven-year-old Stefani Germanotta sitting at her piano in 1993.

  • Lady Gaga wearing sunglasses in Halloween 2000, age 14. At the time she was a student of the exclusive Convent of the Sacred Heart Catholic school in New York.

  • Miss Stefani Germanotta singing in Christmas concert (middle), age 14

  • Lady Gaga playing piano and singing at International Night event, age 15 – circa 2001

  • Lady Gaga at a winter dance in 2003, age 17.

  • Lady Gaga in a picture with senior class from 2004 yearbook (bottom row, far left)

  • A personal profile picture of an 18-year-old Lady Gaga when she attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2004

  • An 18-year-old Stefani Germanotta appears on MTV's 'Boiling Points' - a reality show which puts unsuspecting subjects in irritating situations and awards them $100 if they stay cool and collected for the duration of the prank. Gaga didn't stay the distance! - 2005

  • An early Gaga live performance at The Bitter End in Hollywood, California – January 2006

  • A brown haired, 21-year-old Lady Gaga plays Lollapalozza Festival in Chicago. The set is regarded as one of the pivotal moments in her career – August 2007

  • Lady Gaga transgresses into the style icon we all know and love at the Michalsky Fashion Show at Uferhalle, Germany – July 2008

  • Lady Gaga performs at Perez Hilton's 'One Night In New York City' event at The Highline Ballroom – October 2008

  • Lady Gaga's very first headline show in London at the G-A-Y nightclub – January 2009

  • Lady Gaga supports The Pussycat Dolls at the Manchester Evening News Arena – January 2009

  • Wearing a teapot inspired outfit, Gaga performs at the 2009 Brit Awards ceremony in London with The Pet Shop Boys and Brandon Flowers – February 2009

  • The second show of Lady Gaga's first gargantuan tour – The Fame Ball Tour - at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, California. The tour, which included an appearance at Glastonbury Festival lasted until the autumn – March 2009

  • Gaga's first, slightly awkward appearance on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross – April 2009

  • Lady Gaga does her first 'nude' magazine shoot for The Rolling Stone – May 2009

  • Lady Gaga rocks Glastonbury Festival – June 2009

  • Gaga baffles at a press conference for Isle of MTV in Malta wearing what appears to be a gimp mask – July 2009

  • Channelling the spirit of the Twilight saga, Gaga flashes her fangs at photographers at London's Heathrow Airport – August 2009

  • Lady Gaga performs at the MTV Video Music Awards,a performance which angered some charities after she pretended to stab herself on stage, unleashing fake blood – September 2009

  • Lady Gaga speaks on the south lawn of The United States Capitol at the rally for the National Equality March – October 2009.

  • Lady Gaga and Madonna's infamous kiss on Saturday Night Live – October 2009

  • Looking slightly freaky at the 13th annual ACE Awards Gala held at Cipriani, New York City – November 2009

  • An iconic still from the 'Bad Romance' music video – a promo which has attracted more than 200million views on YouTube alone – November 2009

  • The opening night of the North American leg of The Monster Ball tour hits Tornoto's Bell Centre – November 2009

  • Lady Gaga meets The Queen following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England – December 2009

  • Lady Gaga at the Castle Pub, Horn Lane, Acton, London, England after her appearance on the X Factor – December 2009

  • Lady Gaga rings in the New Year at Fontainbleau in Miami Beach, Florida with a typically outrageous show – December 2009/January 2010

  • The headline stealing Lady Gaga 'hair hat' unveiled at the Las Vegas Convention Center – January 2010

  • Lady Gaga dazzles in a space-age outfit on the red carpet of The 52nd Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The singer scooped two awards: best dance recording for Poker Face and best electronic/dance album for The Fame – January 2010

  • Lady Gaga ups the weird outfit ante at her second Brit Awards ceremony. The tearful star won in all three categories she was nominated in – February 2010

  • The opening night of the European leg of The Monster Ball tour kicks off at the Manchester Evening News Arena and Gaga. Featuring giant monsters and awe-inspiring sets, the tour is an emphatic success – February 2010

  • Now an outright pop megastar, Lady Gaga gets a tattoo dedicated to her millions of 'Little Monsters', her fans – February 2010

  • Gaga channels the spirit of The Incredibles following one of her triumphant shows at London O2 Arena – February 2010

  • Lady Gaga stars in the epic, nine-minute Jonas Akerlund directed 'Telephone' video. Easily one of the defining moments of her brief career – March 2010

  • The singer has continued to shock, wearing a meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010.

  • Lady Gaga's Monster Ball was one of the biggest tours of 2010 and saw the star perform over 100 dates around the world. It still hasn't finished.

  • On New Years Eve, Lady Gaga revealed that her new album Born This Way will be released in May 2011.

  • The single, which features this incredible photo, was released on February 11.


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