Behind all the mind-bending costumes and heavy makeup, there’s just Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga. She’s changed quite a bit from her “Just Dance” days, as evidenced by her newly released single “Applause.” And regardless of whether or not you like the new tune from her upcoming album ARTPOP, you can’t argue that the woman doesn’t have that pop star quality. She’s a classically trained pianist, a sought after songwriter, and a one-of-a-kind artist. That would be more easily said IF the late Laura Nyro, Gaga’s lookalike, wasn’t in the picture. These artists have more than a few similarities aside from their strikingly familiar faces.
Both ladies are New York natives—Gaga hailing from Yonkers and Nyro from the Bronx—and they both had an interest in music from a young age. Lady Gaga began playing the piano at age 4 and Nyro, also a pianist, started composing music at 8. They also share a deep love for creating music—both for themselves and for other artists—as Gaga and Nyro have written for Britney Spears and Barbra Streisand, respectively. Furthermore, they both struggled to find the right stage name and struggled even harder to make it in the industry. One thing they don’t have in common, however, is how they dealt with fame. Having a distaste for her growing celebrity, Nyro retired from music at the ripe old age of 24. Gaga has obviously gone a pretty different route and has embraced the limelight to the fullest. In the end, however, Nyro got taken by The Fame Monster, too, returning to the music scene in just five years.