Singer, songwriter, designer and gay rights activist Lady Gaga is a powerful figure in the global entertainment industry. The 25-year-old super star was recognized Monday when she was named the 2011 AP Entertainer of the Year.
The self-proclaimed Mother Monster beat Apple founder Steve Jobs who passed away this year by three votes. Taylor Swift, Charlie Sheen, Adele and the cast of Harry Potter were also popular votes. In the past, the AP Entertainer of the Year award has gone to Betty White, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.
The award was chosen based on 135 ballots submitted by U.S. news organizations part of AP's membership. The ballots were cast by editors and broadcasters based on who they thought had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2011.
The singer also topped Forbes' Top Earning Women in Music award this year with her estimated earnings of $90 million between May 2010 and May 2011.
She gets people talking, Greg Retsinas, digital director of the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif. She's a polarizing figure not just in music and fashion but in pop culture and society. In a recent week, I heard her referenced personally by my 9-year-old daughter, a prominent local CFO and an airline pilot, all glowingly.
Mother Monster was on a Monster Ball Tour for much of this year and is currently prepping for a Born This Way tour.
One of my greatest artworks is the art of fame, the 25-year-old told 60 Minutes earlier this year. I'm a master of the art of fame.