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  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: Hi.

  • I'm Marissa Mayer, and I'm really excited today to be

  • joined by the world-famous, incredibly talented, the one

  • and only Lady Gaga.

  • [ Cheers ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: At Google, we've seen Gaga build her

  • career by embracing technology, including some

  • Google Tools, as well as constantly

  • innovating for her fans.

  • And we're going to get a glimpse behind the scenes to

  • see how some of that innovation works today.

  • But first I'd like to play a video to

  • welcome Gaga to Google.

  • [ Applause ]

  • [ Video. ]

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • [ Applause ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: Please help me welcome Lady Gaga.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • (Standing ovation).

  • >>Lady Gaga: Hi, everyone.

  • Oh, my gosh.

  • >>Marissa Mayer: Welcome to Google.

  • >>Lady Gaga: Thank you.

  • [ Applause ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: The Google chairs are a little high.

  • >>Marissa Mayer: Thank you so much for coming.

  • >>Lady Gaga: Just going to put my purse right there.

  • >>> We love you.

  • >>Lady Gaga: I love you, too.

  • Hi, everyone.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: Did you just get out of jail?

  • [ Laughter ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: Me, too.

  • >>Marissa Mayer: We are so excited to have you here.

  • >>Lady Gaga: I just want to say before we begin,

  • thank you so much.

  • This is such an honor.

  • You know, when I was in high school, all my girlfriends

  • wanted to get jobs here.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: And I wanted to be what they were searching

  • for or putting on the -- you know, the side column, what

  • comes up first. I believe that's what my friend Mary

  • Haley does here at Google.

  • Just thank you so much for coming.

  • And I really -- I respect all of you so much.

  • I know that there's some really amazing minds in this

  • room, and how competitive it is.

  • So thank you.

  • [ Applause ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: And speaking of searches, you are among one

  • of the most searched people in the world.

  • You've been on the top of our 2009, 2010

  • fastest-rising searches.

  • We made a portrait of you taking the millions of

  • searches that come in for Lady Gaga.

  • >>Lady Gaga: Beautiful.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: So obviously, you've been a huge search

  • star, also a huge YouTube star, Bad Romance has 360

  • million views, just that one video.

  • [ Applause ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: Thank you.

  • >>Marissa Mayer: And you're the queen of the download.

  • You're actually the most downloaded artist in history,

  • with more than 20 million singles downloaded.

  • >>Lady Gaga: Thank you so much.

  • Thank you.

  • >>Marissa Mayer: All of which brings us to today.

  • Last week, you opened up a moderator page on your YouTube

  • channel and you got questions from your

  • fans, 54,000 questions.

  • And more than a quarter million votes, in just three

  • and a half days.

  • We have questions that are both in text and video.

  • I have the top 20 questions here.

  • We'll go through those and also go -- >>Lady Gaga:

  • Wearing the same dress.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: Branding.

  • >>Marissa Mayer: So the first question I'm going to ask, it

  • came in video form, but it was also going

  • to be my first question.

  • It comes in from a user, we'll go ahead and

  • roll that video question.

  • >>Video: Hi, Gaga.

  • My first question that I wanted to ask

  • was, how are you?

  • I remember in one of your interviews you said that was a

  • question that interviewers never really asked you and

  • actually meant it.

  • And so I wanted to ask you and actually mean it.

  • So how are you?

  • >>> Awwwww.

  • [ Applause ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: Well, I am absolutely wonderful and a

  • little bit choked up, because that is why I am still here

  • and why I work so hard, it's because I really am very

  • blessed to have fans with such a beautiful spirit.

  • And I'm sure you can see just from that one video very much

  • what a lot of my day is like.

  • I do spend a lot of time on Google, looking for fan videos

  • and messages.

  • And I'm doing wonderful today.

  • And I would say that the only reason I ever mentioned that

  • people don't ask me how I am genuinely is because it took a

  • lot of bravery to get to where we are today.

  • A lot of people see glasses and shoulderpads and crazy

  • outfits, and over the years, it was very difficult to do

  • interviews, because that's all people would talk about.

  • So I guess what I would say is I'm doing wonderful now

  • because of how brave that -- all my fans have made me.

  • So thank you for making me brave, and I hope I can --

  • thank you brave. Thank you.

  • [ Applause ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: And you're also on tour.

  • So you're performing tonight in Oakland.

  • [ Applause ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: I know a lot of people here are going.

  • The next question is about your tour.

  • So Gagafame11 from the U.K. asks, do you have any funny

  • stories to tell about things that have happened backstage

  • at the Monsterball?

  • >>Lady Gaga: There are lots of funny things that happened

  • backstage at the Monsterball.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: I don't like surprises, and

  • I don't like pranks.

  • I'm sure you can maybe tell that just from -- but I don't

  • like pranks.

  • But I actually, with me, have brought all my friends from

  • New York City on tour with me.

  • So I have had very few, I should

  • say, famous acts opening.

  • It's been mostly really underground bands and deejays

  • that I've known his I was 18 years old.

  • So there's a lot of backstage shenanigans.

  • Very often they make jokes about my diet, because they

  • know I have to stay fit for music videos, so they'll leave

  • mounds of cheese burgers and stuff in my dressing room.

  • It's really awful.

  • Vicious, vicious.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: So going back to before the cheese burgers,

  • where you got your start, one of your fans, MysticalMatty

  • from California, asks, where were you the first time you

  • heard one of your songs on the radio?

  • >>Lady Gaga: I was in Canada.

  • [ Cheers ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: And I'll never forget it.

  • But it's a very different -- it's funny, it's almost more

  • enjoyable now when I hear it for the first time on the

  • radio, because at the time in Canada, I had -- I mean, many

  • people don't know this about me, because it seems as though

  • one just is at number one, it was that big massive oh, she

  • became a star overnight.

  • But to tell you the truth, I had been working so hard,

  • doing three shows a night, all day long going to radio

  • stations, doing -- the reason we're here at Google today is

  • because the original campaign for my music and my project

  • began with online media-based advertisements.

  • So that's really where I began.

  • So I remember I was in Canada, and I was really tired, and I

  • was about to go on stage at this outdoor performance -- I

  • actually think it was in Winnipeg, which is where Maria

  • Aragon is from, from the video.

  • And I remember I heard it, and I started crying.

  • And my tour manager, David, said, "How does it feel?" And

  • I said, "It's about damn time!" [ Laughter ]

  • >>Lady Gaga: So now when it comes on, it's a little bit

  • more of a gracious, humbling moment.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • >>Marissa Mayer: So in terms of other special moments,