It is the 30th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities month, and who better than Lady Gaga and Sophia Loren to be honored? The two most revolutionary and inspiring icons in the fields of art, acting, and humanities were bestowed upon with separate awards for their work on the night of October 19 at The National Arts Awards.
Gaga posted a string of images to her Instagram account, telling her 11.3 million fans about her night. The first photo she posted was captioned, “Tonight really meant the world to me. This award stands beyond special, The National Arts Awards awarding me as a musician, philanthropist and fine artist with the YOUNG ARTIST award.” The photo was of her holding her award and posing with two other individuals, one of whom is Klaus Biesenbach, the curator of the Museum of Modern Art and the one to present the prestigious award to Lady Gaga. The second picture Lady Gaga shared was a more playful one, featuring singer Tony Bennett and director Rob Marshall.
In the next post, Gaga was seen posing with beauty Sophia Loren, with both of them holding one award. While the “Born This Way” hit-maker received the Young Artist Award, Loren was presented with the Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award. For the caption, the 29-year-old wrote, “Me and Sophia speakin’ Italian. I called her ragazza all night [sic].” (The word “ragazza” roughly translates to “girl” or “girlfriend” in English.)
Gaga wore a beautiful red ensemble with a risqué thigh-high slit—a much more glamorous look than we’re used to seeing from Lady Gaga—while Loren stunned at 81 in a black, low-cut lace gown. In the last two images Gaga shared, she praised Marc Jacobs for making her an outfit that fit her “like a (good) glove,” and showed off the decadent pie that was served at the event.
When she accepted the award, Gaga candidly admitted, “I don’t think there is a single award that is more meaningful to me than this one,” which is saying a lot coming from someone who’s won six Grammy Awards. The singer also paid homage to her true identity, Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta (her birth name), thanking the audience for accepting her as an artist, as opposed to her “Lady Gaga” persona. She explained that in watching movies, reading books, creating art, and meeting with so many different artists, she was able to invent something—her Lady Gaga identity—that was “much stronger” than she ever could’ve been on her own. She wrapped up her acceptance speech by calling the award “the best thing that’s ever happened” to her.
Lady Gaga’s Instagram page, accessed October 20, 2015.
Weiss, Z., “Lady Gaga Won Her Most “Meaningful” Award Ever Last Night,” Observer web site, October 20, 2015.