Lady Gaga Talks New Album, Admiration for Michelle Obama

Lady Gaga’s new album “Joanne” is out today and she is excited for her fans to enjoy it.

“I love my fans so much and I hope they love it. It’s a special day,” the six-time Grammy Award-winner said on “Good Morning America” today.

The singer explained that the album is named after her father’s sister, Joanne, which is also Gaga’s middle name.

“She died in 1974 and the tragedy really stayed with our family and our whole lives and I wanted to make a record about family and friendship and togetherness and learning from the past and that’s why we’re here today,” she said.

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Gaga is thrilled that she will be able to showcase her new material at the coveted Super Bowl halftime show, especially because her beloved grandmother, Joanne’s mother, will be in the audience.

“We’ve been already planning it and thinking of all the different ways we can make this a special experience for the football fans,” the “Mother Monster” said. “I was thinking yesterday about how wonderful it’s going to be also playing maybe new songs from the new record at the Super Bowl with my grandmother, who is Joanne’s mother. She’s blind but she’ll be able to hear I think from the stands. And I think it will be a proud moment for our family and that means more to me than anything.”

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The album combines many different genres, including country, that have influenced her over the years, but at the end of the day, Gaga said, it’s “just my brand of pop.”

“My mother is from West Virginia, and I grew up listing tocountry music with her and I’ve dated my fair share of cowboys as well, so that had an influence,” she laughed. “But the album isn’t just country. It’s folk, it’s dance, it’s pop, it’s funk. Some of my vocal jazz influence also flies in there, too. There’s some rock and roll influence from growing up listening to rock and roll with my father. But essentially it is a pop record. It’s just my brand of pop and what I like to make and push the envelope.”

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The singer was also humbled to be featured in T, The New York Times Style Magazine, along with first lady Michelle Obama.

“It was really an honor to be recognized in T magazine as one of the greats with Michelle Obama,” she said. “Truly she is, I think, the greatest woman in our country right now.

“Her rhetoric and the way she speaks to the world, it’s just been amazing to watch her candor and her love shine through on the TV every day. It makes us all feel safe I think.”