Legions of loving and loyal fans offer allegiance to Lady Gaga, not only for her unmistakable gift of tone, temperament, and tenderness in creating a song but for her genuine caring for people that reaches far beyond the moniker of “Mother Monster” given to her years ago. Lady Gaga lives out inclusion, validation, and acceptance in her life, and through outreach initiatives, such as her Born This Way Foundation, her partnership with the former vice president, Joe Biden, in protecting sexual assault victims, and her mental health campaign, #BeKindBeTheDifference, which launched last spring.

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It's not surprising that Stefani Germanotta, the genuine, caring, and unpretentious soul behind being Lady Gaga, builds such connections with her collaborators. With Christmas shimmer all around, remembrances and replays of her seasonal duets with Tony Bennett still fill the air and the soul, as do her moments on stage for a cause with Sir Elton John and many other stellar artists. The singer-songwriter has a gift for letting others shine their brightest because she is there, applauding them, and exuding encouragement.

Lady Gaga gushes with gratitude to castmates over SAG and Grammy award nominations. [Image source: Lady Gaga-YouTube]
Lady Gaga gushes with gratitude to castmates over SAG and Grammy award nominations. [Image source: Lady Gaga-YouTube]

When the announcement came just hours ago on December 14 per MSN and BANG Showbiz that her indelible breakout film as an actress, “A Star Is Born” had earned nomination by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Cast, the multitalented star took on the affections of a warm Italian mother, sending out heartfelt words of love and support for all involved in the creative process of creating a new story for “A Star Is Born.”

More than mutual admiration

Late-night host, Stephen Colbert, couldn't say enough about how deeply he was moved by the film when Lady Gaga was his guest in October.

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He reiterated again and again that the power and the message of the movie which “changes you as a person,” and conveys the importance of being there to listen to each other.

Bradley Cooper was absolutely committed to doing “A Star Is Born” with new characters, with their own stories to tell, and he knew that Lady Gaga was his leading lady after seeing her perform “La Vie En Rose” at a charity event. The two seemed to forge a soul connection at the start because Lady Gaga gushed over Cooper's singing “the moment he opened his mouth,” insisting that she instantly believed every note and its pathos.

Confidence is a huge component in the story of “A Star Is Born,” as the character of Ally evolves into seeing herself as a true artist, not just a girl with a knack for songwriting, hungry and willing to sing any song.

Lady Gaga described herself as “completely emotional” and deeply honored with her SAG nomination alongside Cooper and Sam Elliott, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. She continues with her Twitter message, relating how “A real family was built with this cast and I am so grateful.”

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga also had good news with the Golden Globe nominations last week.

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More reasons to celebrate

Lady Gaga didn’t leave out Bradley Cooper and giving thanks for her Grammy nominations for the signature ballad, “Shallow,” from the film. Beyond praising him as a “true artist and musician,” her deepest gratitude came for the “friendship and the power of his artistry,” and she echoed being proud “to stand with him” in this recognition for the effort. The pair nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo Performance.

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The songwriter expressed that she was “in tears all morning” over the nominations from the Recording Academy, thanking them profusely. “Shallow” also got nods for Record of the Year and Best Song Written for Visual Media.

The exquisite, stripped-down piano version of “Joanne,” the loving tribute to the aunt lost too soon from complications of lupus and, also earned a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. The touching song became the title track of Lady Gaga's album last year, and the composer conveyed how the song “revived me” as Lady Gaga herself was coping with physical and emotional recovery. Lady Gaga has courageously shared her battle with fibromyalgia with her fans, and her love of family was also on display in her “Five Foot Two” documentary. The intimate, day in the life film depicts the rigors therapy routine that the performer maintains in order to perform with the power to match her music’s emotion.

All of New York will be treated to some of Broadway's best talents, 54 of them to be exact, taking their own turns with Lady Gaga's roster of songs on January 8 at Feinstein's/54 Below on West 54th Street. The one-night-only event, “54 Sings Lady Gaga,” will feature Isaac Powell, Carrie St. Louis, and Lauren Marcus, among the dozen performers who tackle the iconic catalog. Proceeds will benefit the Born This Way Foundation.

The SAG Awards ceremony will be January 27, 2019, and the Grammys go out on February 10.

In her music and in life, Lady Gaga has learned the joy of sharing her limelight.

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