This Monday, March 28, is many things — cold, rainy, the day after the Easter holiday, a giant headache, etc. etc.
But on the bright side — and this is the only thing keeping me from screaming at my desk right now, btw — Monday is also Mother Monster Lady Gaga's 30th birthday. And since she is a freaking queen who spent her last several months twirling all over them "ArtFLOP" haters, I think her day of birth gives us plenty to celebrate and look up to, no?
I mean, many of us can relate to feeling like we've failed at something, but Gaga's ARTPOP scenario played out on the national stage — with even the almighty Vice claiming that the underselling album was the "slow and bitter end of Lady Gaga's career." However, a mere two-ish years later, Gaga is back, seemingly happier than ever, and proving that second (and third, and fourth...) chances are not only possible, they're probable when you ignore the naysayers and work for it.
Here are all of the ways she's owning it in 2016:
She rocked the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
Most of the Super Bowl performance press ended up going to the Beyonce controversy, but pretty much everyone was in agreement that Gaga's performance was soulful, and ultimately very respectful to the red, white, and blue. I think a lot of people were expecting old school meat dress Gaga to turn the anthem into a pop spectacle, so when she showed up in her red suit and kept it simple, America was impressed. But of course, that wasn't all she had in store.
She won a freaking Golden Globe.
Was I expecting Gaga to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series for "American Horror Story: Hotel" at the Golden Globes? Nope! Did I think Kirsten Dunst maybe should have won instead, for "Fargo?" Yep!
But still, Gaga was the epitome of class and glamour at the Globes, and it's hard to fault the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for being wowed by her performance as The Countess. When it's Gaga's year, it's Gaga's year!
She made everybody cry at the Oscars.
She may not have won Best Original Song for "Til it Happens To You," but her performance of the song from "The Hunting Ground" was a universal highlight of the 2016 Oscars. There wasn't a dry eye in the house after she called real life sexual assault survivors onstage with her in a sign of solidarity.
She was given the almighty David Bowie tribute at the Grammys.
Sure, David Bowie's son Duncan Jones didn't seem to be a fan of Gaga's medley of the late legend's hits, but whatever. The viewers at home were, and just being asked to perform the Big Bowie Tribute was a huge deal for Gaga, and it definitely proved once and for all that ARTPOP didn't end her career as a pop singer.