Lady Gaga won her third Grammy this year and shook the world, not just with her music but her much-needed speech on mental health.
The Grammys are one of the biggest award functions in the world for musicians. Everyone looks forward to it and most artists dream of winning a Grammy trophy. Lady Gaga is no stranger to these awards as she has won multiple Grammys in the past. She doesn't look like she's done winning. This year, she won her third Grammy for her song 'Shallow' from the movie A Star Is Born. Gaga nabbed the award for best pop/group performance for the film’s duet at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, beating Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato for 'Fall In Line', the Backstreet Boys for their hit 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', Tony Bennett and Diana Krall for 'S Wonderful', and Maroon 5 and Cardi B for 'Girls Like You'. But the best thing about the night wasn't the award she won or the performances of the night, but Lady Gaga's winning speech.
Mental health issues are finally coming into the spotlight; they are finally getting the attention that they deserve. It is important to spread awareness about mental health and to take care of these issues. There is a very big percentage of people in the world who are victims of such issues and sadly, only a part of them have been diagnosed or can afford seeking help. People need to be encouraged to seek help when they need it and when they can. Many people do not seek help because they are under the impression that society will see them as weak. They need to know that there is nothing wrong in seeking help, and it is in fact, a very brave step to take.
People look up to their idols and other celebrities and this only shows that they have more power than anyone else does when it comes to spreading awareness. Lady Gaga is one of the most popular artists in the world. During the Grammys this year, she won her third award and chose not to thank the people during her speech, but instead said the things most people in the world need to hear. Her entire speech was about mental health and how it needs to be taken care of and addressed in the world. People need to come out and talk about their issues instead of bottling things up. They need to know that they are not alone.
During her speech, she said, “I gotta thank God, thank you for looking out for me. Thank you for my family at home, I love you. If I don’t get another chance to say this: I just want to say I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important. And a lot of artists deal with that and we got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even if it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you. I love you. Thank you so much to the Grammys.”
Lady Gaga has had a pretty good start to the year in terms of awards. Before winning the Grammy, she won the 2019 Critics’ Choice Award for best song for 'Shallow' from A Star is Born (and the same night her co-star Bradley Cooper picked up an award for the film’s music across the pond at the BAFTAs). She also won the award in the category 'best song for visual media' for 'Shallow' and 'best pop vocal performance' for the song 'Joanne' before the show. During her speech on the 13th of January, she said, “I’ll never forget playing it for Bradley [Cooper] for the first time and seeing his face light up and then singing it live together, take after take."
She continued, “I was mesmerized both as myself and as my character Ally. I was basking in the brilliant transformation of Bradley into Jackson Maine, singing on his stage, and overwhelmed by the storytelling and power in his voice." She concluded her speech saying, "I just have to say, as a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and a songwriter,” Gaga said on stage at the time. “These three incredible men… they lifted me up and supported me … Bradley, I love you.”
Me after Lady Gaga's speech at the Grammys. pic.twitter.com/iMxvhPDPU9— Angelica 🦈 (@jellywithjamz) February 11, 2019
Lady Gaga has been known to taking stands on various issues. She has acted as the voice of many people who do not have the privilege to speak about their issues on such big platforms. Although she gives examples from her own life and sometimes from the lives of people she knows personally, she was speaking on behalf of all the people who are suffering from mental illness or (as seen in her speech during Elle's 25th Women In Hollywood event) victims on mental health. There are many other celebrities like Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Demi Lovato, who are now starting to address mental illnesses.
I stan Lady Gaga for that #Grammys speech on mental health. She said & it goes out to each & every single person,— #DiaryOfNasawali (@nasawali_phame) February 11, 2019
"And if you’re hurting, even if it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you" pic.twitter.com/wrZENJCSCA
People on social media were moved by the speech. Here are how few of the people on Twitter reacted to what Lady Gaga had to say.
Kudos to her for speaking out. After the Pulse massacre, she spoke at a rally & vigil at the LA City Hall park & standing in the crowd, barely being able to see her, I was so impressed with her compassion, awareness, love, empathy & strong voice for activism. Bravo Lady Gaga!!!— Brad (@Dingodog) February 11, 2019
It's the stigma that keeps us silent anyone who fights their mind daily and wins is the strongest person you'll ever meet. Yet we are treated as lab rats w/meds that are questionable at best.— Amelia_Lake (@sweetaimup) February 11, 2019
I love Lady Gaga. She is a fabulous musician but more so a fabulous person. For her to bring up the subject of mental health and her speech says even more about her. Considering I deal with a Serious mental illness I know that place.— Elizabeth Horowitz (@ElizabethHorow8) February 11, 2019