lady gaga kevin winter getty images2 Lady Gaga Celebrates Her Birthday During The Monster Ball At Her Sold Out STAPLES Center Performance

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Love her or hate her [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] is virtually everywhere.  The vastness of her grasp on pop culture was proved when walking through L.A. Live because the Little Monsters were out in full force.

It didn’t matter if they had a ticket to see their Mother Monster or not.  Her fans were there to support her by wearing their most creative outfits and summoning their inner Gaga to help celebrate the message that Lady Gaga is now so famous for spreading.

The story of discovering who you are and unapologetically being that person despite the eyebrow raises, the dirty looks and the fact that it means you don’t fit in.

And this has lead to a new state of being, the outsiders being the new insiders.  The freaks being the new plastics.  The dorks defaming the cheerleaders.

And the crowd gathered together to experience The Monster Ball with Mother Monster at the STAPLES Center was the definition of this seemingly impossible feat.

The STAPLES Center was filled with love, and if it wasn’t love, then it was at least acceptance for everything other than the norm.

When the curtain began to rise and the dim outline of Lady Gaga faintly appeared to a room of people dedicated to her message it all became clear.  Lady Gaga is a faint creature with a huge message that she hopes will redefine society.

In terms of technical ability Lady Gaga is at the top of her game, belting out songs like her voice is the perfect Persian carpet with cherubs on it that Kanye West was so desperately seeking out.

Gaga flourishes where most popstars fail, and that’s with her vocal capabilities.  Make no mistake, she’s aware of this and does everything in her power to make sure you do too.

She might not be the best technical dancer, but in comparison to recent live shows I’ve endured, Gaga has really got an edge on the competition.

For two-hours, The Monsters Ball rained down on Gaga’s fans of all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds.

Still, however perfect her performance might be, there’s one thing I don’t understand and it’s her ability to hammer away at an issue that almost makes it lose it’s appeal.

Her little monsters make her brave.  I know this cause everyone knows this.  Lady Gaga would not stop saying it and at some point it began to really put me off.

Can’t she just be number one and perform like the goddess of the stage that she truly is?  Is the whole world so simply duped that no one asks if they just want to see her performance or if it really is about the mystique Gaga’s established around The Monster Ball?

Perhaps, the best birthday present of all for Lady Gaga would be to instill in her the confidence that she truly deserves to have.

Lady Gaga’s Setlist for Monster Ball at the STAPLES Center on March 28, 2011

  • “Let’s Dance”
  • “Money Honey”
  • “The Fame”
  • “Love Game”
  • “Boys Boys Boys”
  • “Telephone”
  • “Born This Way (acoustic)”
  • “You & I”
  • “Monster”
  • “Teeth”
  • “Poker Face”
  • “Summerboy”
  • “Paparazzi”
  • “Bad Romance”
  • “Born This Way” (encore performance)
  • “Happy Birthday”

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