Lady Gaga + Britney Spears Go Head To Head In VH1’s Pop Queens Faceoff!

In a music industry full of dynamite female acts, who reigns supreme as the ultimate pop goddess? It’s a daunting question, but we are determined to find the answer. Let’s get ready to rumble, because the next round of VH1?s Pop Queen Faceoff continues! Today we’re pitting two of music’s biggest divas —Lady Gaga and Britney Spears against each other for one glitter-soaked cat fight. Who will come out on top? You decide!

[Artwork: Madelyn Somers]

Lady Gaga (2009)

By Ben Smith

The Lady Gaga of 2009 is without a doubt the most groundbreaking and fearless pop queen in music history. Her music videos, persona, fashion and pop culture innovations have gone where no artist has gone before. She makes Beyonce look conservative, Madonna look outdated and Britney Spears, pffft, Britney Spears is just a music industry puppet in comparison. If her latest album hasn’t made quite the splash as her earlier work, if her exercises in “life as pop art” seem no longer cutting edge, it is only in comparison to her take no prisoners past. The world as we know it in 2014 is a very different place than it was in 2009 and Lady Gaga is a big part of the reason why.

Let’s review, shall we? The once and future Gaga was born Stefani Germanotta in 1986 and grew up in the center of the known universe, AKA New York F***king City. It was there, raised in a tight night upper middle class Italian-American family, that she was exposed to the great diversity of mankind, to the innate attitude that everyone from Kiss to the Ramones has made a career out of, to hip hop’s relentless kick drum beat and the hedonistic club scene that has kept so many Catholic School girls up way past their bedtimes.

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