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Gaga, Bieber Are Most Charitable Celebs of 2011

Lady Gaga tops DoSomething.org’s list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for the second year in a row, according to the site.

The list, compiled by the volunteer organization, ranks celebrities according to their charitable work and donations.

The “Born This Way” singer held on to her No. 1 spot thanks to her anti-bullying efforts, like her Born This Way Foundation. Gaga is followed by fellow pop star Justin Bieber.

Bieber, who sat at No. 10 on last year’s list, nabs second place in 2011. He launched the Believe Charity Drive, benefiting music education and children’s cancer, and also encouraged fans to participate in Pencils of Promise, which raises money for new schools.

George Clooney comes in third place, followed by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Will and Jada also aren’t the only power couple who give back. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore (despite splitting up in November) and Brangelina also made the list.

(Flying solo, Nick Cannon makes the list without wife Mariah Carey.)

For the full list, visit DoSomething.org.

Trump Takes Credit for Lady Gaga’s Stardom?

According to Politico and The Washington Post, Donald Trump writes in his new book that he helped make Lady Gaga “a big star.”

In “Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again,” the mogul muses, “maybe she became a star because I put her on the Miss Universe Pageant. It’s very possible, who knows what would have happened without it, because she caused a sensation.”

In case you didn’t catch that particular beauty competition, Lady Gaga performed at the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant. A latex-clad Mother Monster sang her hit “Just Dance” as contestants shook their stuff in bikinis.

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Trump, 65, adds of the pop star’s current fame, “I really believe I had at least something to do with it.”

Time to Get Tough” hits shelves this week.

Lady Gaga Wants a Well-Endowed, Harvard-Educated Man

What turns Lady Gaga on? “It ranges from a really big d-ck to a degree at Harvard,” the 25-year-old singer tells The Sun.

Explains the native New Yorker (real name: Stefani Germanotta): “That’s a bit more difficult than a box of Milk Tray and Tesco flowers.”

Among the pop star’s other requirements: “Talent and perseverance and pushing the boundaries of love and acceptance.”

Ironically, the singer’s latest love, Vampire Diaries star Taylor Kinney, 30, didn’t attend Harvard. He studied studied business management at West Virginia University before deciding to become an actor.

The couple met on the set of Gaga’s “You and I” video in July and have been dating ever since. “Gaga can’t be too committed because she works 24/7,” an insider recently warned Us Weekly. “But she think’s he’s super cute!”

Bill Clinton Does Funny or Die Video

Following his serenade from Lady Gaga, former U.S. President Bill Clinton is showing more pop culture panache with a Funny or Die comedy sketch that premiered Saturday.

The five-minute video, “Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm,” was shown at the Hollywood Bowl during Saturday’s concert benefiting the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation. Comedy web site Funny or Die posted the video at midnight on Tuesday.

The sketch sees the Clinton Foundation’s Celebrity Division (Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen) brainstorming ideas for the organization.

Kristen Wiig pitches a “Global Breathing Initiative,” wherein everyone in the world would hold their breath for one minute per day, thereby reducing carbon emissions.

Sean Penn suggests an initiative “whereby people do not steal my lunch from the break room fridge.” Matt Damon suggests an office softball team to boost morale. “The mascot would be a cheetah,” he says. Jack Black chimes in via video chat with a catchy theme song.

At the end of the sketch, Clinton catches Kevin Spacey making a crank call from his office.

Though it may appear that the cast members were together shooting the video, only Stiller, Danson and Steenburgen were actually ever in the same room.

Clinton was shot at his Foundation office in New York, and though he’s shown with Kevin Spacey, the actor was actually shot in California, as was Jack Black. The rest of the cast was in New York.

“It was long days for the crew, for sure, creating that continuity and that world where they’re together, right down to the littlest things, like where a bagel was placed,” said the video’s producer, Christin Trogan.

Lady Gaga Meets President Obama!

The little monsters’ leader met the President of the USA on Sunday!

Lady Gaga attended a political fundraiser for President Barack Obama in Silicon Valley, Calif. According to CNN, the $35,800-a-person event for about 70 people was hosted in the yard of Facebook’s COO, Cheryl Sandberg.

On Wednesday, the 25-year-old pop star (real name: Stefani Germanotta) told her fans via Twitter she’s spent the past [few] days “reflecting, crying and yelling.” Her outrage, she explained, was over the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who took his own life because of bullying.

The teen, who took his life on Sept. 18, wrote in his final tweet: “Bye Mother Monster. Thank you for all you have done. Paws up forever.”

“I have so much anger,” Gaga said. “Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime. I am meeting with our president. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it.”

According to ABC News sources, Gaga asked Obama, 50, a question during the Q&A. She reportedly thanked him for what he’s accomplished and hosting his anti-bullying conference with Michelle Obama earlier this year. A source told the site the “You and I” singer then pleaded to “everyone in the room, including the president, to do what they can to prevent bullying.”

Lady Gaga Sings Tribute To Bullied Teen At Festival

Pop star Lady Gaga is aiming to make bullying illegal following the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer, and over the weekend played a tribute to the 14-year-old, who took his life last week.

“I wanted to take a minute, because, I don’t know if any of you know this, but we lost a Little Monster,” she informed the crowd. “I wanted to dedicate this song to him tonight because he was really young.”

As she launched into the single “Hair,” she explained to the audience, “I wrote this record about how your identity’s all you’ve got when you’re in school…Jamey, I know you’re up there looking down on us. And you’re not a victim, you’re a lesson to all of us. So tonight, I know it’s a bit of a downer, but sometimes the right thing’s more important than the music isn’t it? Let’s do this for him – for Jamey.”

On September 18, the 14-year-old was found dead outside of his parents home in Buffalo, New York. His parents told Anderson Cooper on “AC: 360” that he’d endured bullying for years.

Rodemeyer, who’d been harassed at school because of his sexuality, counted Gaga as an inspiration. He said in a video he recorded as part of the It Gets Better campaign that he’d found solace and encouragement in the pop star’s message of self-acceptance.

Following Jamey’s death, Gaga tweeted, “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger…It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life….Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime. I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey.”

Who Is Jo Calderone?

When Lady Gaga spoke to MTV News about what her 2011 VMA performance might entail, she described it as a continuation of everything she’s ever done. Now that the world has finally seen her VMA performance of “You And I,” we now know what she meant. Lady Gaga opened the VMAs this year as Jo Calderone, her male alter ego.

We first met Jo Calderone when Lady Gaga posed for Vogue Hommes Japan in September of 2010. In the photo shoot, she sported a masculine white button down and men’s slacks. Her female-to-male transformation was really complete with the power of hair and makeup, or lack thereof — Jo Calderone sports a slicked back ’50s greaser hairdo with thick sideburns and dark, brooding eyes. He’s also usually smoking a cigarette. Many Little Monsters may have thought that Jo’s appearance in Vogue Hommes Japan was a one-time deal, but this is Lady Gaga we’re talking about, people — there’s a deeper meaning to everything that she does.

Jo Calderone didn’t show up again until we saw Lady Gaga’s single cover for “Yoü And I,” where he’s seen on the cover showing us his profile and exhaling smoke from his cigarette. When the “Yoü And I” video premiered, fans got their first true look at Gaga’s male alter ego in action, as Gaga appears as Jo during about a third of the video, seated on top of a piano while Lady Gaga plays beneath him.

Lady Gaga’s appearance at the 2011 VMAs as Jo Calderone marks the world’s fourth look at Gaga’s male alter ego, and once again, she has us all scratching our heads. Not only did Gaga carry out her VMA performance as Jo Calderone, but she didn’t break character the entire night. So we have to ask: Is Jo Calderone some kind of performance art, or is Lady Gaga actually becoming Jo Calderone? We don’t even know if Lady Gaga can answer that question.

Lady Gaga as a Man?

Lady Gaga certainly got the crowd going (and gossiping, trust) when she took the stage dressed as her alter ego … a dude. While twitter started blowing up about her resemblance to Ralph Maccio, the actor of course became a trending topic immediately.

“I’m a trending topic right now thanks to @ladygaga on VMA’s! Respect.” Ralph tweeted.

Smoking a cigarette, wearing a suit and a mullet type wig, Gaga — who referred to herself in the third person as Joe Calderone while presenting to Britney Spears – belted out an amazing performance of You and I.

Performance aside, lots of people are talking about Gaga’s over-the-top schtick — especially since she continued it throughout the entire show. What did you think of it? Too much, or just Gaga being her unusual self?

Did Gaga’s stage persona push things a little too far?

Gaga Top-Ranked Celeb On ‘Powerful Women’ List

Forbes’ latest “100 Most Powerful Women” list is out, and political heavy-hitters like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, predictably scored top spots.

But the top of the list also includes Lady Gaga!

The controversial pop star is listed at No. 11, surpassing all the other celebrities on the list.

Gaga, 25, outranks even Oprah Winfrey (No. 14), coming in just above Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times.

Queen Elizabeth is No. 49, just for context.

Other celebs on the list include Beyonce (No. 18), Angelina Jolie (No. 29), Ellen DeGeneres (No. 55), and Gisele Bündchen (No. 60).

A very Gaga Christmas

I know it’s still August, but I can tell you that Santa Claus’ workshop is going to have some stiff competition this holiday season.

Lady Gaga will be creating her own workshop campaign for the iconic New York City department store, Barneys.

The retailer has given Gaga an entire floor to create her workshop, as well as the famous store windows to show her display. There will also be a collection of Gaga’s Workshop gift items that will raise money for a charity of her choice.

The retailer has given Gaga an entire floor to create her workshop, as well as the famous store windows to show her display. There will also be a collection of Gaga’s Workshop gift items that will raise money for a charity of her choice.

Today, Barneys released a sneak peek at what to expect in the coming months. It is a cartoon image of a very festive Gaga with blue hair and a sparkly red jumpsuit! The image will be used on shopping bags and the company’s website.

Checking out the holiday windows at Barneys is an annual tradition here in New York City. So I love that Gaga will be involved this year. I’m also loving the fact that this will raise money for charity.

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