Lady Gaga has said countless times that she has been influenced by Madonna. But does Madonna see it as flattery or a rip off of her style and music? Well the answer is…
not exactly clear… In an interview with Newsweek Madonna commented that Lady Gaga’s 2011 single “Born This Way” was a “redo” of her song “Express Yourself.”
“I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song Madonna says. “I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was… interesting.”
In a new interview with 20/20 Madonna says:
“I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well done,” she said.
Madonna said sometimes Gaga’s work also appears to be a “statement about taking something that was in the Zeitgeist, you know, 20 years ago and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it.”
“There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I can’t really be annoyed by it …because, obviously, I’ve influenced her.” But the Material Girl became coy when the conversation turned to “Born This Way.” “When I heard it on the radio …I said that sounds very familiar,” Madonna said.