And, honestly, out of all the artists we have today, I'd put Gaga way up there as one of the ones who should be taken seriously as an artist. She has the talent, the rock star persona-- even if her music isn't always necessarily perfect, I truly think she is the real deal.
She can technically sing, but her artistry and persona is phony and mostly stolen from others.
How so? I know some of her music has been accused of being "reductive", but I wouldn't say her artistry is phony. She has always said that she admires all kinds of different artists and music-- Broadway, rock, dance-- and she incorporates whatever she loves into whatever she's doing.
Something I appreciate about Gaga is how hard she tries. IMO a big thing that makes someone an artist is that desperation to be the best and do your best, and I feel that from Gaga probably more than anyone in the industry. She always shoots for the stars-- whether or not she actually reaches them is debatable, but at least she's all in.