Pop Stars Gaga for Gaga

lady gagaLady Gaga performs at the 13th annual Human Rights Campaign dinner. (Richard A. Lipski/TWP)

By Chris Richards

In today's Post, Dan Zak reports from Saturday's Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington where Lady Gaga accepted her metaphorical crown as America's newest, hottest, pants-averse Gay Icon. Meantime, Gaga has enjoyed a year of co-signs from all across the pop music spectrum. We compile a list of high-profile endorsements for the artist formerly known as Stefani Germanotta.

(After the jump, nods from rappers, shock-rockers and VH1-crooners - oh my!)

Kanye West
kanye west

May 20: Ever the trendsetter, Kanye West casually declares Lady Gaga the new Madonna on his blog. He would soon announce plans to team up with Gaga for the ill-fated "Fame Kills" tour, a co-headlining affair that went kaput after Kanye snatched that microphone out of Taylor Swift's hands at the VMAs.

Wale
wale

June 3: Washington rap phenom Wale releases the video for "Chillin," a sing-songy track with a vocal hook tailor-made for M.I.A. or Santigold. Instead, Wale zags left and invites Gaga to the party. Sadly, she does not appear in the scenes shot at Ben's Chili Bowl.

Marilyn Manson
manson

June 11: PerezHilton.com premieres a remix Gaga's "LoveGame" with guest vocals by none other than erstwhile parent-terrorizer, Marilyn Manson. Photos of Manson and Gaga in the studio are strangely adorable.

Michael Bolton
bolton

August 28: Britain's Metro reports that Michael Bolton not only hopes
to employ Gaga for songwriting duties on his forthcoming album
, but that Gaga approached him about the possible collaboration. Perhaps Mike could replace Kanye on the "Fame Kills" tour?

Madonna
madonna

October 4: "Saturday Night Live" reprises its painful "Deep House Dish" skit in order to stage a mock-cat-fight between the queen of pop and her heir apparent. It's an awkward passing of the torch, and somehow, Andy Samberg's latest digital short still manages to be funnier.

By David Malitz |  October 12, 2009; 7:37 AM ET Lists
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