The 24-year-old diva is no longer just a music superstar — she's an icon, a living piece of performance art.

By EW Staff
Updated December 03, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST
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Everything Lady Gaga does is news. She can’t reach one billion YouTube views, take in an afternoon Mets game, or even step out in a nice dress made of raw slabs of bovine flesh without the media and her fans (call them Little Monsters, won’t you?) rushing to the blogosphere to dissect her every move. So to honor the Year in Gaga, EW turned to that other blond, attention-seeking global pop culture legend (and occasional fashion victim): Barbie. After all, Barb, isn’t it about time you shed your vanilla image? And nothing says ”edge” like a meat dress.

PREMIERE OF ”TELEPHONE” VIDEO FEATURING BEYONCÉ MARCH 11
As a follow-up to their 2009 collaboration ”Video Phone,” Gaga and Beyoncé upped the crazy ante with this extravagant clip chronicling the duo’s poison-pancake-syrup crime spree and featuring more lesbian overtones than an entire season of The L Word.

CITI FIELD, QUEENS JUNE 10
Gaga at a baseball game doesn’t exactly seem newsworthy, but add a single-finger salute (and the fact that she was sitting in Jerry Seinfeld’s private box) and you’ve got yourself some headlines. While Seinfeld slammed the singer as ”a jerk,” Gaga, a New York City native, later tweeted an unapologetic explanation: ”A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush.”

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, LOS ANGELES SEPT. 12
Clad in a meat dress — the purpose of which, she told Ellen DeGeneres later, was to let the world know ”I am not a piece of meat” — Gaga took home the trophy for Video of the Year for ”Bad Romance.” Given that there was no post-VMAs salmonella outbreak in L.A., we can only assume Gaga was hosed down by hazmat-suit-wearing MTV staffers after the show.

THE MONSTER BALL TOUR 2009 ? PRESENT
Gaga’s elaborate show — which involves 10 costume changes and massive pyrotechnics (the singer even sets her piano on fire during ”Speechless”) — has captivated fans and is on track to bank at least a cool $200 million by the time it wraps in May 2011. That could buy a lot of meat dresses.

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