When it comes to music artists I put Lady Gaga in a special category. The 'Love/Hate' category. You either love her or you hate her. Other artists in that category are Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Justin Bieber etc. You get the point. Even though tons of folks may hate them, enough people love them to allow for a pretty damn good living that most of us will never experience.

In addition to making a good living, some of the artists in my 'Love/Hate' category also make a HUGE impact on pop culture and even more importantly, on their peers. It's actually quite possible that artist that you hate, probably had a huge influence on the artist that you love.

Lady Gaga is one of those artists. Her impact is the most transparent, and if you don't believe me, check out these 'Before & After' photos of some of the most successful pop stars in music today.