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Lady Gaga appears in a promotional photo for her Thanksgiving special A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. - Provided courtesy of ABC

Lady Gaga voted AP 'Entertainer of the Year'

12/19/2011 by Nichole Hamilton

Lady Gaga, known for her unique style and charity work, has been voted "Entertainer of the Year" by The Associated Press.

Hours after the wire serve announced the news on Monday, December 19, spam messages were posted from the 25-year-old singer's Twitter account, suggesting it was hacked.

Her honor of "Entertainer of the Year" was voted on by 135 AP editors and broadcasters, who sought to choose the individual who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2011. Lady Gaga narrowly edged out the late Apple founder Steve Jobs by three votes, as well as others such as Taylor Swift, Charlie Sheen, Adele and the cast of "Harry Potter," according to the AP news wire.

Whether Lady Gaga is arriving to award shows in an egg, hitting a record-breaking 17 million followers on Twitter or launching her own foundation, she's definitely making headlines.

Lady Gaga's 2011 album "Born This Way" has earned her numerous awards and nominations, with hit songs such as "Judas," "Born This Way," "You and I" and "The Edge of Glory." The record debuted in the top five spots in almost every major market and received three Grammy nominations, Album of the Year, which marked the singer's third consecutive nod in the category.

Previous winners of the AP Entertainer of the Year award include Betty White, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, is known for her campaign against bullying, and met with President Barack Obama at a fundraiser in September. The "mother monster" read to the president what she said was a letter from a fan about the suicide of another fan who had been bullied.

Gaga is launching her Born This Way foundation in the coming year with the help of the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University, according to the Associated Press.

The foundation, which is named after both her second album and debut single off the record, will be a nonprofit and deal with "issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development." The Grammy Award-winning singer will be a director of the foundation along with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.

The singer more recently told viewers of her ABC Thanksgiving special that she posed nude for Tony Bennett to allow him to sketch her. It was announced that the sketch would be auctioned for charity, and as of December 19, the sketch's top bid is at $25,200.

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