Lady Gaga Says Her Fans Inspire Her To Make Music

'I discovered lots of things about myself that I didn't know before through my fans,' she tells MTV News.

[artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] has never been shy about thanking her fans for supporting her and her music. She speaks candidly about how much they have helped to shape her career and bring the sometimes-kooky pop star to the mainstream.

So with all the incredible success and accolades she's had in the last year, it's fitting that Gaga is once again making sure her fans are getting the attention they deserve for sticking by her side. "The past year, it's been unbelievable," she said. "It's been a phenomenal, inspiring experience."

She credits her fans for not only proudly showing their Gaga love, but also inspiring her to continue making art. "I love my fans so much, and more than anything, I discovered lots of things about myself that I didn't know before through my fans," she said. "Because I was giving them so much in my shows."

Gaga said she really feels their love during her live shows. "I have a very raw performance style and [I'm] leaving my heart on the stage every night, and they were giving me so much back in return that when the show was over, I wanted to write," she explained. "I wanted to make music."

Gaga and her fans will reunite when she kicks off her Monster Ball Tour, where she will be battling her monsters. "It's part pop, part performance art, part fashion installation," she explained. "So all of those things are present."