The superstar found out about the Billboard news in the aftermath of her father's open-heart surgery, she revealed to MTV News. The record-setting performance left her in tears.
"Obviously, I cried like a baby when they told me that that happened," Gaga said. "It was even more exciting because my dad had just recovered from his surgery, so it was kind of like this amazing moment that I got to share."
Gaga gave credit to her fans for supporting her music and understanding the connection of it to her essential self. "I just love my fans and they come before anything," she said. "Extraneous relationships, they come and go, but your fans — they love that part of you that not everyone can understand. The misconception that the music and the work is separate from me as a human being is so misinformed and wrong. I am my work. I am every breathing moment of my life."
A crucial part of that life — one she admitted she only truly learned to value during time spent traveling and performing around the world over the past year — is her family. For that reason, she was especially happy to be able to share the Billboard development with her father. "You can make as many records as you will and write as many albums as you will and do as many tours as you will — but you only get one set of parents," she said.