Lady Gaga's status and position in the world of popular music has not gone unnoticed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is to receive the very first Contemporary Icon Award according to an announcement made by the hall this week. The 29-year-old New York-born singer-songwriter commonly seeks to push the boundaries in whatever activity she involves herself in, and she is certainly a major player in the music world with millions of sales behind her. 'Iconic' is certainly one word that could be used to describe her behaviour when in the public eye, in addition to 'flamboyant' in terms of her fashion sense.

In a statement issued from the hall, Ms Gaga was described as having an "iconic status in pop culture" and they are seemingly keen to reward one of their own. The 46thSongwriters Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Dinner is to be held in the heart of New York City at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 18th.

While being widely recognisable from her distinctive vocal style, Ms Gaga (born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) has also been involved in the writing of many of her hit songs. She became the first woman to win the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Digital Diamond Award and Forbes have consistently included her among "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" listing.

Added to those accolades, she has also been named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.

Not content with that, she formed the "Born This Way Foundation" in partnership with her mother Cynthia Germanotta back in 2011, demonstrating her philanthropic interests. The non-profit organisation aims to improve communities and provide inspiration to the youth of today, helping them to gain life skills.

Besides the new award for Lady Gaga, a number of additional names will be inducted into the Hall of Fame itself. The list of those to be honoured includes Willie Dixon, Bobby Braddock, Toby Keith, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Linda Perry and a name familiar to British Music fans, Cyndi Lauper.