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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga admitted to Billboard magazine that she debated quitting pop music at the end of 2014, but much to the delight of her Monsters, she kept on going and ultimately found herself by teaming up with Tony Bennett.

"That's what I learned from working with Tony: If talent isn't the thing, then you are way off-base," she said in the magazine. "That's why every up and down of my career was worth it—it has led me to epiphanies. We can't create without epiphanies."

But at Billboard's 10th Annual Women in Music Awards Friday, Mother Monster opened up to E! News about pushing through her struggles and revealed what kept her going, in addition to her collaboration with the "Fly Me to the Moon" crooner.

"For a second I sort of gave up myself, but you learn as you get older how to be wiser about the challenges in your life and to stay strong," she said. "Music has always kept me strong."

From the very beginning Gaga has turned to music to keep her going. "I came from a piano in a room by myself in New York, so you can achieve anything if you put your mind and hard work to it," she added.

Bennett was on hand to show his support for his collaborator, who was named Billboard's Woman of the Year and also received her first Golden Globe nomination for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel!

"The whole world has just fallen in love with her completely. She deserves it," Bennett told us. "We're sold out everywhere in the world. It's fabulous."

The "Rags to Riches" singer admitted the enormity of her skills took him by surprise when they first teamed up together. "It's just a wonderful friendship. Well I know how talented she is," he said. "She really studied very hard and she has a lot of knowledge."

Because their first album was so successful, will they release another? Watch to find out!