It’s official: Lady Gaga announced in a tweet on February 28 that she is going to replace Beyoncé at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this April. Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins, announced in a statement with the Associated Press that she will not perform at Coachella this year but plans to headline the festival in 2018 instead.
Following the bombshell news about Queen Bey’s pregnancy on February 1, it is no surprise to many that she will not be headlining Coachella in the event of her pregnancy. In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday (Feb. 23), Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the pop star had to pull out of the famed festival under doctor’s orders. Officials said Beyoncé was “following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months.”
It was important to Coachella organizers that a female performer replaces Beyoncé, insiders tell Billboard, and so Lady Gaga will become the first woman to headline the festival since Björk in 2007. Gaga, who headlined the halftime show at the 2017 Super Bowl in February, confirmed the news on her Twitter feed and said, “Let’s party in the desert” with a photo of the updated set list for the weekend with her name. Didn’t see the tweet? You can access it here.
The star will be taking the stage on both Saturdays, April 15 and 20. Gaga also recently went full rocker in her performance with Metallica at the 2017 Grammys and the star did everything but hold back. She dove knee deep into the rock persona that set off a social media firestorm about how iconic the performance was.
2017 seems to be Lady Gaga’s year. After giving a subtle gesture to the LGBTQ community in her Super Bowl performance with songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “Poker Face,” Gaga let her music do the talking instead of her mouth. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Gaga said, “I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies.”
Gaga will join an impressive lineup that includes some of my personal favorite headliners like Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, the XX, and more.