Lady Gaga will replace Beyonce as Coachella headliner

The singer confirmed the news with a tweet that read, "Let's party in the desert!"
By Ian Marsh | Mar 01, 2017
Mother Monster is taking over Coachella duties for the expectant mother, Beyonce. The music festival has announced Lady Gaga will headline both weekends of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, following Beyonce's pregnancy-prompted drop-out.

The singer confirmed the news with a tweet that read, "Let's party in the desert!"

The festival announced five days ago that the singer, who is pregnant with twins, would not be performing at the festival on the advice of her doctors. Lady Gaga will now headline those two weekends at the festival on April 15 and 22.

In a statement, Beyonce said that she has to follow her doctor's orders and read in part; "Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival."

Beyonce is set to headline Coachella 2018 as a make-up of sorts. Lady Gaga was also this year's Super Bowl halftime performer. Both stars were among the performers at the Grammys earlier this month, where Adele controversially picked up the album of the year over perceived favorite Beyonce.

Lady Gaga will be joined at Coachella 2017 by other headliners that include Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, and Lorde.

As for Gaga, it will be interesting to see if the pop star recycles parts of her Super Bowl performance or gives fans a sneak peek of the Joanne World Tour, which kicks off in Vancouver, Canada on August 1. If her recent performances are any indication, she's likely to stick with the hits from her imperial phase (2008 2011).


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