Lady Gaga steps in for pregnant Beyonce at Coachella

New York - Lady Gaga has stepped in to replace the pregnant Beyonce at Coachella, ensuring that the premier music festival has a woman headliner for the first time in a decade.

Coachella, one of the most lucrative music events in the world, late Tuesday posted an updated lineup with Lady Gaga now the headliner on April 15 and April 22.

"Let's party in the desert," Lady Gaga, who will offer a glimpse of her upcoming world tour, wrote on Instagram as she shared Coachella's new poster.

Coachella takes place over two consecutive weekends with identical lineups in the desert of southern California, where up to 200,000 people flock each year for an extravaganza of music, fashion and partying.

Beyonce had been due to headline Coachella each Saturday alongside British experimental rockers Radiohead on Fridays and acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar on Sundays.

But Coachella last week said Beyonce had been obliged to cancel on doctors' orders as she is expecting twins with her husband, rap mogul Jay Z.

Coachella would have been the sole concert this year by Beyonce and ticket resale prices for the sold-out festival had slumped immediately after her cancellation.

Beyonce announces she's pregnant with twins

  • We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. - The Carters
  • Pop superstar Beyonce announced February 1, 2017, that she is pregnant, this time with twins.
  • Beyonce, who already has a five-year-old daughter with her husband, rap mogul Jay Z, showed a picture of herself on Instagram in lingerie, her arms cradling her rounded belly.
  • "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over," Beyonce wrote.
  • "We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for all your well wishes," she wrote, signing with Jay Z.
  • Rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce with daughter Blue Ivy Carter onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.
  • Beyonce performs on stage during a Get Out The Vote concert in support of Hillary Clinton at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio on November 4, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands with Beyonce and Jay Z at a campaign rally where Jay Z and Beyonce played a free concert in Cleveland, Ohio November 4, 2016.
  • Beyonce Knowles and Jay Z attend the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Jay Z and Beyonce sit court side during the third quarter of the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat in game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center.
  • Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce arrive at the second presidential inauguration of President Barack Obama on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in this January 21, 2013 file photo.

While Beyonce has been increasingly experimental in the past year, Lady Gaga - famous for her attention-grabbing outfits - turned to a more classic pop sound on her latest album "Joanne."

Lady Gaga put on a well-received, acrobatic-intense performance in February during halftime of the Super Bowl - the most widely watched television event each year in the United States.

A week later she took an entirely new approach as she transformed into a metalhead at the Grammy Awards for a performance with Metallica.

Lady Gaga is set to start a world tour on August 1 in Vancouver, with dates scheduled across North America and Europe through the end of the year.

Coachella has not had a woman as one of the nights' headliners since Icelandic pop diva Bjork in 2007.

Lady Gaga performs at the Super Bowl

  • Standing atop the roof of Houston's NRG Stadium with drones illuminating an American flag in the night sky behind her, Lady Gaga kicked off her Super Bowl halftime set on Sunday by singing "God Bless America" as a subtle message of inclusion and unity in a deeply divided United States.
  • As many speculated about whether the outspoken singer would use her spotlight to address women's rights, immigration or President Donald Trump, Gaga recited part of the American Pledge of Allegiance, "one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all," in her opening song.
  • She then swung down from the roof to a stage suspended on cables and embarked on a meticulously choreographed 13-minute set of her greatest hits during the National Football League championship game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.
  • This year's Super Bowl followed a fierce presidential election campaign which Trump won in November but which left the country at least as fractured afterwards as before it began.
  • Trump was greeted with massive protests just after taking office on Jan. 20, and his policy moves have sparked further protests and controversy in the first weeks of his presidency.
  • Ahead of her high-profile performance, watched by more than 100 million US viewers, Gaga, 30, said in a post on the Instagram social media network that she planned to headline the slot entirely on her own, eschewing a tradition of halftime main acts bringing on special guests.
  • Dressed in a silver, sequined bodysuit and matching heeled boots, Gaga sang her dance hits "Poker Face" and "Born This Way"- an anthem for self-confidence and inclusion - as she performed aerial acrobatics while suspended in the air.
  • She then descended onto the stage to dance through"Telephone" and "Just Dance" before running through the crowd to a piano, where she sang new song, "Million Reasons," giving a shout-out to her parents while she performed.
  • After joining her diverse cadre of dancers for "Bad Romance," the singer, known for her flair for the dramatic, ended her set by dropping her microphone, catching a football and jumping off a set of stairs onto the field.
  • While Gaga avoided making explicit political statements during her set, it was Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and Jasmine Cephas Jones, the Schuyler sisters on hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," who caused a stir with a subtle statement of support for women.
  • As the trio sang "America the Beautiful" before the start of the game, they added the words "and sisterhood," in the first verse that contained the words "And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea."
  • The addition was immediately picked up on social media and became a top trend on Twitter.
  • Lady Gaga performs during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.