One Super Bowl star will step in for another at California's influential Coachella Music Festival, according to Billboard.
Lady Gaga will reportedly replace Beyonce, with the news coming days after the "Lemonade" musician announced she'd be pulling out of two planned headlining performances to focus on her health and pregnancy.
Billboard broke the Coachella news on Tuesday afternoon, noting that Gaga will join the Indio event on April 15 and 22. Coachella runs identical festivals over two three-day weeks at Indio's Empire Polo Club.
Gaga was heavily rumored to step in at the fest, with other guesses ranging from Coldplay to Rihanna to Daft Punk. The online sports book Betfair gave Gaga 7 to 1 odds--Daft Punk was their pick at 3 to 1.
Gaga, who stunned audiences earlier this month with a high-energy Super Bowl medley, will launch her own world tour in August. Coachella is known for its surprise guests, so who Gaga might bring to join her on stage--Tame Impala's Kevin Parker? Tony Bennett?--should keep concert-goers guessing for the next few weeks.
Beyonce has promised to play Coachella in 2018, after her twins arrive. Per Billboard, the 6-day event remains "North America's highest-grossing annual festival," and will also include the likes of Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and chart-topping rapper Future this spring.
-- David Greenwald
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