There’s an unspoken rule in the music industry that in order to be a next-level queer icon and “that bitch,” you have to complete a Las Vegas residency. Lady Gaga is finally THAT bitch.
While we continue our Las Fat-ass residencies of bingeing on The Crown, Gaga will pocket a cool $14 million for performing just 36 shows at The Park Theater at Monte Carlo. The residency will begin in late 2018, just as soon as J-Lo wraps up her own record-setting residency.
While some have hypothesized that this announcement is just a marketing tie-in for Gaga’s movie A Star is Born, in which she plays the star that is born, others believe it is simply the next step on Gaga’s path to immortalization. And speaking of A Star is Born, the remake of a remake of a remake will hit theaters later than originally planned. Warner Bros announced Wednesday that the film will move from an early Summer release date to one closer to prime Oscar-bait scheduling, October 5. Bradley Cooper co-stars and makes his directorial debut with the film. Gaga has some world-class heels to fill. Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand starred in the earlier iterations of the falling star/rising star tearjerker.
There is a long list of divas who have blessed the ears of Vegas tourists with their graceful lullabies of love and heartbreak – and by adding her name to that list, Gaga is basically acknowledging her own status as an icon. As soon as Gaga steps onto that Park Theater stage in 2018, she will join the ranks of Bette Midler, Britney Spears, Cher, Elton John, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, and Shania Twain. (One can also assume that this list will eventually grow to include Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and some makeup vlogger from YouTube.)
At this point, it seems like there is an actual conspiracy between the mayor of Las Vegas and the people in the music industry who decide which beloved singers are allowed to become pop diva legends. We’re not mad at it, though.