Lady Gaga debuts new single & plays Beyonce collaboration during 2017 Coachella performance



When filling a festival slot that was initially held by the one and only Beyonce, there's a lot to live up to. But when it's Lady Gaga filling that slot, there's plenty she could do to fill those giant shoes -- and she most certainly did, new single and all.

Her Coachella performance on Saturday night of Weekend 1 (April 15) was as prolific as it was dynamic, with piano versions of her hits that showcased her voice, fierce choreography, and all the pyro/confetti a pop star could want. But while she carried herself like a veteran in the biz, Gaga still managed to quip some more risque material ("Did you find someone you want to sleep with yet?," one of her first questions inquired).

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Lady Gaga performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, U.S. April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
US pop singer Lady Gaga performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US pop singer Lady Gaga performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
G-Eazy hits the stage at the DEW Label Motel in Palm Springs, Calif., April 15, 2017, to celebrate the launch of the Mtn Dew Label Series - a line of premium sodas with crafted unique flavors and herbal and citrus bitters. (Photo by Eric Reed/Invision for DEW/AP Images)
US pop singer Lady Gaga performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US pop singer Lady Gaga performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US pop singer Lady Gaga performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Fireworks herald the close of Lady Gaga's set during the 2017 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: An aerial view of the Empire Polo Club during the 2017 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: An aerial view of the Empire Polo Club during the 2017 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Lady Gaga performs on the Coachella Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Migos performs on the Sahara Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was shot in black and white) Musician Tyler Blake of Classixx performs at the Mojave Tent during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Lauryn Hill performs at the Outdoor Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was shot in black and white) Musician Michael David of Classixx performs at the Mojave Tent during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Quavo of Migos performs on the Sahara Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Gucci Mane performs on the Sahara Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper Gucci Mane performs on the Sahara Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Rapper P. Diddy performs on the Sahara Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: P. Diddy performs on the Sahara Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Natt Lim/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Survive performs onstage at the Gobi tent during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Breakbot performs onstage at the Gobi tent during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Singer Irfane performs with Breakbot onstage at the Gobi tent during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: DJ Snake performs at the Outdoor Stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Singer Irfane performs with Breakbot onstage at the Gobi tent during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on the Coachella Stage during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on the Coachella Stage during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 08: Singer/musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs live at Key Arena on April 8, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jim Bennett/FilmMagic)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: The Weeknd and Nav perform onstage at the Gobi tent during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
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Early on in her 20-song set, it seemed that Gaga may address the (sort of) elephant in the room that Beyonce was the one to previously that spot prior to her surprise pregnancy announcement. "People kept asking me, aren't you nervous about playing 11:30?," she explained, revealing that it actually had nothing to do with Beyonce at all. "No way man, because that means I'm playing for the heavyweights at Coachella."

What Gaga did do, though, was include her Beyonce collaboration "Telephone" and seemed to have no problem including Queen B's verses. She didn't say or do anything regarding Beyonce beyond that, and frankly her hits-stacked set list was all that really mattered at the show.

Although Gaga didn't opt for the Coachella-esque surprise guest appearances for her performance, she did manage to give fans a little something unexpected: A brand new single. Titled "The Cure," the almost dancehall-sounding track provided a perfect nearly halfway point in the show and likely made fans want more where it came from -- which is apparently lots of recent time in the studio, as she explained to the crowd.

The song is now available on iTunes, but what festival goers will likely be putting on repeat is footage of the stripped down medley Gaga performed of "Edge of Glory," "Speechless," "You & I" performed toward the end of the night. Or maybe just the entire 90-minute set over again to relive it one more time.

Lady Gaga's Coachella set list:

Scheiße
Love game
John Wayne
Just dance
Born this way
Venus
A-Yo
Sexxx Dreams
Telephone
Alejandro
Teeth
The Cure
Edge of glory
Speechless
You & I
Million reasons (EDM remix)
Applause (karaoke version)
Poker game
Bad Romance

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Model Alessandra Ambrosio is seen at Coachella on April 14, 2017 in Indio, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
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