Lady Gaga kicked off her Las Vegas residency this week, and by all accounts it was quite a spectacle—just as we’d expect from a woman who has already become an icon with just a decade in the game!
The show, entitled Enigma, debuted December 28th at Park MGM Resort’s Park Theater to a crowd of 5,200—which included Katy Perry, Dave Grohl, Regina King, Jeremy Renner, Orlando Bloom and Adam Lambert, no big deal!—who watched the pop star run through a 90-minute set of a whopping 21 singles from her varied career.
She even covers the legendary David Bowie‘s “I’m Afraid of Americans.”
But after all the costume changes and theatrics (including descending from the ceiling while playing a keytar, God bless her) it was the closing song, “Shallow,” that really got to everyone—Gaga included.
It’s such a big-voiced, heart-on-the-sleeve masterpiece it seems almost tailor-made to pull on the heartstrings, and it did just that at the close of Enigma, reducing not only the crowd to tears, but Gaga herself.
Watch the performance here:
“I’m so proud to be your star,” she told the audience before beginning the song, “but the truth is you gave birth to me.”
The moment was so emotional that Gaga didn’t even make it through the first verse before the tears came and her fans began cheering her on to continue.
It was, from the looks of it, quite a moment!
— 102.7 KIIS-FM (@1027KIISFM) December 29, 2018
And judging from the social media response, the power of the performance has been lost on pretty much no one.
Goose bumps! I'm not crying, you're crying!
— G. Rubi (@WeAllMadHere2) December 29, 2018
— michal maciesiak (@michalmaciesiak) December 29, 2018
i love her. what if 2k19 goals is seeing gaga in vegas. hm. https://t.co/wGkboyFC2Q
— ✨ spaceface 💥 (@rainbowslinky) December 29, 2018
her speech, her vocals, the way she pauses the song to hold back tears
everything about this performance is just so beautiful. ♡
lady gaga • shallow • enigma [ live at park theater las vegas] pic.twitter.com/u5iUobxG7R
— ღ Ems ღ (@Emilia555) December 30, 2018
Only reason I wanted to go to Vegas was to see @ladygaga ! 😭😭and I’m just learning she preformed Shallow😢! That would’ve been the best way to end my year!
— Carla 😝 (@c_castanedaa) December 30, 2018
lady gaga wearing a lady gaga tshirt performing “shallow,” a song written *by* lady gaga but not *as* lady gaga is the energy i needed going into 2019 https://t.co/xfVhpE37ZB
— Shaad D'Souza (@shaaddsouza) December 29, 2018
OK, Lady Gaga's residency in Las Vegas is officially in my bucket list now. 😱https://t.co/nh2DLLDYJ1
— Nico Novito (@NicoNovito) December 30, 2018
Guess we should all start saving our nickels and dimes now (general admission tickets for Enigma are currently going for $600!) because it seems like this is a show no one should miss.