Lady Gaga's Coachella Performance Took An Emotional Turn For A Very Sweet Reason

Get well soon, Sonja!

Instead of debuting new music like the first weekend, Coachella's second weekend was quite the emotional ride for Lady Gaga. "The Cure" may have been dedicated to all of the Little Monsters out there, but she took on a classic and dedicated it to one of her best friends.

While the 31-year-old noted that she had been working on "important things" all day — such as costumes, lighting, and the performance — there was something at the forefront of her thoughts: Sonja Durham, the pop star's former assistant and BFF who is battling Stage 4 cancer.


"My friend is really sick — my friend Sonja — and I love her very much," Gaga said before taking on an acoustic version of "Edge of Glory," a song from Born This Way. "She's been struggling with cancer for a real long time. If it's OK with you, I'd like to sing this one for her tonight even though she's not here."

The vocals are, of course, gorgeous. But it was what Gaga said during her performance that stood out: "I'm sorry you don't feel well, Son," she said about the woman who is the inspiration behind "Grigio Girls," a song off the Joanne album. "We all wish you were here with us."

At the end of the song, Gaga had clearly won over the crowd with her powerful tribute. It was impossible not to see the smile she had when the audience began chanting "Son-ja! Son-ja! Son-ja!" over and over again.

(H/T: Teen Vogue)


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