Lady Gaga dedicated her 2011 song Born This Way to the victims of the mass shooting that happened in the city 6 years earlier. During her performance in Las Vegas on Sunday night, she paid tribute to the victims, as reported by Variety.
“I just want to remind everyone here what a resilient wonderful city this is. I want to dedicate this song to everyone we lost.” On October 1, 2017, professional gambler Steven Paddock opened fire on the crowd at the Harvest 91 country music festival from his room at the MGM Grand Hotel, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 more. It was the most deadly mass shooting in US history.
Gaga, who is playing her Jazz and Piano residency in the city, paid tribute to her friend and collaborator Tony Bennett, who died on July 21.
Before singing Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words), she said how much she missed him and how she thinks about him every day. Gaga collaborated with him on the 2014 album Cheek to Cheek and the 2021 album Love For Sale. She said, “I’m sure you know he was a wonderful amazing performer. He played jazz for as long as he could, he was singing a week before he passed away.” She added, “He was just the most optimistic person. He could always find the good in everything.”