The Las Vegas Strip is considered by many to be the capital of music residencies in the United States. Being a Las Vegas resident as an artist is desirable because it allows an artist to play at one venue, offering several shows a week for several months or years, depending on the contract. It’s a sought-after opportunity that began in the 1940’s when Liberace performed a series of concerts. Below is a list of country artists that have had the chance to hold a Las Vegas residency over the years.
1. Miranda Lambert
As the most decorated artist in ACM history, Miranda Lambert’s Las Vegas Residency is titled Miranda Lambert: Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency. She has 37 ACM Awards, 14 CMA Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award, the ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award, and the ACM Song of the Decade Award. No doubt the queen of modern country, her residency is actually still going on. Performing at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, this stint began in September of this year and will continue into April of 2023. This is a 24-show residency and knowing Lambert, she is sure to bring the heat.
2. Carrie Underwood
Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year award winner Carrie Underwood’s first-ever Las Vegas Residency was announced as REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency. Underwood described the inspiration of the title as a chance to reflect on the last 15+ years of her career and take a glimpse into what lies ahead. This residency took place at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas. As the first to perform here after it opened, the world-class theatre has a 5,000 capacity and opened its doors in November 2021. Her residency initially was in December of 2021, but she did return in March through April of 2022. Naturally, all of her shows were sold out.
3. Shania Twain
Shania Twain is a legend for many reasons, one of them being that she was one of Las Vegas’ first female and country music headliners. She kicked off her first residency Shania: Still The One at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in December 2012. This residency lasted for almost three years and she performed over 100 shows. Most recently, Twain just finished up her second residency, titled Let's Go! which was at the Zappos Theater. This originally started in December 2019, with the intent of ending in 2021. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a pause in shows that resumed in December 2021 and were completed in September of 2022. Always electric and legendary, this tour consisted of 38 shows.
4. Brooks & Dunn with Reba McEntire
Known as the greatest country duo of the last century, Brooks & Dunn teamed up with their longtime friend, country superstar Reba McEntire for their Las Vegas Residency, Together In Vegas. This was hosted at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in June 2015. Up until August 2018, they performed 45 shows. They started touring together back in 1993, and have done so several times throughout the years. They returned to the Colosseum in December of 2021 for another show of this residency.
5. George Strait
Dubbed the “King of Country," George Strait has charted over 60 number ones, has over 30 Platinum-selling albums, and earned over 60 major awards. It’s no surprise that a residency that began in April 2016 has been extended so many times that it’s anticipated to go through at least December of 2022. This residency has been taking place at the T-Mobile Arena and was initially scheduled for four dates over two weekends. Strait’s residency has been so popular that in April, July, and December of 2017, his shows were known as “2 Nights of Number 1’s” and the setlist consisted mostly of his 60-plus chart-topping songs that we all know and love. Needless to say, Strait has blazed a trail in country music over the last 30 years and will continue to do so.
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