Shania Twain kicks off Las Vegas residency and wants to empower other women in country music

By Zach Harper

Shania Twain is back in Las Vegas! The Canadian pop-country legend returned to the stage to kick off her “Let’s Go!” residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater this week. She wowed fans at the first show with a standout performance that also included an acoustic version of “You’re Still the One.”

“I’d love to do a whole acoustic show,” Shania told People of the decision to strip the track down to its bare bones. “I don’t know if you’re going to be bored with that, though. People are so used to seeing me rock it out. I liked that they were into the mood of it.”

Shania is the Creative Director for this new residency, and said the thought of holding another residency came to her after she finished her last tour in support of 2017’s Now. In a separate interview with CityNews, she said she got right into the show “from top to bottom.”

“I have to wear a lot of hats from lighting, to choreography to the costumes,” she said. “I have a lot of experience and it just feels more rewarding now to have those creative outlets as well as being the performer.

“The joy I get for being the performer now that I’m involved in creating the whole thing is that I have the privilege of presenting the work that I’ve done and everyone else has done for the show. I’m enjoying performing now than ever before.”

If you’re a long-time Shania fan, you’ll remember this isn’t her first residency in Sin City – she ended her debut “Shania: Still the One” residency at Caesars Palace five years ago, and she says she has a particular mission this time around: Pushing through some of the “regression” she says she sees in country music.

Shania’s show is a mix of her biggest hits and newer songs, and sees several awesome outfit changes throughout the evening. Photo: © Denise Truscello/WireImage

“I think they still think I’m too sexy for country,” she told CityNews before the show. “I think other females, they want to be more expressive, but they feel that if they’re too expressive, then they’re never going to get played on radio and they’re barely getting played on radio now!

“So there’s a grip that needs to release so that the audience can benefit from the awesome female artists that are standing on the sidelines right now. They need to be able to shine. They need to be able to step into that spotlight. It’s almost like they’re just not welcome by certain elements of the industry.”

This is Shania’s first residency since ending her Shania: Still the One residency in 2014. Photo: © Denise Truscello/WireImage

As for new music, Shania continues to work on her first studio album since 2017’s Now, which came after a 15-year gap in her career. She told CityNews she’s eager to collaborate with young artists such as Harry Styles and Post Malone. She said she’s already written a song for her and Post to perform together.

“[Harry and I] are both very open to doing something,” she said of the former OneDirection member. “So we just have to find the right moment to connect and get together in the same room and create something together.”

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There’s a good chance Diplo might also be involved, since he’s become a huge fan of Shania and they’ve been spending lots of time together. The two met following the Canadian legend’s incredible closing performance at this year’s American Music Awards and recently exchanged numbers.

“He's gonna come to the show!” Shania told Entertainment Tonight. “And, when he does, I’ll make sure that we have a chance to maybe jam backstage and have a couple guitars back there.”

Shania is expected to debut some of those new songs during the residency, which runs from now until 2021 and will include 23 shows. We can’t wait to hear new music!

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