Dua kicked things off on Friday (September 17) at the T-Mobile Arena in Sin City with a powerhouse setlist. The 26-year-old pop star performed her biggest hits from both her self-titled album and her Grammy-winning sophomore album Future Nostalgia.
Rocking a sparkly purple unitard, Dua had the audience working up a sweat with 'Physical' as her first track. Without missing a beat or a dance move—even after one of her unitard straps ripped—she went on to bring the house down with 'New Rules,' 'Love Again,' 'Hallucinate' and 'Levitating.' She saved one of her biggest hits for last, closing out her setlist with 'Don't Start Now.'
Halfway through her performance, Dua took a moment to appreciate being back on stage after a long hiatus. "Vegas, this is amazing," she told the crowd. "This is my first time back on stage since 2020, so it's been a long while. I hope you guys are having a good time."
Dua's iHeartRadio Music Festival performance comes just a few short days after announcing she'll be embarking on a North American arena tour next year. The Future Nostalgia tour will see the pop star headline iconic venues like New York City's Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles' The Forum for the first time ever. She will be joined by Megan Thee Stallion, Caroline Polachek, and Lolo Zouaï.
"It’s finally happening!!!!" Lipa wrote of the tour. "We kick off the FUTURE NOSTALGIA TOUR in the US. I’m so excited to see you guys there and I’m bringing the ultimate girl gang with me."
If Dua's iHeartRadio Music Festival performance is any indication of what she's got planned for her tour, fans can rest assured it will be an unforgettable experience. She had the whole arena on their feet while they grooved along to her infectious songs.
Later on in the evening, Ryan Seacrest paused the show to award Dua an iHeartRadio Titanium Award for 'Levitating.' The Titanium Award celebrates songs that hit one billion audience spins across iHeartRadio stations. Dua received the Titanium Award twice in 2020, as well, for 'Break My Heart' and 'Don’t Start Now.' After accepting the award on stage, Dua said she was a "very happy girl."
If you missed any of the action this weekend, you can relive the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival by tuning in to The CW Network on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd from 8-10pm ET/PT for a two-night television special.