The Joanne era, as its name implies, refers to the album cycle for Joanne. Although the album was released on October 21 in 2016, the era began on August 17, 2016 when Gaga announced "Perfect Illusion". The era ended abruptly on February 2 with the cancelation of the Joanne World Tour on February 2nd, 2018. The reason for the cancellation was severe pain due to her fibromyalgia. The tour and era were set to end on February 23, 2018.
During August, she teased her new single "Perfect Illusion" via her Instagram feed, posting a looping teaser the day before the single premiered. The single was critically panned yet had moderate success. Following the release of "Perfect Illusion", Gaga released promotional single "A-YO" a pop-folk, country old Americana style about the sleazy stuff in life. Following the release of A-YO was "Million Reasons", whereas she was reflecting upon her emotions regarding the breakup of her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney. The song has been performed tons of times, including at the American Music Awards, Super Bowl and Sukkiri!!. The song has stayed for 20 weeks at the Billboard Hot 100.
In early 2017, Warner Bros. began production on "A Star Is Born", set to release in May of 2018. The film will star Gaga, and she was seen on the set multiple times in May of 2017. On April 15, Gaga headlined the Coachella music festival in California. During this performance, she announced her new single "The Cure" and performed the song live for the crowd. "The Cure" was made immediately available for streaming and download. In June, Starbucks collaborated with Lady Gaga and started "Cups of Kindness", handing out several drinks that would donate to the Born This Way Foundation. In August, she debuted the Joanne World Tour, and in September, a Netflix documentary, "Gaga: Five Foot Two", was released. Later in the year, it was announced she was nominated for 2 Grammys, for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.
In 2018, Gaga performed at the 2018 Grammy Awards, where she was nominated for two grammys.