Ariana Grande closed out Weekend One of Coachella in style, putting together a set that included special guests and stunning visuals.
She made history with the first note as she became the youngest person at 25 ever to headline at Coachella. She also became just the fourth woman and didn’t ease into her performance, either. She kicked off her set with a bang, belting her way through “God Is A Woman.”
The much-rumored reunion of *NSYNC did happen as the band (minus Justin Timberlake) came out to sing her song “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” It’s a song which uses a reworking of the lyrics to *NSYNC’s song “It Makes Me Ill.”
They then sang their hit, “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” while Grande sang and did the iconic dance moves with the group. In a cute twist, the video screens showed ripples and old numbers as though the audience was watching a VHS tape of the performance. The guys thanked the crowd and left. Grande said “I can die now” as they exited.
But that was just the start of the surprise guests. Moments later Nicki Minaj arrived to sing “Side to Side.” The two left the stage, walking out onto a bridge along with about 12 dancers. While there, they also sang "Bang! Bang!" the hit song they collaborated on with Jessie J. That part was not without its technical problems as Minaj’s microphone didn’t seem to always be working.
Later in the set P. Diddy and Mase came on to sing “Mo Money, Mo Problems” as images of Biggie Smalls showed on the center screen.
Grande belted some of her biggest hits “Dangerous Woman” and “Break Free. Her second-to-last song was “No Tears Left To Cry” which she actually also sang at Coachella last year when she did a surprise performance with Kygo and sang the then-newly released single.
Grande ended by listening to the crowd as they shouted “Thank U, Next” in unison as she pretended to be done without playing her signature hit.
The final images she left her fans with was a rippling pride flag on the big screens and fireworks in the sky.
According to Variety, Ariana raked in $8 million for the gig for stepping in after discussions with Kanye West broke down over staging issues at the last minute.