Ariana Grande took to the Coachella stage as the Sunday headliner on April 14. Grande brought out a number of special guests including *NSYNC, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, and Mase during her hour and a half set.
Before her performance even began, Grande had the fest Ariana-fied. An art instillation featuring seven giant pink diamond rings appeared on festival grounds, a nod to her single “7 Rings.” She also had her own spoofed larger than life Starbucks drink sculpture. Fans could even order an Acai-ana Grande bowl to eat in the food court area of the festival!
The first special guest of the evening was *NSYNC with members Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, and Chris Kirkpatrick. Unfortunately, Justin Timberlake is finishing up his current tour and was not apart of the show. The five-piece performed “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” to the delight of fans. In the song, Grande sampled the group’s song “It Makes Me Ill.”
Grande told the crowd, “Coachella I’ve been rehearsing my whole mother f–king life for this moment, make some noise for *NSYNC!” Grande and the group performed *NSYNC’s hit “Tearin’ Up My Heart” with perfectly synchronized choreography to the song. Member Joey Fatone even picked up Grande and ran her down the catwalk during the epic performance.
The next surprise guest was Minaj. The pair performed their collaborations on “Side To Side” and “Bang, Bang.” The ladies even coordinated outfits with the same deep purple color. Minaj seemed to struggle with in-ear or timing difficulties during a point in her verse of “Bang, Bang.”
Grande spared no expense when it came to the production of her show and even had fireworks midway through her set. She even had a string section for “Breathin’.”
Grande paid tribute to Mac Miller, Tupac Shakur, and Biggie Smalls with a performance of “Mo Money Mo Problems” featuring special guests Diddy and Mase.
Grande closed out the last night of weekend one with “thank you next” to a crowd that was screaming every lyric back to her.
Ariana Grande Coachella Set List:
Raindrops (An Angel Cried)
God Is a Woman
Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored with *NSYNC
Tearin’ Up My Heart with *NSYNC
Side to Side with Nicki Minaj
Bang. Bang with Nicki Minaj
Love Me Harder
Right There / Break Your Heart Right Back
Mo Money Mo Problems with Mase and P. Diddy
Goodnight n Go
In My Head
The Light Is Coming
No Tears Left to Cry
Thank U, Next