Ariana Grande took to the mainstage at Coachella 2019 Sunday, kicking off one of the most anticipated festival performances of the year.
The "thank u, next," singer performed a whopping 26 of her biggest songs and brought out some of music's biggest names like Nicki Minaj, members of NSYNC, Diddy and Mase. She also managed to include what's becoming something of a tradition for the singer, a tribute to her late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, who died last fall of a drug overdose.
Grande is the youngest performer to headline at the festival, making history for the star. Both #AriChella and #Ariana were trending Monday morning as it seemed everyone was talking about the show on social media.
While there had been days of speculation as to who would join her, the highlight of the performance was certainly Grande being joined onstage by her very famous friends, like NSYNC, giving us all the late 90s nostalgia our hearts could possibly desire. Both Grande and the members of NSYNC had been dropping hints for days that the collaboration was set to go down.
sure is ???? https://t.co/fhN2ixRwFX
With the exception of Justin Timberlake, who was wrapping up his own tour, all the members of the group joined Grande, who recently sampled their song "It Makes Me Ill" for her single "break up with ur girlfriend, i'm bored."
Tune in now https://t.co/kRjOZ0KCue @coachella @ArianaGrande
"I've been rehearsing my whole m-----f---ing life for this moment," she said before they performed "It's Tearing Up My Heart," with Grande filling in at Timberlake's parts of the song.
Another high came from the moment Nicki Minaj joined her on stage during their songs "Side 2 Side" and "Bang Bang," although there were some sound issues that threatened to sour the moment just a bit.
Arichella: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj facing technical issues while performing "Bang Bang": 'We can't hear anything'. #Coachella https://t.co/NGYNkcki33
At one point, Grande even said "we can't hear anything," as the two reportedly could no longer hear the music to know where their place in the song was.
Coachella did Nicki Minaj so dirty omg
Finally, Mase and Diddy joined her onstage, where Diddy tributed the late Notorious B.I.G. by performing "Mo Money, Mo Problems." It was, once again, a nod to the 90s and full of nostalgic vibes.
“My sister here been through a whole lot and she’s still standing and she’s with you,” Diddy said to the crowd of Grande. “Give it up for the number one artist!”
Check out the top fan reactions and highlights from Grande's performance below:
breathin with an orchestra gave me chills #ARICHELLA https://t.co/TycbTlTCuZ
Ariana just killed this performance with the whistle #ARICHELLA https://t.co/LEoP0ddRBq
This was so unexpected... when I heard diddys voice I froze ???????? #Arichella https://t.co/BqkgkIQxhS
i just know how happy this must of made her my heart is so full #arichella https://t.co/balcCgUcON
Ariana performance was one of the best one yet and her vocals was on point and the outfits was everything and the visual were so breathtaking #ARICHELLA https://t.co/kqIEICVZTB
Ariana is an angel while performing Good Night N Go was so beautiful #ARICHELLA https://t.co/I6TLoU9f5m
Yaaay @ArianaGrande brought @NICKIMINAJ on stage for two songs (even though she forgot her verse for Bang Bang) it's all good!!! #Coachella2019 https://t.co/WHqBdfx2xg
she really did that huh #ARICHELLA https://t.co/IFDoDD9Anc
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Check out the full #AriChella setlist below, via Just Jared:
1. Raindrops (An Angel Cried)
2. God Is a Woman
3. Bad Idea
4. Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored – with NSYNC
5. Tearin’ Up My Heart – with NSYNC
6. R.E.M. (Wake Up)
7. Be Alright
9. Side to Side – with Nicki Minaj
10. Bang Bang – with Nicki Minaj
11. 7 Rings
12. Love Me Harder
15. Right There
16. Break Your Heart Right Back
17. Mo Money Mo Problems – with Diddy and Mase
20. Goodnight n Go
21. The Light is Coming
22. Into You
23. Dangerous Woman
24. Break Free
25. No Tears Left to Cry
26. Thank U, Next