Beyoncé killed the stage at Coachella over the weekend. The Queen made history as the first Black woman to headline the musical festival. In honor of the accomplishment, Bey’s 2-hour long set included a tribute to HBCU culture from the marching band to fraternity and sorority life. She also paid tribute to Queen Nefertiti and the global impact of Black music incorporating reggae, Fela Kuti and others into her act. Beyoncé also gave the audience some surprise performances from her husband JAY-Z, a dance-off with her sister Solange to “Get Em Bodied” and a Destiny’s Child reunion.
A pregnant Cardi B did not let her growing baby bump stop her from smashing the stage this weekend. The Bronx native performed her chart-topping album Invasion of Privacy and remained true to herself featuring dancers and lots of twerking. Many of the featured artists on her project also surprised fans by performing with Cardi including YG, Chance the Rapper and Kehlani. Just before hitting the stage, Cardi revealed that she used her own money to pay for her stage production and it was more than the festival paid her to appear.
To match her breakout year, SZA also had an electrifying Coachella performance. The singer-songwriter performed her critically acclaimed album CTRL which included a swing, trampolines, her labelmates Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad. Watch her trippy performance below.
Eminem also proved why he is the ‘Rap God’. The veteran rapper brought out his longtime collaborators Dr. Dre and 50 Cent adding a bit of nostalgia to the festival weekend. Unfortunately, Em did not let Coachella stream his performance.
Outside of the performances, many other celebrities headed out to the California desert to enjoy music by their peers and to wear their best festival fashions. Take a look at the stars who were styled the best below.
3. Chloe x Halle
4. EJ Johnson
5. Teyana Taylor
6. Nicki Minaj
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.