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Ariana Grande stormed Coachella with some surprise guests Sunday night, taking the festival stage with frequent collaborator Nicki Minaj, but also Diddy and Ma$e, and not-so-surprise guests *NSYNC.
According to Billboard, Ari kicked things off at 10:39 p.m. by starting “Raindrops (An Angel Cried)” from offstage.
She followed that with “God Is A Woman” from Sweetener, and “Bad Idea” from her latest, Thank U, Next.
Rumors that Ari could be joined onstage by *NSYNC began swirling next week, because “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” features a sample from the group — and the rumors turned out to be true.
The band, minus Justin Timberlake, performed and danced, well, in sync with Grande, with Ari filling in JT’s part of the boy band’s song “It Makes Me Ill.” They also performed the group’s classic, “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”
The group told the Coachella crowd, “This has been a dream of ours,” and Ari noted of the collabo, “I can die now.”
Nicki took the stage to join Grande for “Side To Side” and “Bang Bang,” soldiering through some audio problems, which may or may not have been the reason she skipped joining Ari for “The Light Is Coming.”
According to the trade, P Diddy and Ma$e also joined Ari for their hit “Mo Money Mo Problems”, with Diddy praising fallen idols B.I.G. and Tupac, as well as Grande’s ex Mac Miller, who died last year of an overdose.
Diddy called out his “sister” Grande’s strength by saying, “She’s been through a lot, and she’s still standing. Give it up for the number one artist in the world.”
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