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  • INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters) Festivalgoers attend the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 Day 1 on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319302 ORIG FILE ID: 11423503751 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Katy Perry performs onstage with Zedd at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775322963 ORIG FILE ID: 11372220112 of 42
  • 2 Chainz performs with Gucci Gang at the Coachella Music  Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CARJP1133 of 42
  • YG performs at the Coachella Music  Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CARJP1154 of 42
  • Lil Pump of Gucci Gang performs at the Coachella Music  Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CARJP1125 of 42
  • US rapper Pusha T performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 14, 2019, in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FN5DC6 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES performs at Mojave Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775322963 ORIG FILE ID: 11372366817 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  H.E.R. performs at the Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775322963 ORIG FILE ID: 11372427218 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Khalid performs on Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775277732 ORIG FILE ID: 11372429219 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Khalid and Normani perform on Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319304 ORIG FILE ID: 113723671210 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Lizzo performs at Mojave Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319304 ORIG FILE ID: 113722119511 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Dev Hynes of Blood Orange performs at the Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319304 ORIG FILE ID: 113722196212 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Rico Nasty performs at Mojave Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319304 ORIG FILE ID: 113721515113 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 14:  Elias Bender Rnnenfelt of Iceage performs at Sonora Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319304 ORIG FILE ID: 113722079514 of 42
  • Tame Impala performs at the Coachella Music  Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CARJP12515 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  Vince Staples (L) performs with Billie Eilish at Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319303 ORIG FILE ID: 113696344516 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  Maggie Rogers performs at Gobi Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319303 ORIG FILE ID: 113719421617 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  Billie Eilish performs at Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775277732 ORIG FILE ID: 113721004218 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  Rivers Cuomo of Weezer performs at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775277732 ORIG FILE ID: 113721007419 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  Rosalia and J Balvin perform at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775277732 ORIG FILE ID: 113721016520 of 42
  • French singer Christine and the Queens performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13, 2019, in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FM8C521 of 42
  • US fashion designer and DJ Virgil Abloh performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13, 2019, in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FM81S22 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 13:  ScHoolboy Q performs with Sir at Gobi Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319303 ORIG FILE ID: 113694140123 of 42
  • Singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs on stage at Coachella Music Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Ariana Gr ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FM04D24 of 42
  • Singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs on stage at Coachella Music Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Ariana Gr ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FM04025 of 42
  • US singer Janelle Monae performs onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FM0JS26 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 12:  Lizzo and Janelle Mone perform on Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319302 ORIG FILE ID: 113661820627 of 42
  • Jaden Smith performs at the Coachella Music  Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CARJP11128 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 12:  Matthew Healy of The 1975 performs on Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319302 ORIG FILE ID: 113660406229 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 12:  Ella Mai performs at the Outdoor Theatre during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319302 ORIG FILE ID: 113660535630 of 42
  • INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: King Princess performs at Mojave Tent during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella) ORG XMIT: 775319302 ORIG FILE ID: 114232856931 of 42
  • Anderson .Paak performs at the Coachella Music  Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Friday, April 12, 2019, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CARJP10132 of 42
  • Chilean singer Mon Laferte performs on stage at Coachella Music Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Ariana Gr ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FL9Z033 of 42
  • Spanish singer Rosiala performs on stage at Coachella Music Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Ariana Gr ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FM0BR34 of 42
  • British-French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg performs onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1FM0QQ35 of 42
  • BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Evan Ross (L) and Ashlee Simpson attend NYLON's Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical ) ORG XMIT: 775324403 ORIG FILE ID: 114235603336 of 42
  • BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Evan Ross (L) and Ashlee Simpson attend NYLON's Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical ) ORG XMIT: 775324403 ORIG FILE ID: 114235603437 of 42
  • BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Kendra Wilkinson (L) and Lisa Rinna attend NYLON's Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical ) ORG XMIT: 775324403 ORIG FILE ID: 114235609838 of 42
  • BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Ross Butler attends NYLON's Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical ) ORG XMIT: 775324403 ORIG FILE ID: 114236639539 of 42
  • BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: JoJo attends NYLON's Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical ) ORG XMIT: 775277732 ORIG FILE ID: 114239297640 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 12:  (L-R) Jennie Kim, Ros, Lisa and Jisoo of 'BLACKPINK' are seen at the YouTube Music Artist Lounge at Coachella 2019 on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for YouTube) ORG XMIT: 775327696 ORIG FILE ID: 113658878641 of 42
  • INDIO, CA - APRIL 12:  Liam Payne is seen at the YouTube Music Artist Lounge at Coachella 2019 on April 12, 2019 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for YouTube) ORG XMIT: 775327696 ORIG FILE ID: 113658878442 of 42

Willow Smith, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber show up to Jaden Smith’s set at Coachella 2019

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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. 

The guest list wasn’t closed yet, though, 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 which was planet-shaped and almost planet sized. 

Despite all the special guests, this night was about Ariana and she didn’t disappoint – it was “Arichella” as the hashtags say.

She held the audience captivated throughout the night whether it was poppy dance hits like “7 Rings” or more emotional songs like “Breathin” which she sang while being circled by about a dozen women playing violins. 

Grande’s voice is undeniable, and she put it fully on display at the end of her set. She completely belted some of her biggest hits “Dangerous Woman” and “Break Free” to the delight of the crowd who looked on in amazement at the notes she was able to hit and sustain. 

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. Those fireworks provided a fitting conclusion to her powerful and bright performance.

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