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- Ariana Grande reportedly got paid $8 million to headline Coachella this year.
- That’s double what Beyoncé was reportedly paid to headline in 2018.
- Grande is the youngest headliner in the music festival’s 20-year history. Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline.
- The preparation for Beyoncé’s elaborate performance was released this week as a Netflix documentary called “Homecoming.”
According to Variety, Ariana Grande was paid $8 million to headline Coachella this year, a staggering fee by any standard – but even more so considering Beyoncé was reportedly paid half that amount to headline in 2018.
Grande, the youngest headliner in the music festival’s 20-year history, delighted fans during her performance Sunday night by enlisting a live orchestra, reuniting (most of) NSYNC, dueting with Nicki Minaj, and paying tribute to her late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.
Grande performed the hits from all five of her albums, including 2018’s “Sweetener” and 2019’s “Thank U, Next,” largely following the blueprint set for her “Sweetener World Tour” that kicked off in March.
— billboard (@billboard) April 15, 2019
Her production designer, LeRoy Bennett, told The Hollywood Reporter that they began planning for the festival in late February.
“Because Beyoncé came in last year and did her thing and kind of set the bar, basically Coachella becomes a competition, which is ridiculous,” Bennett said. “And artists who are strong should just come in and do their own thing and just be who they are. And that’s pretty much what Ariana has done. There’s not like there’s a bunch of gags. She’s being Ariana and singing and doing her thing.”
But one could argue that Grande’s performance was just a shade of Beyoncé’s, who last year became the first black woman to headline Coachella.
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Her headlining set, which has been dubbed “Beychella,” was a singular career retrospective, independent of any accompanying tours or albums. The “Formation” singer and her team created a unique stage design, set list, and choreographed routine for the two-time event.
On Wednesday, Beyoncé released a Netflix film called “Homecoming” that documents the eight months of preparation for her elaborate performance.
As Business Insider previously reported, Beyoncé was most likely paid $3 million to $4 million last year.
Fans are furious that Beyoncé appears to have been stiffed, compared with Grande.
Then she made it widely available, presumably forever, and added additional knowledge from some of the greatest women in Black American history. We don't say Queen lightly. https://t.co/g2T6LvQ7Xu
— Joelle Monique ✍???? (@JoelleMonique) April 17, 2019
to see how much work, time and thought has been put into beyonce’s set and her being paid 2-3 times less than ariana who basically did her concert show makes me sick
— ً (@entertainerry) April 18, 2019
Ariana Grande being paid more than Beyoncé for Coachella is absurd
— The Artist Formerly Known As Glen Coco La Flare (@Glencocolaflare) April 18, 2019
Her work ethic and level of quality are unsurpassed, how can you not love Beyonce? I resisted for years, but you can't deny her. I hope she timed this release to flex on Ariana Grande, who reportedly got paid more for her Coachella performance #boo https://t.co/R19g3lEBgF
— bexistentialism! (@terminatorbex) April 17, 2019
However, “Homecoming” – as well as the live album she dropped on the same day – might point toward an additional payday for the pop star.
It’s possible that Beyoncé managed to negotiate exclusive rights to her Coachella performance, and it’s likely she secured a check from Netflix to distribute the footage on its platform. Beyoncé could very well have walked away from Coachella with much more than $4 million.
Representatives for Coachella didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.