Ariana Grande hit with lemon during Coachella headline set 'because of Beyonce pay row'

A report claimed Grande had been paid twice as much to perform than the Lemonade musician

Jacob Stolworthy
Tuesday 23 April 2019 07:43 BST
Moment Ariana Grande is hit by a lemon during Coachella set

A video has emerged of Ariana Grande being hit with a lemon during her headline performance at Coachella.

The “Thank U Next” singer was performing a medley of songs “Right There” and “Break Your Heart Right Back” when the fruit, thrown by someone in the crowd, hit her on the chest.

“That’s ’cause one of ya’ll threw a lemon at me, s***,” Grande said to the audience before continuing the set.

Grande was left unscathed after the fruit was thrown her way – fortunately, it missed her face– but it sparked outcry among her fan base on Twitter immediately following the performance.

According to Consequence of Sound, some fans are questioning the motive of the lemon wedge-thrower, pondering whether it was a reference to the pay debate between Ariana and Beyonce, whose most recent album is titled Lemonade.

A false report suggested that Grande had been paid twice as much as Beyonce to perform the festival in California. It has since been reported they were paid the same amount.

Grande’s set ended with a Justin Bieber duet. The pair sung the Canadian singer’s hit single “Sorry”.

Last weekend, Will Smith made his Coachella debut, performing with his son Jaden.

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