Ariana Grande Closes First Weekend of Coachella With *NSYNC and Nicki Minaj!
By Desiree Murphy
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Ariana Grande's latest performance was even better than we could imagine!
The 25-year-old singer headlined night three of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, on Sunday, to a packed crowd that was singing her catchy lyrics from beginning to end.
Grande rocked the stage during week one of the music festival and performed a number of songs from her latest album, Thank U, Next, beginning her set with "God Is a Woman." Dillon Francis joined her onstage for a few songs, followed by a *NSYNC reunion, sans Justin Timberlake. JC Chasez got the performance going, with Grande dancing up on Chris Kirkpatrick.
"I've been practicing my whole life for this moment," Grande exclaimed with Chasez, Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass by her side.
Chasez was also thrilled to be there, proclaiming, "Coachella, this has been a dream of ours. Thank you, thank you Ariana."
Grande's pal Nicki Minaj was also a surprise guest during the big show, and the two performed their 2014 song "Bang Bang." The rapper appeared to have some technical difficulties, and at one point she took out her ear piece altogether.
The brunette beauty didn't stop there! She later brought out Diddy and Mase to perform the late Notorious B.I.G.'s 1996 song "Mo Money Mo Problems," which they were both featured on. The trio then paid tribute to those that the hip-hop world has lost, including B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Nipsey Hussle and Grande's ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.
The singer wore four different costumes throughout her set. She first rocked a deep purple bralette top with oversized, puffed shoulders and matching skirt, custom designed by Michael Ngo, paired with her signature footwear -- over-the-knee stiletto boots. She then changed into a dreamy lilac ensemble of a buckled bralette, frilly, wing-like sleeves, coordinating tiered skirt and another pair of OTK boots.
For her last two looks, she opted for sparkle in two sequin bralette-and-skirt sets paired with, you guessed it, matching over-the-knee boots. The first ensemble was ruby-colored, while the second was bubblegum pink.
Grande made her Coachella debut in April 2018 -- a surprise appearance during Kygo's weekend two set to sing "No Tears Left to Cry." She attended the festival that year with Miller, who was one of the performers. Grande and Miller called it quits just a few weeks later after nearly two years of dating, before his tragic death in September 2018.
Fans began to speculate this past week what Grande was planning for her big Coachella concert after she began posting a series of *NSYNC-related videos to Instagram and Twitter.