INDIO, United States (AFP) - Ariana Grande became the youngest ever act to headline Coachella in her Sunday night performance featuring a coterie of high-profile guests including a reunion of 1990s boy band NSYNC.
The 25-year-old pop phenom also invited rapper Nicki Minaj onstage before throwing back to hip hop classics, bringing out Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mase for a touching tribute to both the recently slain rapper Nipsey Hussle and her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, who committed suicide last September.
Grande is just the fourth woman to headline Coachella, a sun-drenched trendsetting festival in the desert of California that will run through the same lineup again next weekend, save for an exclusive Easter Sunday performance by Kanye West.
The top billing is a feather in Grande's cap after a year that saw the former child star permeate the public consciousness as she shattered record after record and released two hit albums.
She kicked off the show with her hit celebrating sexual pleasure "God Is a Woman," and shortly thereafter performed "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored", which features a deep cut sample from NSYNC's 2000 album "No Strings Attached."