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Ariana Grande ‘doubled her Coachella fee’ to £6.1million after agreeing to headline last-minute

Ariana owned the stage on the final night of the first weekend on Sunday (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG)Ariana Grande brought her A-game – and the A-listers – to Sunday night’s headline performance of Coachella.But the pint-sized popstar reportedly got paid the big bucks to take the primetime slot, after agreeing to stand in for Kanye West during last-minute negotiations.
According to Variety, Ariana pocketed a whopping $8million (£6,111,280) for the two performances, which is almost double what a traditional artist was paid in 2017.Ariana brought out Nicki Minaj for her big moment (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG)Ariana was announced for Day 3 of the two-weekend Indio music festival back in January, but it followed months of speculation about Kanye’s stage demands.
The publication now appears to confirm that discussion broke down with Kanye when he remained strong about the staging.That’s allegedly when Ariana was able to boost her fee, especially since she had the best pop albums of the last two years.Advertisementif(window.adverts) { adverts.addToArray({"pos": "mpu_mobile_top"}) }Advertisementif(window.
adverts) { adverts.addToArray({"pos": "mpu_tablet"}) }Only two years ago, the man who co-founded Coachella, Paul Tollett, revealed that acts typically earn between $3-5 million (£2.5-3.8million) for a headline slot.Not only that but the popstar played the Justin Timberlake to Noughties boyband N’SYNC (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG)More: MusicBeychella or Arichella? Ariana Grande’s success proves Coachella needs womenEurovision legends and actual Wonder Woman to attend Israel contestLoyle Carner reveals ADHD is the ‘best and worst thing to happen’ to himTo add to the pressure, Ariana had some seriously tough shoes to fill, coming in just one year after Beyonce, who kept fans waiting for a whole two years after dropping out during her pregnancy in 2017.
But Ari was backed up by some famous friends, including Bang Bang collaborator Nicki Minaj, as well as Diddy.Not only that but the hitmaker resurrected Noughties popband N’SYNC for a one-off performance – minus Justin Timberlake.Despite the big names, Ari’s set was blighted by technical issues, affected the audio and microphones.
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