Ari brought JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick back together for an *NSYNC (!) reunion. The singer, who sampled the boyband on her thank u, next single “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, had been teasing the appearance in the days leading up to the festival. On Instagram, she posted a clip of an *NSYNC pay-per-view concert from 1999 that actually cuts to a young Ari being held by her mother in the crowd. She followed it with another video showing her dancing to *NSYNC’s smash “Tearing Up My Heart” with the caption, “the best medicine 🖤 90s baby 🎧📹.”
Bringing out the ’90s heartthrobs was a choice potentially based on more than just her personal fandom, though. The group’s most popular member, Justin Timberlake, was forced to pull out of the Coachella headlining spot Grande eventually took after he rescheduled tour dates to deal with bruised vocal chords. Giving fans a chance to see the other members of *NSYNC was certainly a more than worthy recompense.
With the crowd roaring, Ari and the boy band rolled through “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, in addition to *NSYNC’s smash single “Tearin’ Up My Heart”.
— *NSYNC (@NSYNC) April 15, 2019
Continuing with the guest-filled set, Ari later brought out frequent collaborator Nicki Minaj. The rapper’s appearance was almost expected; after all, the pair have teamed up for no fewer than five tracks, including smashes like “Side to Side” from Dangerous Woman and “Bed” from the rapper’s Queen. For the Sunday night performance, Minaj joined Grande for “Side to Side”, as well as “Bang Bang”, off Ari’s My Everything from 2014.
Unfortunately, this is also when the pop star was hit with multiple technical issues. At least twice Ari was seen yelling out “We can’t hear anything!” during their joint performance.
— Ariana Grande Access · Fan Account (@archivesaga) April 15, 2019
For more ’90s nostalgia, Ariana also had Diddy and Mase come up on stage to join her for a collaborative performance of the 1997 Notorious BIG single “Mo’ Money Mo Problems”. It served as a tribute not only to Biggie, but also to 2Pac and collaborator and ex-boyfriend Mac Miller.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) April 15, 2019
Ariana Grande covered Frank Ocean’s Close To You and I’m in tears y’all. TEARS. pic.twitter.com/AKAXAYTo9I
— yee (and i cant stress this enough) HAW (@eliellopez14) April 15, 2019
See the full setlist below, and grab tickets to Grande’s upcoming tour dates here.
Raindrops (An Angel Cried)
God Is a Woman
Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored (with *NSYNC)
Tearin’ Up My Heart (*NSYNC cover) (with *NSYNC)
Side to Side (with Nicki Minaj)
Bang Bang (Jessie J cover) (with Nicki Minaj)
Love Me Harder / Breathin
Right There / Break Your Heart Right Back
Mo Money Mo Problems (The Notorious B.I.G. cover) (with Diddy)
Goodnight n Go
The Light Is Coming
No Tears Left to Cry
Thank U, Next