Coachella is all about the surprise stage guest, and Ariana Grande knows it. On her first weekend as headliner she brought out most of the members of *NSYNC, plus Nicki Minaj, Diddy, and Mase. Then her set last night included an appearance from none other than Justin Bieber. They performed his Purpose hit "Sorry" and it was honestly very good!
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Although they share a manager (shout out to world's busiest man, Scooter Braun), Grande and Bieber aren't known to collaborate — although they did tour together way back in 2013, and Justin is definitely a "Thank U, Next" fan. Bieber has stepped away from music over the past couple of years to focus on his mental health and marriage — although he recently returned to the spotlight via an animated guest appearance in Lil Dicky's climate change awareness song "Earth." Bieber has also hinted that an album is in the works.
As the two musicians would have it, Bieber's appearance was unplanned. This is almost definitely a lie, but the surprise element definitely made the moment more fun. "I haven't been on stage in like, two years," Bieber said when he first entered. "I came out here, I had no idea I'd be on this stage tonight. Absolutely no idea." Grande confirmed: "True story."
It's true that Bieber hasn't performed on stage since 2017, so those who got to see him can safely say those steep Coachella ticket prices were worth it. Especially given other religious experiences that took place on Sunday.
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