Coachella 2014: Top Weekend One Collaborations [VIDEO]
Beyoncé and Solange at Coachella 2014 by Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Indio, California -- It can be agreed that Coachella's first weekend was friggin' epic. It saw the official reunion of Outkast, the return of Arcade Fire after their amazing 2011 set, Nas' celebration of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, and countless more awesome moments. Here are some of the best collaborations (plus one awful one) we saw this weekend. There's no way of knowing if these will happen again for Coachella's second weekend, or if we'll catch some new ones.
Janelle Monáe Joins Outkast
The Outkast reunion set was pretty much everything I hoped it would be, including being pleasantly proven wrong when they performed two songs I was certain they would never play live. One of the biggest highlights from their hour and a half set was Janelle Monáe's rendition of "Tightrope" that had Big Boi's studio verse which does not happen often live.
Beyoncé Dances on Stage with Solange
During the last song of Solange's Saturday-night set, "Losing You," the audience was provided a very special treat: Beyoncé showed up. The queen didn't provide any vocals–just a quick choreographed dance with her little sister. I'm sure that was enough to satisfy the Coachella crowd.
Debbie Harry Joins Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire's headlining Sunday-set packed a bunch of material from their 2013 release Reflektor plus plenty of their classics. The biggest surprise of the show was the arrival of Debbie Harry to the stage to perform the Blondie hit "Heart of Glass" and to provide backup vocals for the hit from The Suburbs, "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)."
Drake Joins Jhené Aiko
Jhené Aiko was one of the lower billed acts on Sunday, but that didn't stop Drake from hopping on stage to perform their 2013 Nothing Was the Same collaboration "From Time" which left members of the crowd incapable of containing themselves. Afterwards, Drizzy announced that it was his first time ever at Coachella.
Nas Invites Jay Z to the Stage
If you weren't sure these two had buried the hatchet, it's pretty damn clear now. After playing some Illmatic classics, Nas invited Jay Z on stage for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From." "Had to come out here and celebrate 20 years of Illmatic," Hove said. "What an accomplishment."
Pharrell Calls on a Ton of Collaborators
Pharrell immediately dispelled rumors of a Daft Punk collaboration at his Saturday-night set by opening with "Lose Yourself to Dance" sans robots (who knows, maybe we'll get them next weekend), but he made up for it handsomely with a slew of other special guests.
The first block of collaborations began with "Hot in Herre" featuring Nelly into "I Just Wanna Love You" without Jay Z, which was a little strange considering he was at the festival that day. This moved right into "Pass the Courvoisier (Part II)" for which he was joined by Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy. He then performed the N.E.R.D. track "Lapdance" and invited Tyler, The Creator on stage to jump around. Tyler would hang in the pit in front of the stage for the rest of the performance.
The second block of special guests began with Snoop Dogg joining the hit-maker for "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Beautiful." For the next song, Pharrell pointed to the pit saying, "Wes, I need you for a second, bro." Wes turned out to be Wesley Pentz, also known as Diplo, who pumped up the audience during the Major Lazer track "Aerosol Can" for which Pharrell sang lead. He then brought out Gwen Stefani for the 2004 hit "Hollaback Girl."
Bieber Shows Up During Chance the Rapper's Set
And now for the collaboration that no one expected (or really wanted): Justin Bieber showed up for a quick cameo during Chance the Rapper's set. They performed a snippet of their hit "Confident" before Chance went into his verse on James Blake's remix of "Life Round Here" with Bieber kind of jumping around behind him. Truth be told, this was pretty weird.
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