Ariana Grande gets hit by a lemon during her Coachella set amid pay debate with Beyonce fans
Ariana Grande surprised all her fans on Sunday night when she brought on fellow singer Justin Bieber for a surprise performance during her set at the Coachella music festival. However, earlier during her performance, the poor singer was left with quite a bitter taste in her mouth when someone from the audience chucked a lemon at her.
In a video clip shared by a fan on social media, the '7 Rings' star was hit in the chest with the citrus fruit as she strutted down the stage with her backup dancers. The video shows a shocked Grande taking a pause between choreography, saying “What the f—? That’s ’cause one of y’all threw a lemon at me! S—.”
Fans in the audience were absolutely furious after the unexpected pelting, and many connected the choice of fruit to the Beyhive, i.e. Beyonce's fans since their Queen B is most often associated with the lemon after the release of her 2016 album 'Lemonade'.
The shocking attack on Grande comes shortly after rumors ran rampant last week, claiming that the 'No Tears Left To Cry' singer, the youngest act ever to headline Coachella, made double the amount as Beyoncé. However, the Blast later reported that both women were paid $4 million for each weekend and the contracts for Grande and Beyoncé were “structured exactly the same way.”
Soon the incident went viral, with a lot of trolls making memes of Grande’s former Nickelodeon costar Victoria Justice prepping to chuck the citrus, owing to the 2013 online tiff that the 'Victorious' stars previously got into when their show was canceled, but Justice has denied multiple times that the pair ever feuded.
Meanwhile, Grande stole hearts at Coachella this year, kicking off her second Coachella performance with 'raindrops (an angel cried)' off her 'Sweetener' album before transitioning into 'God Is a Woman.' The Grammy nominee sang her hits off her latest album, 'thank u next', including singles 'bad idea' and 'break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored.'
And she also surprised fans with Bieber's special performance at the end of her set. “We thought it might be fun to do something for you guys,” Grande said before the pair, who are on Lil Dicky’s new single 'Earth,' performed his 2015 hit, 'Sorry.'
“I haven’t been on stage in like two years. I came out here I had no idea I was going to be on stage tonight,” Bieber told the crowd. “So anyways this is my first time on stage in two years. I had to get my groove back, my swag back. By the way — album coming soon.”