Beyoncé Makes History Yet Again
In April 2016, theLos Angeles Timeswrote a story about the annual music jamboree in Indio, Calif., titled "Coachella: Plenty of bros, but where are the female headliners?" The piece noted that Björk was the last "female-centric" act to headline Coachella — in 2007. Now, 10 years later, a woman is finally on the list of headliners, and she's one we (and the Grammy Awards) know quite well: Beyoncé.
The festival, which the Times reported some had taken to calling "brochella," has officially broken its streak of male stage domination, with Beyoncé's name on the performance lineup, headlining day two. The singer, who is nominated for nine Grammy Awards this year, including "album of the year" for "Lemonade," will join Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead as the acts leading this year's event at the Empire Polo Club.
Last year, as theLos Angeles Timesnotes, fewer than a quarter of the fest’s overall 167 acts were female, which, though dismal, was a 16 percent improvement from 2015. As the newspaper noted in a separate April 2015 piece, Coachella has become an event that "helps set agendas, not only in music, but also in media, branding, and style."
Now, it seems, Beyoncé has her name on that all-important agenda. A representative for Coachella told Vanity Fair that the festival organizers aren't taking requests for interviews at this time.
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