Calvin Harris Brings Rihanna Onstage for Headline Set
Calvin Harris performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, Calif.
Calvin Harris dropped a big surprise into his Coachella set: Rihanna.
The Scottish DJ and producer introduced the Barbados-born pop superstar to the California masses during his Sunday night headline stint behind the decks.
Wearing a tassel red, white and blue jacket, Rihanna performed “We Found Love,” her 2011 collab with Harris (who was trending on Twitter throughout the set).
“Coachella, what the f— is that,” she shouted. And then, “Calvin Harris, take it away” she called, as she departed stage as Daft Punk’s “One More Time” started up.
Rihanna performs on day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, Calif.
Rihanna performs on day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, Calif.Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella
Hosts of the Coachella live stream had teased a “big superstar” would appear with Harris. Rihanna sure fit that bill, though it was the presence of Taylor Swift, his girlfriend, many were expecting. According to reports, Swift jetted in and out of the Coachella Music Festival on Saturday to attend a pal’s wedding in Texas… a round trip of 1,200 miles.
Harris is the undisputed King of dance music, earning $66 million in 2014, according to Forbes, a sum double that of the next-highest earner, Frenchman David Guetta ($37 million).