Why Beyoncé Headlining Coachella Is So Exciting, Besides The Obvious Reasons

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Coachella, the annual music festival in California, announced its 2017 lineup this week. With it came the news that Beyoncé will headline the event, along with Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. This is exciting for a number of reasons. Firstly and perhaps most obviously, who wouldn't want to see Beyoncé at Coachella? For that matter, who wouldn't want to see Beyoncé just about anywhere?

But while we're at it, there's also a pretty significant milestone that should also be celebrated.


Beyoncé will be the first woman of color ever to headline Coachella.

She's also the first solo female artist to headline in 10 years, and only the third woman to headline in the history of the festival, which began in 1999. Previous female headliners were Björk (in both 2002 and 2007) and Beth Gibbons, who performed with her band Portishead in 2008.

Unfortunately, Coachella has historically been dominated by male artists. According to the Los Angeles Times, this has led some to nickname the festival "brochella." The same disparity exists at other music festivals, even though more than half the attendees are women. A study by the Huffington Post found that all-male acts made up the majority of festival lineups across the board, with Coachella averaging 75 percent.

That gap is gradually closing, but there's still a lot of change to be made. We're excited to see some of that change in action when Beyoncé takes the stage this April. Until then, we'll be waiting to see how many of her nine Grammy nominations result in a win next month.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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