Beyhive, please remove your flower crowns and take a moment of silence for Thursday’s devastating news: Beyoncé (and her gravity-defying chair) are no longer scheduled to make an appearance at Coachella 2017.
Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice announced Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press that the singer was canceling her performance due to doctor’s orders. Even though Beyoncé put on an awe-inspiring performance just weeks ago at the Grammys, her doctors are recommending she take on less activity in the near future. The announcement confirmed weeks of speculation that her pregnancy (with twins) would force her to back out.
“Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival,” the Associated Press reports.
Beyoncé’s reps did confirm that the singer would instead headline next year’s festival.
Coachella has not yet announced who will take Beyoncé’s place on April 15 and 22. Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar are still scheduled to appear as the festival’s other main acts. Other performers include the xx, Gucci Mane, Bon Iver, Father John Misty, Lorde and Future.
The singer would have been the first female performer in 10 years—and the first woman of color—to headline the festival. (Björk headlined there in 2007.) The singer spectacularly announced her pregnancy in early February on Instagram, causing fans to question whether she would actually perform at Coachella—though initially, at least, it seemed that she would not let her coming twins stop her from taking the Coachella stage. Here’s to seeing the whole gang—twins, Jay Z, Blue Ivy, and even Solange, onstage in 2018—with flower crowns, of course.
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