The Weeknd Is Officially Replacing Kanye at Coachella—Here’s Who Else Is Headlining

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Sunday Service is canceled. After Kanye’s Coachella spot was dropped, the pressing question remains: Who will be his replacement?

On April 6, 2022, Coachella announced on Twitter that The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia will headline the Sunday Coachella spot. The co-headliners have recently collaborated on The Weeknd’s latest album release Dawn FM with “Sacrifice” and “How Do I Make You Love Me?” The Canadian artist also appeared on Swedish House Mafia’s recent single “Moth to a Flame.” Swedish House Mafia were originally billed as a special performance on the Coachella poster before being moved up the bill.

The Kanye cancelation news comes after the Grammys barred him from performing at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3, 2022. West subsequently pulled his spot from Coachella, according to TMZPage Six also reported that the rapper told his ex-wife Kim that he was “going away to get help” and would not be “making any public appearances or inflammatory social media statements.”

Top acts like Justin Bieber and The Weeknd were initially speculated to replace the DONDA rapper, according to Hits Daily Double. Tyler, the Creator was also a top choice for Hollywood favorites. The Call Me When You Get Lost rapper recently won the Grammy for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Melodic performance and is currently completing his North American tour.

Travis Scott was also one of the main contenders, with the AstroWorld rapper previously rumored to be performing along West during his originally scheduled set. This would have marked Scott’s first major performance since his fatal Astroworld Festival tragedy in Houston, Texas left 10 dead and hundreds of others injured.

The Dawn FM and Paradise Again performers will join the ranks of star-studded headliners Harry Styles and Billie Eilish on April 15, 16, 17 and the following weekend of April 20, 21, and 22. Eilish, who recently performed at the Oscars and the Grammys, will headline the Saturday slot and Styles, who announced a new album and released a new single on March 31, will headline the Friday slot.

A version of this story was originally published on April 5, 2022.

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