Kanye West reportedly pulls out of Coachella headlining performance

Kanye West has reportedly pulled out of his headlining Coachella Music and Art Festival performance, in turn bringing Travis Scott with him, who was rumored to be joining him on stage during the renowned Indio affair.

Ye, whose scheduled performance was unsurprisingly marred in controversy well before it began, is backing out of Coachella less than two weeks ahead of the festival’s first weekend run. While it remains unclear if the news of Ye’s retraction is linked to his call for fellow headliner Billie Eilish to “apologize” to Travis Scott, the news has come about after the rapper missed the Grammy Awards, reportedly telling ex-wife Kim Kardashian that he’s “going away to get help.” This follows months of one social media frenzy after the next—including berating Kardashian and her current significant other Pete Davidson, as well as attacking The Daily Show host Trevor Noah with racist remarks that ended with West’s suspension from Instagram.

Travis Scott was enlisted to headline Coachella’s 2020 installment before it was cancelled due to the first outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. Coachella organizers planned to bring him back for 2022’s run but inevitably pulled out following the tragic events that took place at Scott’s festival Astroworld this past November. Scott has not performed for a large audience since. This switch-up leaves an open headlining spot beside Harry Styles and Billie Eilish. Commentators are projecting that West’s newly available slot could be replaced by Swedish House Mafia, who were given an unspecified slot in headline-sized font on the Coachella lineup poster, though, following considerable success at this year’s Grammys, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s Silk Sonic project could also be a frontrunner to fill Ye’s spot.

This story is still developing.

Featured image: Kevin Mazur

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