With a total of nine Grammy nominations, Beyoncé has a chance of winning big at the music industry’s biggest night. But it looks like the pop superstar has already won the stage of one of the biggest music festivals in the world.
According to the Huffington Post, Beyoncé is set to headline Coachella, along with Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. While snagging a headliner spot is enough to celebrate, the Huffington Post points out that it will be a history-making moment: “She’s also the first solo female artist to headline Coachella in the last decade and the first black woman ever to headline the California-based festival.”
Only two other women have headlined Coachella since its start in 1999, says HuffPost: Bjork in 2007 and female-fronted English rock band Portishead in 2008.
Beyoncé’s headlining performance comes after a year when Coachella performances were comprised of only a small number of female acts. HuffPost reports, “last year, Coachella’s lineup included 168 male artists and just 60 female artists ― a figure that includes both all-female and mixed-gender acts.”
While this year’s lineup still doesn’t achieve gender parity — HuffPost says the 2017 performances include “108 all-male acts and 40 all-female and mixed-gender acts” — Beyoncé’s headliner stint may help usher in a new era for Coachella and spur other music festivals to follow suit.