Ariana Grande Hit With Lemon at Coachella Likely Over Alleged Beyoncé Pay Disparity

Ariana Grande Hit With Lemon at Coachella
Ariana Grande the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California, on April 21. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG

The Bey Hive has spoken, folks. After rumors circulated that Ariana Grande earned more than Beyoncé for headlining Coachella this year, the pop songstress was targeted by a fan who threw a lemon at her on Sunday. Lemons are associated with Beyoncé thanks to her widely praised album Lemonade.

Grande, 25, took the stage for weekend two of Coachella on Sunday. She recruited Justin Bieber (they have the same manager, Scooter Braun) for his first stage performance in two years. But not everyone in the crowd was impressed, and one fan threw a lemon at the Nickelodeon alum, which hit her chest as she was strutting on the stage.

The moment sparked a mix of reactions on Twitter.

"If you throw a lemon at Ariana Grande, you're a piece of s***," Finneas, a singer, shared to Twitter.

Many shared a similar sentiment, arguing that the attack was uncalled for. Others joked about Grande's lemon attack.

One fan said throwing a lemon at Grande was "childish"; a second fan questioned why someone "just has a lemon with them at a music festival"; and a third individual joked that Victoria Justice—Grande's former Victorious co-star whom she seemed to feud with—was "photographed throwing a lemon" at the singer. A fourth person suggested the lemon-throwing incident was "f***ing hilarious," while another claimed the party who threw the fruit showed "disrespect."

"Someone threw a lemon at our baby!!! Who the f*** throws lemons at a concert?? Wtf s**t... this ain't no one direction concert right @ArianaGrande? I love you baby @ArianaGrande," a fan tweeted. "I hope you are ok @ArianaGrande People don't throw lemons people!! The f*** y'all are weird!"

y’all I wake up to find out someone threw a LEMON at Ariana Grande last night a Coachella... y’all really out here being CHILDISH

— Ivan (@IvanD_Castillo) April 22, 2019


— bubbles • (fan account) (@arisbubbly) April 22, 2019

Ahead of Grande's Coachella performance, rumors swirled that the "7 Rings" singer earned $8 million for her appearance while Beyoncé earned only $4 million for hers. Beyoncé's iconic "Homecoming" performance is the subject of the recently released Homecoming documentary for Netflix. It shows the lead-up to her Coachella gig—from her strict vegan diet to her struggle to recover from giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir Carter.

The concern that Grande earned more than Queen Bey for performing at Coachella appears to be misplaced, in any case. According to The Blast, Grande and Beyoncé earned the same amount for their respective Coachella appearances: $4 million for each show.