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Coachella 2016: Calvin Harris Brings Rihanna Onstage for Headline Set

Billboard logo Billboard 18/04/2016 Billboard Staff

Rihanna performers during Calvin Harris' Coachella 2016 headline slot © Publicity Rihanna performers during Calvin Harris' Coachella 2016 headline slot Calvin Harris dropped a big surprise into his Coachella set: Rihanna.

The Scottish DJ and producer introduced the Barbados-born pop superstar to the California masses during his Sunday night headline stint behind the decks. 

Wearing a tassel red, white and blue jacket, Rihanna performed "We Found Love," her 2011 collab with Harris. 

"Coachella, what the **** is that," she shouted. And then, "Calvin Harris, take it away" she called, as she departed stage as Daft Punk's "One More Time" started up. 

Hosts of the Coachella live stream had teased a "big superstar" would appear with Harris. Rihanna sure fit that bill, though it was his girlfriend Taylor Swift's presence many were expecting. According to reports, Swift jetted in and out of the Coachella Music Festival on Saturday to attend a pal's wedding in Texas… a round trip of 1,200 miles.

Harris is the undisputed King of EDM, earning $66 million in 2014, according to Forbes, a sum double that of the next-highest earner, Frenchman David Guetta ($37 million).

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