Say goodbye to Kanye West.
The weekend and Swedish house mafia are set to replace West (who legally changed his name to Ye) as Sunday night headliners Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2022. Where is dropped earlier this week, a few days before the return of the highly anticipated festival.
On Wednesday, organizers of this year’s event, scheduled for the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24, announced the last minute change on the festival’s Instagram page.
The fashion icon Yeezy was scheduled to perform at the popular California festival, but pulled out on Monday. He was also absent at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
The ad comes as a Change.org Petition had called for the superstar rapper to be removed from the festival lineup due to his public behavior towards ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend, Pete Davidson.
“We have seen Kanye harass, manipulate and hurt Kim, Pete and others for over a year now,” said the petition noted. “Nobody seems to want to stand up to him, and those who do, he also puts them under fire.”
The petition had garnered more than 49,000 signatures.
No explanation has been officially given as to why West dropped out.
However, he had previously threatened, in a since-deleted Instagram post on February 10, to cancel his Coachella set if fellow headliner Billie Eilish did not apologize to rapper Travis Scott.
West had said that Eilish insulted Scott – who West was planning to bring to Coachella – when she interrupted a concert in February to help a fan get his inhaler.
In excerpts from Eilish’s concert, the Grammy winner says, “I’m waiting for people to be okay until I keep going. Some news outlets interpreted the remark as a swipe at Scott, who was performing at the Astroworld Festival in Houston last November as a stampede broke out in the crowd. Ten people were killed and dozens were injured in the crash.
“Literally I never said anything about Travis,” she wrote in a comment below West’s post in response to the accusations. “I just helped a fan.”
Although banned from performing at the Grammys on Sunday, West was nominated for five awards, including Album of the Year for “Donda.” He won two non-televised rap categories, but did not attend either event.