When Coachella announced the lineup for its 2022 return back in January, Kanye West was a major reason why fans bought their tickets in the first place.
While Ye was meant to headline and perform the final sets on both Sundays (April 17 and April 24), plans have unfortunately changed. First reported by TMZ on April 4, Ye has decided to drop out of Coachella nearly two weeks before he was scheduled to grace the stage.
Ye yet to comment or specify his reasoning for the cancellation, however, the recent drama surrounding him gives further context into speculation for his departure. He was omitted from the list of performers at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas (April 3), as the Recording Academy likely wanted to prevent extracurricular turmoil.
Additionally, it was reported that West is seeking professional help in the aftermath of his several Instagram tirades in February, although his media manager Jason Lee, who he interviewed with amid his Donda 2 rollout, denied these rumors.
Sean Leon, featured as a vocalist on Donda 2 track “Sci Fi,” took to Twitter to explain that Ye pulled out of the show because he was “building his own thing,” so perhaps he has a separate live performance on the way.
TMZ also reported that Kanye West was hoping to bring out Travis Scott as a guest performer at his Coachella set, which would have been his return to live performing after the November 2021 Astroworld tragedy.
Coachella’s 2022 roster consists of superstar hip-hop acts galore, such as 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Big Sean, Baby Keem, Vince Staples, Isaiah Rashad, Freddie Gibbs and more — making this the most rap-centric fest to date.
The headlining spots for Coachella have been a revolving door of commitments from acts, as Travis Scott was set to be a main act, but was pulled after Astroworld. He was then replaced by Billie Eilish and Ye, but now Yeezy is out also out for the count.
Coachella has not announced who will replaced Kanye, stay tapped in with OGM for more updates.