The 44-year-old rapper was set to headline North America’s largest music competition for 2 weekends in April together with Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and the digital group Swedish House Mafia.
There had been no reported causes for West’s cancellation, however the information comes after a number of weeks of publicly combative and unpredictable habits from the rapper. In current months, West has repeatedly lashed out at his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and her boyfriend, the Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, and launched a music video during which a claymation model of Davidson is kidnapped and killed.
Last month, Instagram suspended West for twenty-four hours after he used a racial slur to explain the TV host Trevor Noah, who referred to as West’s harassment of Kardashian “terrifying to watch” and consultant of “what so many women go through when they choose to leave” in a prolonged Daily Show section.
After the Instagram suspension, West was barred from a efficiency eventually night time’s Grammy Awards – hosted by Noah – as a consequence of what was described as his “concerning online behavior”. A petition to take away him from the Coachella lineup had since gathered virtually 50,000 signatures in current weeks.
In February, West had additionally claimed he would pull out of the competition if fellow headliner Eilish didn’t apologise to Travis Scott over a perceived slight, associated to the singer serving to a fan throughout a live performance. West noticed it as an assault on Scott’s dealing with of the Astroworld catastrophe.
In 2016, West additionally cancelled the ultimate leg of his Saint Pablo tour after a number of controversial and unpredictable on-stage rants; he was hospitalized for a psychological well being breakdown shortly thereafter.
West’s Coachella cancellation additionally scraps a possible look by rapper Travis Scott, whom West was reportedly planning to convey on stage. It would have been Scott’s first large-capacity efficiency because the catastrophe at his Astroworld competition in Houston final November, when a crowd crush killed 10 folks. Scott was initially imagined to headline Coachella in 2020, delayed by Covid till 2022, however pulled out of the competition after the tragedy.
West beforehand headlined the Indio, California-based competition in 2011 and has not carried out his personal set since, although he has made shock appearances in performances by The Weeknd in 2015 and Kid Cudi in 2019.
The Guardian has contacted representatives for each West and Coachella.