Justin Bieber is one artist that gives most of the headlines. Coachella is an elaborate awards event where numerous artists perform. Frank Ocean was one of the artists that performed at Coachella 2023. Bieber, who memorably surprised Coachella in 2019 by joining Ariana Grande’s headlining set, praised Ocean’s artistry and voice in a heartfelt note on social media. Although, something unpleasant happened at the performance because of which the fans stormed the internet with hatred. And because of this whole fuss, the Peaches singer’s praise came in as a defense for Ocean.
So what actually happened at The Coachella that made the fans unhappy? Everyone following the music industry wants an insight into the whole incident that shook up social media.
What Went Wrong During Frank Ocean’s Performance?
The Lost singer’s highly anticipated headline performance on Sunday night faced several problems that fans called out on social media. His performance also was notably not played on YouTube’s official Coachella livestream like Bad Bunny and Black Pink, who headlined on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
Ocean’s April 16 set proved to be a massive disappointment for fans after he started an hour late, skipped over many fan-favorite songs, performed mostly sitting down and with his back to the crowd, and lip-synched to several tracks. He also ran past the Coachella curfew and abruptly ended his set after less than 90 minutes
Ocean has always demanded the right to do whatever he wants. In many ways, this relentless quest for freedom, both artistic and personal, has made him one of the greatest artists of our time.
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How Did Justin Bieber Defend Frank Ocean?
Bieber recently shared a photo on his Instagram. The photo he shared was of an audience view of the Coachella stage where a video of Ocean was playing on the screens. Several people could be seen in the crowd holding their phones up as they recorded videos of the stage. The caption said, “I was blown away by Frank Ocean’s Coachella performance,” Bieber wrote. “His artistry is simply unmatched, his style, his taste, his voice, his attention to detail… I was deeply moved. It made me want to keep going and get better as an artist. He continues to set the bar high and gave me a night I will never forget! Thanks, Frank,”.
While Ocean has received pans for his performance, Bieber had nothing but raves for his fellow musician.
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How Did The Fans React?
Fans had their own way of addressing the issue. A fan tweeted, “What do u mean frank ocean’s set won’t be on the live stream,”, another tweet read, “the fans are gonna come for me but this frank ocean tiny desk concert as a headliner at Coachella is not it the amount of people leaving because he looks like he doesn’t even wanna be here and he’s sitting on a stool as far from the audience… it’s just disappointing.”
what do u mean frank ocean’s set won’t be on the livestream pic.twitter.com/3yfYOilpBQ
— krits (@sdrgonn) April 17, 2023
the fans are gonna come for me but this frank ocean tiny desk concert as a headliner at coachella is not it 🙃 the amount of people leaving because he looks like he doesn’t even wanna be here and he’s sitting on a stool as far from the audience… it’s just disappointing 😕
— Eren Yeager Apologist (@YouWorshipAngel) April 17, 2023
However, it’s always fascinating to see when an artist stands up for their fellow artist against tough times and lashing fans. Bieber surely has been on both sides.
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