For The First Time Ever, A Black Woman Will Be Headlining Coachella

For The First Time Ever, A Black Woman Will Be Headlining Coachella

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PARKWOOD ENTERTAINMENT – Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by 13thWitness/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Queen B headlining one of the most popular music festivals in the country is exciting for more than the simple fact that she is Beyoncé: She’s also the first solo female artist to headline Coachella in the last decade and the first black woman ever to headline the California-based festival.

Since Coachella’s inception in 1999, only two women have headlined the star-studded festival. Before Beyoncé, Bjork headlined the festival in 2007 and once before that in 2002. Portishead ― a three-person English rock band whose lead singer is a woman ― headlined Coachella in 2008.

That’s a pretty abysmal track record.

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