Billie Eilish said she ‘shouldn’t be headlining’ Coachella and ended her performance with ‘sorry I’m not Beyoncé’

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Billie Eilish performs at the 2022 Coachella Music Festival.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella

  • Billie Eilish took the stage at the Coachella Music Festival on Saturday.

  • The 20-year-old star said on stage that she “shouldn’t be the headliner of this shit”.

  • At the end of her set, she apologized to the crowd for not being Beyoncé, who made headlines in 2018.

Billie Eilish took a moment in the middle of her Coachella performance to thank fans for coming – as well as to question her own place in the lineup.

Eilish took to the stage on Saturday in Indio, Calif., as the youngest headliner in music festival history.

“I shouldn’t be the headliner of this shit!” she told the crowd, which included the Insider music team. “But I’m so grateful to be here and that you’re all here. It’s such a dream come true. I feel crazy.”

Eilish then declared her “three rules for the night”, which included a general no judgment of others, “don’t be an asshole” and “just have fun, bitch”.

When her set ended about an hour later, Eilish apologized.

“Thank you Coachella! I’m sorry I’m not Beyoncé,” she said, adding, “Love you, goodnight.”

Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline Coachella in 2018, delivering a career-defining performance that included grueling choreography, multiple outfit changes and a Destiny’s Child reunion.

At just 20, Eilish has also made history on several occasions, becoming the only woman in Grammys history to sweep all four major categories and the first Oscar winner born in the 21st century.

She has also headlined festivals like Governors Ball in New York and Firefly in Delaware. She will soon become the youngest solo headliner in the history of Europe’s biggest festival, Glastonbury in England.

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