Photos, Videos: Pharrell Brings Out Jay Z, Usher, T.I. For Second Coachella Set
If there was any doubt that Pharrell wouldn't be able to bring out the same caliber of guests as he did during weekend one of Coachella, he proved them wrong on Saturday night. The talented musician sure has friends in high places, bringing out a bevy of A-listers like Jay Z, Usher, T.I., Pusha T, Busta Rhymes and even a dance performance by the Jabbawockeez on stage.
Last weekend, he got artists like Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg and Nelly to grace Coachella-goers with their presence. And without a sandstorm this time around (unlike weekend one where his vocals were affected by the dust) in the Indio desert, the "Happy" singer was able to hit all those falsetto notes without a hitch.
While donning his signature mountie hat (or Arby's hat, however you see it), one of the most memorable moments during Pharrell's set was bring out Hova as his surprise guest. Although Jay Z performed with Nas during weekend one (and was absent from the Illmatic rapper's performance this time around), his duet with Pharrell was fresh, as they hit "Frontin," "Excuse Me Miss," and "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)."
Summer hit, "Blurred Lines" brought T.I. on stage to rap, while Pharrell sung Robin Thicke's infectious hooks of the track.
And another treat was when Pharrell brought on Usher to croon his silky styling of "U Don't Have To Call." He gave Usher a shout out for his new upcoming album as well as a nod to Outkast's Andre 3000 who was checking out the set on Saturday.
Clipse's Pusher T also jumped on stage to perform "Grindin'" with Pharrell. The only weekend-one repeat was Busta Rhymes who once again did "Pass the Courvoisier." Pharrell's stage presence was undeniable, even without counting the guests. His catalog of music shone, making you think, "Wow, this dude sure has a lot of hits," over the years, even busting out Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and saying the song changed his life.
And in a similar vein of bringing out surprise guests on day two of Coachella, Nas performed on the Outdoor Stage all the beloved tracks of Illmatic again with the same fervor as he did the prior week—while holding onto a bottle of Hennessey. Most exciting was that the rapper announced Illmatic was released 20 years ago to that day on April 19, so it was a rather special moment for him.
But instead of bringing out Jay Z and Diddy like he did on weekend one, he had Lauryn Hill perform "Ready or Not" and "If I Ruled the World." Damian Marley, while a Rastafarian flag was waving behind him, performed with Nas "Welcome to Jamrock" with "Road to Zion."
And we leave you with this sweet pic of Nas and Hill hugging. Aw...