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Coachella’s 10 Coolest Guest Stars Ever, Ranked

These surprise appearances made for some of the most magical moments at the Indio festival. What's the biggest Coachella cameo ever?

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Skrillex & Korn, 2011

INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: DJ Skrillex (L) and vocalist Jonathan Davis of KoRn (R) pose backstage on day 1 of the 2011 Coachella V
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Korn in the dance tent? It happened in 2011, months before the rap-metal stalwarts unveiled their extensive collaborations with Skrillex on their album The Path of Totality.

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Pharrell & Gwen Stefani, 2014

Gwen Stefani performs onstage with Pharrell Williams during Day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the E
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Pharrell’s 2014 Coachella performance was a victory lap after the success of “Happy” and “Get Lucky,” and the star-studded set was highlighted by Gwen Stefani, who unleashed “Hollaback Girl” upon a desert of unsuspecting pop fans.

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Arcade Fire & Debbie Harry, 2014

INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Singers Regine Chassagne and Debbie Harry perform with Arcade Fire onstage during day 3 of the 2014 Coa
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The rock mainstays met rock royalty when Debbie Harry hopped onstage in 2014 to belt “Heart of Glass” alongside Regine Chassagne, fitting right in with the rest of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor sound.

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Nas & Jay Z, 2014

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Rappers Nas (L) and Jay Z perform onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festiv
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Remember when Nas and Jay Z hated each other? It was hard to recall at Coachella in 2014, when Esco brought out Hov for a surprise collaboration in celebration of Illmatic’s 20th anniversary.

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R. Kelly & Phoenix, 2013

INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Rapper R. Kelly (R) performs with musician Thomas Mars (L) of Phoenix onstage during day 2 of the 2013
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Phoenix was rumored to link back up with Daft Punk for their Coachella headlining set, and although the robots didn’t show up, Robert Sylvester Kelly did. He came out for a one-of-a-kind mash-up of “Ignition (Remix)” and “1901.”

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Chance the Rapper & Justin Bieber, 2014

Justin Bieber performs onstage with Chance The Rapper during Day 3 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the
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Before Chance the Rapper was headlining festivals and hopping on ultralight beams, he was an early day performer at Coachella…with the power to summon Justin Bieber. The Biebs stopped by in a bucket hat to perform “Confident,” his Chance collab from Journals, and the crowd went wild.

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Drake & Madonna, 2015

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Recording artists Madonna (L) and Drake kiss onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music &
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Drake’s Coachella headlining performance will always be remembered for Madonna’s surprise appearance, and subsequent lip-lock with Drizzy after a quick striptease. We’ll never hear Drake’s song “Madonna” the same way.

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Calvin Harris & Rihanna, 2012

Rihanna and Calvin Harris perform hit 'We Found Love' during Day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held at
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Coming off the highs of the hits “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna stopped by Coachella to perform both with their producer, Calvin Harris, in a raucous dance tent cameo.

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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & The Tupac Hologram, 2012

When a re-creation of a legendary rapper causes months, and maybe years, of conversation within and outside the music industry...that’s a pretty cool guest star. Never stop riding for the West Coast, Tupac Hologram.

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Solange & Beyoncé, 2014

Beyoncé performs with her sister Solange Knowles onstage during Day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at t
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There’s still no cooler guest star to come out at Coachella than Beyoncé, who topped her appearance during hubby Jay Z’s headlining set in 2010 by helping out little sis Solange during her 2014 set. Bey simply came onstage, danced a little, laughed a lot and caused a frenzy. We live for these Coachella moments.

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