Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has pulled out of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times and Billboard.
TMZ first reported on Monday that Ye decided to pull out of his headlining performances on April 17 and 24.
Representatives for Ye and festival promoter Goldenvoice did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Desert Sun, part of the USA TODAY network.
Ye’s performance at the Grammy Awards was canceled by organizers following “concerning online behavior.” He was allowed to attend the red carpet and the awards show itself, but instead opted to skip the Grammys entirely.
The noticeably absent rapper won in the best melodic rap performance category alongside The Weeknd and Lil Baby for “Hurricane,” and he and Jay-Z also won best rap song for their collaboration “Jail,” tying them for most wins for a hip-hop artist in Grammys history.
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Last month, the rapper was suspended from Instagram for 24 hours after posting attacks aimed toward ex Kim Kardashian, her boyfriend and actor Pete Davidson and comedian and Grammys host Trevor Noah.
In February, he also called out “Bad Guy” singer Billie Eilish, who is headlining the festival on April 16 and 23, on Instagram over comments she made during a show he believes were about Astroworld Festival founder Travis Scott and concert safety.
Eilish halted her performance during a February concert to check on a fan in the crowd, according to fan video shared on social media at the time. “You need an inhaler?” Eilish said to the fan, before directing her stage crew to help the concertgoer.
“I wait for people to be OK until I keep going,”Eilish said in another video of the encounter, according to Billboard.
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Ye’s Instagram post included a screenshot of a headline claiming Eilish “dissed” Scott with her comment.
“COME ON BILLIE WE LOVE YOU PLEASE APOLOGIZE TO TRAV AND TO THE FAMILIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES,” Ye captioned the post. “NO ONE INTENDED THIS TO HAPPEN TRAV DIDN’T HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING WHEN HE WAS ON STAGE AND WAS VERY HURT BY WHAT HAPPENED.”
The “Donda” rapper added that Scott will be joining him at Coachella, but demanded an apology first. “YES TRAV WILL BE WITH ME AT COACHELLA BUT NOW I NEED BILLIE TO APOLOGIZE BEFORE I PERFORM,” he wrote.
Eilish later responded and denied Ye’s insinuation. “literally never said a thing about travis,” she commented on Ye’s post. “was just helping a fan.”
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Scott was announced as a headliner for the festival in 2019, which was postponed from April to October 2020 due to COVID-19. A few months later, it was rescheduled for April 2021 until it was pushed again to 2022. He wasn’t included on the lineup when it was announced in January.
A November petition called for Scott to be removed from the festival after 10 people died in a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Houston where he was performing. Eight people died on the day of the Nov. 5 event. The ninth, a 22-year-old college student, died Nov. 10 in a hospital. The 10th — and youngest — Ezra Blount, 9, died Nov. 14 in a hospital in a medically-induced coma.
The two-weekend Coachella festival will return April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the first time in three years.
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