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Why Ariana Grande Is a New Kind of Pop Star Headliner for Coachella

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Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Ariana Grande’s announcement as a headliner for the upcoming Coachella festival isn’t only a continuation of pop taking center stage at the tastemaker fest, but also an indication of Grande’s growth and Coachella’s desire to spread its sonic wings.

On the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, the team dives into a discussion about the headliners for Coachella -- Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Grande -- and why Grande is a new kind of pop star for the long-running festival, following blockbuster sets from Beyoncé and Lady Gaga the past two years.

In addition, co-hosts Keith and Katie review some of the big music moments of Sunday's 2019 Golden Globe Awards and what it all means for Lady Gaga’s chances at the upcoming Academy Awards. Is she a lock to get a nod for best original song for co-writing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born? Is she certain to walk away with a nomination for best actress for the film?

Plus, the Pop Shoppers review chart news about Halsey scoring her first No. 1 as a lead artist on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Without Me,” how Christmas music has vacated the charts (and what music has picked up the slack -- hello, “Baby Shark!”), and Justin Timberlake’s return to the road after illness forced him to reschedule some dates of his Man of the Woods Tour.