R. Kelly Performs with Phoenix at Coachella

Thomas Mars and R. Kelly

You never know who’s going to surprise at Coachella. R. Kelly turned plenty of heads when he appeared during Phoenix’s headlining set on Saturday.

Following a full day of performances from 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Action Bronson, the R&B icon brought more heat to the desert. He joined the French band on the main stage for a mash-up of his hit “Ignition” and their single “1901.”

“Can get a toot toot, can I get a beep beep?” Kellz asked the sea of festivalgoers, who sang along.

He kept it going with a mix of “I’m a Flirt” and “Chloroform” off Phoenix’s upcoming album, Bankrupt!

Katy Perry tweeted about the surreal moment. “Production value has really gone up at Coochella, it felt like R Kelly was really there! #rkellyhologram,” joked the pop star.

Kellz will also play the Pitchfork Festival and Bonnaroo this summer. Watch footage from his surprise set below.

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  1. gareth

    r kelly will be performing at our St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival on May 12th 2013. Tickets cost $75US. He is the headliner. Also featured on the line up are the O’Jays. Come down to my beautiful island people! You definitely wont regret. BTW Ginuwine and TheJacksons are perfoming on the 10th and Akon on the 11th. The Caribbean is the place to be!


  2. Kate

    R.kelly is music genius. R&B !!!!


  3. D.kellz

    The King Of R&B R.Kelly I love to see my favorite artist perform live and just show his true singing ability live and a experience I will never forget twice in life for my birthday these past 2 years. And he always can sing any one of his many hits from his cds. Much respect to Kells and I can not wait for that new album coming soon. Real R&B from the 90′s


  4. Kenyon Green

    The G.O.A.T.


  5. Adeeyyyee

    so wickedly awesome! I dig this. Phoenix blows my mind!


  6. Nikki

    The one & only R&B King


  7. Nikki

    Is that bitch Katie Perry trying to throw shade? Fuck that bitch.


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