Kesha joins Zedd at Coachella for surprise appearance

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We See Kesha Off to Coachella Amidst Drama With Dr. Luke

These days the Coachella rumor mill operates with as much urgency as the presidential news cycle, so keeping special guests and collaborations a surprise is an almost impossible task. As a result, by Saturday (April 17) afternoon, word had already spread that embattled singer Kesha might make her return to the stage at Coachella with superstar DJ Zedd.

Regardless, the moment was no less powerful when the singer, clad in all black, joined Zedd onstage at the Outdoor Theater to perform the title track from his True Colors album. The massive throng, which stretched out to the middle of the field on both sides, cheered wildly as the Free Kesha movement made it to Coachella.

Bringing Kesha to the stage was the climax to an action-packed set that began at 9:31 p.m. with smoke shooting from the stage as soon as the lights went down. The effects and production kept up a phenomenal pace throughout the set. Within the first 10 minutes Zedd had already shot off smoke, a confetti gun and flames for songs like the opening "Beautiful Now" and his remix of "Rude" from Magic!.

He followed the "Rude" remix with a massive drop that left the DJ and crowd bouncing together as one. The crowd now fully engaged, Zedd got them to sing Hayley Williams' refrain in the duo's "Stay The Night" collaboration.

All of that was a prelude though to the dramatic entrance of Kesha. Even with Kanye West and Seal making guest appearances over the first two days, Kesha's long-awaited return to the stage was arguably the largest cameo of the weekend; certainly it will be the most talked about. And those who have publicly supported her in her legal battle with Dr. Luke can only hope her Coachella spot was the beginning of her return to the public eye for music rather than court battles.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Paris Hilton is seen at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Kendall Jenner is seen at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Singer Ellie Goulding poses backstage during day 1 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Brooklyn Beckham is seen at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Chanel Iman is seen at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 15: Suki Waterhouse wearing Hunter Original Black Bomber jacket and Hunter Original Slides in Coachella Valley, California on April 15, 2016. (Photo by Rachel Murray/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Alessandra Ambrosio is seen at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Rachel McCord is seen at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: Patrick Schwarzenegger is seen at The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Singer Rihanna performs on day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 17: Jack Lawless, Kat Graham, JinJoo Lee, Joe Jonas and Cole Whittle attend The Las Vegas #WHHSH Music Lounge Palm Springs During Coachella at Ingleside Inn on April 17, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The BMF Media Group)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Diplo performs during Major Lazer onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Musician Sia performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Singer Alessia Cara performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Musician Matthew Healy of The 1975 performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Singer Tei Shi performs onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Courtney Sixx heads to the Coachella Festival on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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