In case you’ve been off the internet and unable to be bombarded by all the social media posts, it’s Coachella time!
The music! The revelry! The failed attempts at engaging a crowd who is mostly there to make Instagram posts!
At least, that’s how it went down for Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, who made her Coachella debut as one of the headliners in yesterday’s line-up.
— MTV (@MTV) April 13, 2019
By all accounts it was one hell of a performance, during which Musgraves was emphatic about “the importance of being together and alive, and forgetting about the outside world, albeit for 50 minutes,” as the Desert Sun put it.
So fittingly, Musgraves decided to try to bring some honky tonk to the desert, leading the crowd in a chant of “Yee haw.”
“Let’s see if Cali can bring the cowboy to me,” she exclaimed to the crowd, before instructing them:
“When I say ‘yee’, you say ‘haw’!”
And people were here for it!
Something about the tone of kacey musgraves voice makes me embrace the yee haw
— Jasmine (@Jasminem2620) April 13, 2019
Buuuuut it didn’t quiiiiite go as planned… It started out strong!
But then… well…
i didn’t say- pic.twitter.com/aZQ5k4QnpB
— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) April 13, 2019
The wheels came RIGHT off when the audience couldn’t follow basic instructions!
She didn’t say fu*kin yee, you guys!
— ???????????????? (@wecanmeetagain) April 13, 2019
Naturally, people on the internet were SHOOK by this faceplant.
kacey musgraves going “when i say yee you say haw” on this coachella livestream….. no words…..
— jess (@vgkhozier) April 13, 2019
KACEY MUSGRAVES HAVING THE CROWD YEE HAW IMJSJDJX
— BADBUNNYxEXO (@fxexoownmyass) April 13, 2019
“when i say yee, you say haw!” I say into the mic.
the crowd haw’s in unison. i begin to walk off the stage in disappointment, when a voice speaks and silences the room.
“i didn’t say fucking yee” i look for the owner of the voice, there in the 1st row, Kacey Musgraves.
— maru (@nosungs) April 13, 2019
Confusion and controversy soon erupted over whose fault this was, and what Musgraves’ words meant!
Because, let’s be real: per her instructions, we all expected a “Yee!” from Kacey but instead she pushed her mic toward the crowd.
Was Kacey trolling‽
Kacey Musgraves trolling a Coachella crowd is an excellent thing to see when you decided NOT to go to coachella pic.twitter.com/JwfR5v2A1m
— Mr. Skeleton Writer (@AndyBCoit) April 13, 2019
Imo it’s her who screwed up the timing. Every person there with basic hip hop instinct was expecting the yee on that downbeat
— ArminVanDownByTheRiver (@DJ_I_Cite) April 13, 2019
She didn’t f’in yee!
— Steve-O (@ZeroJour) April 14, 2019
Also…she held out the mic to the crowd before saying "Yee," which is confusing. I am #TeamCrowd on thid one, LOL.
— Kelley Paradis (@craffingKelley) April 13, 2019
Queen of Tricky Questions. FUCKKK guys i love my yeehaw queen https://t.co/oExLUdSDLB
— Lumpia the Wrapper ✭✭✭ (@Absolutalbert) April 13, 2019
Also, Kacey is a vocal proponent of pot so… was the devil’s lettuce involved here‽
"I didn't say fucking yee."
— Kacey Musgraves PH (@KMusgravesPH) April 13, 2019
Was this all Kacey Musgraves‘ faceplant because she was on the drugs‽‽
Was she scolding HERSELF when she yelled, “I didn’t say fuc*in yee”‽‽
GET ROBERT MUELLER ON THIS!
Actually don’t because he’d just be like, “There’s lots of evidence but can we ever really know? No and here’s 4,978 pages why not.”
We may never know for sure, but regardless, people were endlessly entertained, and there was certainly no lack of love for the country queen.
— Sabrina ???? (@sabrinarene12) April 13, 2019
not a supporter of coachella at all but i can't stop watching that video of kacey musgraves saying "i didn't say fuckin yee" oh my GOD
— trin ||-// ∝ (@prollyanxious) April 13, 2019
— joseph ???? (@stussyjoseph) April 14, 2019
Kacey Musgraves just dominated the entire Coachella crowd in a game of Simon Says pic.twitter.com/zG5Z8W7kdA
— Nate Blogg (@BarstoolNate) April 13, 2019
watching kacey musgraves coachella set pic.twitter.com/c6akHcByBt
— joshua ???? (@euphoricnites) April 13, 2019
One thing is for sure, whether you faceplant your crowd interaction or not: when your performance becomes the subject of a meme it was an unequivocal success.
Yee haw, Kacey, you nailed it!