Best Hopeless Romantic: Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris' Coachella-ending performance was a series of hands-in-the-air EDM cool-outs where the recorded voices of singers like Ellie Goulding ("I Need Your Love"), Florence Welch ("Sweet Nothing") and Ayah Marar ("Thinking About You") sang pretty platitudes about love and togetherness between hard and heavy barrages of electro house. Basically, it was epic feel-good stuff made for raving, transmitted from mid-air, center stage, where the Scottish DJ was just a wee silhouette atop an LED boomerang, surrounded on all sides by racing images of mechanized wormholes and squiggly lines. Though, in a shift from joy and romance, Big Sean, in neon palm tree shirt, did stop by to cleanly execute a pair of spiteful breakup anthems, "Open Wide" and "IDFWU." English soul howler John Newman closed the set with a fierce rendition of "Blame," but it was the night's biggest guest, Rihanna, who best encapsulated Harris' theme with their ode to hopeless romanticism, "We Found Love." And not for nothing, RiRi outdid Sean's outfit with fringe and sequin-spangled USA jacket. When she spread her arms, she looked like an eagle, and the starry-eyed audience swooned all over again.