Best Multi-Tasker: Azealia Banks
Though steadily getting more headlines for her Twitter vitriol than her music, Azealia Banks' performance at Coachella was one of the festival's most versatile and dazzling. Surrounded by two funky backup dancers and her band, 1500 or Nothing, Banks rapped, sang and danced like an amalgam of Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson and Lil Kim. With a weathered American flag backdrop, she opened with "Idle Delilah," the opening song from last year's Broke With Expensive Taste. As soon as the first strains started blaring, tattooed girls in backpacks and short black skirts started leaping in the air and sprinting towards the stage. Banks is blithely unconcerned with public reception and her music is effortless. She can croon deep house hooks like she studied under Robin S. When she wants to rap, she's one of the rawest around — spitting ferocious double-time bars that curve and dip, bending around slippery experimental beats as though it were almost too easy. If dance music and rap are the most popular genres at the festival, no one merges them more seamlessly. She was pop, hip-hop, house and R&B rolled into one Yung Rapunxel.