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Coachella 2019 officially came to a close on Sunday, and the final day of the annual music festival did not disappoint. 

Headliner Ariana Grande was joined by Justin Bieber for a surprise performance, which marked his first public stage appearance in nearly two years. But something else happened during Ari's set that has got everybody talking. According to BuzzFeed, an unidentified person threw an actual, physical lemon at Grande during her performance.

It didn't take long for the news of lemongate to spread, with many people wondering whether the lemon throwing was somehow in reference to Beyoncé and her earth-shattering Homecoming performance at last year's Coachella. 

Ariana Grande just wrapped up her two-weekend run at Coachella.

She was the headliner at this year's music festival. She's also in the middle of her Sweetener world tour, which means the 25-year-old singer has had quite a bit on her plate these days. In fact, she recently told a fan that having such a demanding performance schedule can take its toll

She had some, shall we say, tough shoes to fill.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably well aware of the fact that Beyoncé stopped the world (again) when Homecoming premiered on Netflix last week. The film chronicles the creation and evolution of her groundbreaking headlining performance at Coachella last year.

The release of Homecoming led to comparisons between Bey's and Ari's Coachella performances.

Naturally, the artists' respective stans defended their faves unapologetically. Some, however, tried to bridge the gap and encouraged people to avoid comparing the two women.

"I love both Beyoncé and Ariana Grande but don't you EVER compare the two," one person said on Twitter. "They are both successful, talented, and strong women that have gone through a lot to be where they are. Don't shame one or the other solely based on one largely anticipated performance."

Rumors swirled that Grande had been paid more for her performance.

However, those rumors were quickly shut down, and it was revealed that both women were paid $8 million for their respective performances. Apparently, they each received $4 million for each headlining set (remember, Coachella takes place over two weekends, so they're getting paid to put on two separate shows).

But that didn't seem to make things much better because someone threw a literal lemon at Ari during her final Coachella performance.

One fan who goes by Kayleigh on Twitter shared a clip of the whole incident going down and, well, it's pretty intense. In the video, we see one of the dancers getting onstage in front of Grande. And just as Ari herself walks onto the stage, a bright yellow lemon comes flying toward her out of nowhere.

Here's a still from the video where you can see the lemon more clearly.

Generally speaking, fans expressed their sympathy toward Ari for having to deal with an incident like that. Some called the whole thing "childish" and directed their anger at the mystery culprit, telling them to "grow up." Let's just say that whoever threw that lemon better hope Grande's fans never find out their identity.

Another clip captured Ari's reaction to the lemon.

The video offers up a big picture view of the Coachella stage. As Ari prepares to sing the next song, she can be heard saying, "What the f*ck?" under her breath. She then explained why she reacted that way: "That’s 'cause one of y’all threw a lemon at me. Sh*t." I mean, it's probably fair to say that most people would have responded in a similar fashion.

Of course, a member of the Beyhive became the prime suspect.

Considering Beyoncé's relationship to all things lemon and lemonade, Twitter quickly narrowed down the list of suspects to include anyone and everyone who's a card-carrying member of the Beyhive. When you think about it, it's really the only logical conclusion you can arrive at. 

Some Bey stans defended Ari's honor.

"Whoever threw that lemon at Ariana grande is excommunicated from the church of Beyoncé," one fan wrote on Twitter. "PERIODT." 

Someone else commented: "Why did someone throw a lemon at Ariana Grande while she was performing at Coachella yesterday?? Like I get you love Beyoncé but still stop comparing artists to each other."

But at the end of the day, Ari doesn't seem too fazed by the whole thing.

She hasn't made any comments about lemongate just yet, though she has posted some new photos from her last Coachella performance. Maybe she's taking Bey's advice and choosing to make, ahem, lemonade out of the whole situation? Whatever the case, props to Ari for handling all of this like a pro.