When Woodstock 50 announced its lineup on Tuesday night (March 19), it was received with mixed feelings. With artists like The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey and Cage the Elephant listed as headliners for the three-day festival there truly is something for everyone, which is exactly what co-creator Michael Lang was going for; however, the multi-generational, eclectic lineup struck a nerve with some purists who believe Woodstock should be exclusively for rock acts.
A couple days after the announcement, Halsey took to Twitter to address the backlash and show her appreciation for being part of the 50th anniversary celebration. "The Woodstock lineup seems to be a bit divisive," she wrote. "but I am very honored to be included in a lineup of artists who all appear to be constantly influencing culture or representing social activism. Using their voices. That’s Woodstock to me I’m honored and I can’t wait!"
Woodstock 50 is slated to go down August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, which is about three hours from the original 1969 site. Check out Halsey's positive tweets, as well as some of the backlash, below.
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