Saturday 19 August 2017

5 times Ariana Grande proved she’s a bona fide superstar

Ariana Grande plays Dublin's 3Arena on Friday

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
Singer Ariana Grande arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Singer Ariana Grande attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Singer Ariana Grande arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

As pop princess Ariana Grande hits the 3Arena tomorrow night with her Dangerous Woman tour we take a look at five ways she's proved she's a superstar...

Nikelodeon no more...

Grande (24) played Cat Valentine in Victorious from 2009 to 2013 but once the show wrapped, she launched her solo career with her debut album Yours Truly hitting number one on the Billboard 200.  She has successfully shed her tween persona since then with her second album My Everything and now her third, Dangerous Woman. 

She's a multi-platinum selling artist, has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and is currently traversing 18 cities on her Dangerous Woman tour.

 

Pop smarts

She knows a smart collaboration is everything these days and she has racked up a consistent stream of tracks with Macy Gray, Big Sean, Iggy Azalea, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Childish Gambino and The Weeknd since 2013.  She also provided guest vocals for Jessie J and Nicki Minaj's track Bang Bang, which went to number one in the UK.

 

THAT voice...

She's been compared to Celine Dion and Mariah Carey - her voice is THAT good.  And this video in which she takes on Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing will give you shivers down your spine.  She makes it sound effortless. Whitney would undoubtedly approve...

The song originally featured on the soundtrack album for The Bodyguard, in which Whitney starred and was written by songwriter David Foster and his wife of the time Linda Thompson.  Foster accompanies Grande in the video.

Also, the song was released in 1993, the year the young singer was born.

 

Who else could fill Celine Dion's boots?

Further proving the breadth of her talent she was chosen to perform a new version of the Beauty and the Beast song with US singer/songwriter John Legend for the live action remake of Disney's classic 1991 animated feature.

The original was recorded by Celine Dion and Paebo Bryson and won best original song Academy Award for composier Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman.

 

She takes down misogynists

In 2015 she wrote about an encounter with a male fan which left her feeling "sick and objectified".  She said she felt degraded by his misogynistic comments when he met her out with her boyfriend Mac Miller.

She spoke out because "we need to talk about these moments openly because they are harmful and they live on inside of us as shame".

She said she "felt really quiet and hurt" following comments by the fan and said she felt these are the "kinds of moment that contribute to women's sense of fear and inadequacy".

She continued: "I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure. I'm an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect."

Ariana ended her note saying:"We need to share and be vocal when something makes us feel uncomfortable because if we don't, it will just continue. We are not objects or prizes. We are QUEENS."

And here she is taking a male radio interviewer to task over his line of questioning:

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