She's one of the globe's biggest international pop stars. And Ariana Grande proved why she's so popular as she descended on London's Wembley Arena to perform at BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards on Sunday afternoon. The 21-year-old singer wowed the crowd in a futuristic metallic corset and cat ears, as she belted out her number one hit single Problem.
The pop star's one-piece stage outfit included a draped chain-mail material around the waist, adding a shimmery effect to the ensemble. As she danced around energetically on stage while singing with her impressive vocals, the fluid movement only accentuated the performer's slim curves.
During her appearance, she was surrounded by a team of enthusiastic backing dancers. The star was one of several performers to hit the stage during the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, including British singer Labrinth, and X Factor starlet Ella Henderson. This year's BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards ceremony, hosted by DJ Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, was the seventh annual event, and saw a number of deserving winners amid a backdrop of high-profile celebrity guests.
In a new interview, the singer discussed how she grew up Catholic, but when her big brother Frankie (who was a contestant this past summer on Big Brother) came out, she was far from thrilled with the Church's response. "When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, ‘OK, that’s not cool,’” Grande recalled to The Independent. "They were building a Kabbalah center in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it."
Grande's love for her brother came up quite a bit in the interview -- it turns out he just may be the reason for her current career. "I adored and worshipped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool," she said. "He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, “OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals."
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Ariana Grande was a no-show at a scheduled appearance at a charity in New York because she was terrified of “catching Ebola,” Confidenti@l can exclusively report. The nonprofit charity Pencils of Promise threw its annual gala Wednesday night at Cipriani Wall St., with all proceeds providing education for kids in developing countries. Grande had originally been included on the list of celebrities slated to attend.
“Everybody got there and was waiting for her to arrive and she was also supposed to be a surprise musical guest,” one guest tells us. “No one was told she wasn’t coming, when I overheard organizers say she’s not coming, she doesn’t want to come. She’s afraid of flying because of Ebola.’” Organizers confirmed that the ponytailed pop star missed the event due to “a scheduling conflict.
Grande’s cancellation comes in the wake of an Ebola scare in Manhattan, after it was revealed Craig Spencer, a doctor who has the deadly disease, rode the subway, walked The High Line, went to a Brooklyn bowling alley, a music club and took an Uber from Williamsburg to Harlem. Spencer, 33, who works for Doctors Without Borders, had been treating Ebola patients in the West African country of Guinea and returned to New York on Oct. 17.
And while city officials tried to keep a lid on public hysteria -- Grande was freaking out that the deadly virus could spread to a charity event in lower Manhattan. It was not clear where Grande was on the night of the event, as she had no other scheduled appearances and didn’t update her Twitter or Instagram feeds the entire day.
The bratty diva’s manager Scooter Braun did attend the event, Instagramming a picture and captioning it: “#familytime.” It did not include Grande. But who needs her? The event raised over $2 million despite her absence. Meanwhile, Sophia Bush, an avid Pencils of Promise advocate, was also a no-show at the swanky gala. Bush, who has worked with the charity for years, left photographers waiting as they were told she was coming to walk the red carpet.
Does she think Cyrus is transitioning well from her teen career to the adult world? ‘Absolutely. She’s so authentic, and so unapologetic,’ she says of Cyrus, who has been open about her love of marijuana and who recently stepped out during New York Fashion Week in little more than nipple pasties. ‘It’s great. She’s so happy. That’s something to be celebrated. People get mad at her for being herself. But she’s happy. And they,’ she adds pointedly, ‘are probably not.’
An example? ‘Well, I posed in a cute outfit with some kitty ears on and with my middle finger flipped up and posted it on my fan page,’ she says. (Unlike a lot of pop stars, Grande takes personal responsibility for her social media accounts.) ‘And my fans were like, “YES GIRL! OK!” A lot of my fans have grown up with me. But at the same time, a lot of people were like, “She’s changing! What’s happened to you?” I’m like, “It’s just a pic, y’all. I’m still the same old me. I’m just posing in a cute way!” A lot of people go ape over one photo.’ She shrugs. ‘But it’s just a photo. I’m still the same person I’ve been since I was four years old. Literally. Obviously, I’m a mature adult. But I’m still the same girl. I’m still Ariana from Boca who loves musical theatre, who loves her family, who loves the beach, who loves animals.’
Ariana Grande grew up in the upwardly mobile Floridian coastal town Boca Raton. ‘I adored and worshipped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool,’ she says. Her half-brother is a seasoned Broadway performer who recently appeared on the US version of Big Brother. ‘He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, “OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals.” My friends and I were huge musical-theatre geeks and we would go back and forth to New York whenever we had free weekends.’
Grande joined the local Little Palm Family Theatre. Aged eight, she landed the title role in a production of Annie. ‘I was so young, and my mom didn’t want to leave me at the rehearsals alone,’ she says. ‘But you weren’t allowed to have your parents there unless they were in the show. So my mom auditioned, which was the funniest thing that’s ever happened in the history of the world! Because my mom is a CEO, she has her own companies, her own full schedule.’ Joan Grande runs Hose-McCann Communications, a company established by Grande’s maternal grandfather. ‘They design and manufacture the Marines’ communication equipment – like, [for] the Army and the Navy,’ Grande says proudly.
In retrospect, Grande can see that her enthusiasm for the stage was a response to family upheaval: her mother and father, Edward Butera, a successful graphic designer, broke up at about that time. Today, her mother lives close by in Beverly Hills but is committed to running her businesses. The management of her daughter’s career is left in the hands of Braun. ‘He’s like a stepdad,’ Grande says approvingly. Her father, meanwhile, is still in Florida. ‘I barely see him, but when I do it’s very pleasant. I love my dad.’ ‘That was very hard as a young girl when my parents got divorced,’ she says, her natural volubility dipping only slightly. ‘Being in the middle of it was so stressful. And of course being made up of both of them – I was like, “Hey, if they both dislike each other’s attributes so much, what am I to like about me? I’m made from these two people and I’m caught in the middle of all this fighting.” It was traumatic. Between the ages of eight and 11, that was the roughest for me.’
Was musical theatre her refuge? ‘Oh absolutely! Like, “Take me away from home.” I remember saying, “Mommy, I never want this to end.” I loved playing a character as it was sort of just taking a vacation from myself.’ At the age of 14, she was living in New York with her mother and her brother, having scored a role in a Broadway children’s musical called 13. When she was 15, they moved to LA, where Grande won a role in the chirpy sitcom Victorious. But she concedes that she found ‘straight’ acting, and the celebrity that went with it, far from wholly fulfilling. ‘I was adjusting to these new things – red carpets, and people wanting pictures with me, and people taking pictures of me when I didn’t know they were being taken,’ she says. ‘There was a lot of weird superficial nonsense that sprouted from it that I definitely wasn’t used to. It was very weird. I just really liked performing.’ When she was 17, her wish came true: she signed a record deal.
Did she expect her pre-school friends to arrive at the party with, say, shark fins on their back? ‘No, I expected them to just come ready to watch the movie, I guess. It was so funny – I ended up alone by the end of the party. All the parents were like [forced jollity], “We’re gonna go, but thank you so much…” ’ She insists that her mother wasn’t concerned by her infant daughter’s enthusiasms. ‘She was like, “Yeah, my kid is rad!” ’ In fact, Grande credits Joan with inspiring her dark tastes. ‘I’ve never seen her wear anything but black,’ she says. ‘She says it’s a part of who she is. A psychic she saw when she was younger told her that black was her colour. So she really decided to run with that one, I guess!’
Casper Smart? Gurl, for real? Jennifer Lopez’ ex-toyboy is the choreographer of Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder" music video. VEVO just unveiled this Tuesday morning (Oct. 28) exclusive “behind the scenes” footage from the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip that will be premiering in full “very soon”. Besides discovering new scenes from the much-anticipated video for the amazing Ariana Grande & The Weeknd collaboration off “My Everything”, we also get other new details like Casper Smart being the official choreographer. (SMH!).
During his relationship with J.Lo, we found out Casper was a dancer, that he had booked some interesting gigs during his dancing career and that most-likely after the two broke up Smart would be over. But here comes none other than Ariana Grande to save him from poverty. She and Hannah Lux hired him as the official choreographer for the "Love Me Harder" clip and he better have done a great job otherwise he will be over for good. Just curious though...I don't see any real "dancing" in the video so far. Eh?
Thanks to this newly-released BTS, we learn of new scenes from the "Love Me Harder" MV like one where Ariana has to lie down and embrace the touch of cold water on her skin. She’s a pro, though! Oh, and we also see her "Big Brother" star sibling Frankie on set helping out his sister with some fun energy!