On March 14th, Ariana Grande’s performance of Needy was aired on the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. She also won two awards, which are Artist of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year for Thank U, Next. Check it out below!
On January 14th, it was announced that Ariana Grande will be headlining Lollapalooza 2019! Check out the exclusive Variety press below
Among those who are so F—ing grateful to Ariana Grande right now: the nation’s festival bookers, who, facing a shortage of contemporary rock heavyweights, are increasingly looking to pop superstars as headliner. Multiple sources tell Variety that Grande has been booked for Lollapalooza, set to take place in Chicago’s Grant Park August 1-4, on top of her already announced slot at Coachella in April.
The Lollapalooza lineup isn’t traditionally announced until the third week of March, so any official confirmation of Grande’s appearance as a headliner for one of the four evenings may be weeks or even months away.
Lest anyone suspect that Lollapalooza is merely borrowing a cue from Coachella in securing Grande as headliner, sources tell Variety that her booking at the Chicago festival has been in the works for several months. Discussions about it also took place much earlier than they did for the California fest, where published reports indicated that her camp got the official invite only days before the lineup was announced, as a replacement for Kanye West, whose staging demands grew too great. So if anything, Coachella may have been following Lollapalooza’s lead in realizing that Grande makes a perfectly suitable choice for a festival that’s no longer strictly tied to its alt-rock roots in 2019.
Grande enjoys a level of critical cred that a lot of her superstar pop contemporaries don’t, thanks to gushing reviews for her recent album “Sweetener,” above and beyond the fact that the post-album single “thank u, next” has been the ubiquitous signature musical event of the last six months.
While the Lollapalooza development hasn’t been officially announced, some other festival-related Grande news did go public Monday. Her camp officially announced that she is rescheduling some dates on her arena tour as a result of the sudden Coachella booking.
Gigs that were previously scheduled to take place in eight cities in April have now been rescheduled for June and July, while two other cities have been canceled outright. Omaha and Raleigh are the unlikely locales where fans have to take refunds in lieu of a postponement. Meanwhile, the rescheduled dates involve Chicago (now June 4-5 — and not to be confused with Lollapalooza, obviously), Indianapolis (June 29), Columbus (July 1), Milwaukee (July 5), St. Louis (July 6), St. Paul (July 8), Denver (July 11) and Salt Lake City (July 13).
One previously unscheduled city has been added to her routing: a May 11 concert in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. (Grande had been scheduled to play a single gig at a small theater in Las Vegas two nights before New Year’s Eve, but canceled that one-off show, citing illness.)
The postponements now leave a nine-day window open before the first of Grande’s two Coachella shows. It’s a significant enough gap in her touring to allow for speculation about whether Grande plans to go beyond her standard tour set and put on a more ambitious Coachella performance — presumably one not involving a giant dome in the middle of the festival grounds.
The tour picks up as planned after Coachella, though — including holding onto three L.A. shows in early May, just two weeks after the second weekend of Coachella, which would seem to indicate the festival is fine with making an exception for Grande to the radius-clause rule disallowing any other area concerts closely preceding or following the festival.
The tour is still set to begin March 18 in Albany. This will be Grande’s third arena tour. Her previous two tours grossed $67 million and $42 million, in 2017 and 2015, respectively, according to Pollstar.
A press release about the rescheduled dates says the July 13 date is now the “wrap” of her North American tour, previously scheduled to conclude June 26. But sources are adamant about the August asterisk.
On January 2nd near midnight, the performers for Coachella have been announced for this year. Ariana Grande will be the main performer for the weekends of April 13th and 21st! Check out the full poster!
This year, Coachella will be held over back-to-back weekends April 12-14 and April 19-21 and tickets are sold out.
The teasing started when indie disco pop artist Cola Boyy from Oxnard, California, was confirmed for the Sonora Stage on Sunday and Trinidadian calypsonian Calypso Rose was announced for the Gobi Stage on Friday, sharing music videos with the news.
Passes are on sale Friday at 11am PT/2pm ET.
Check out the bill in full below.
On December 6th, as Ariana Grande took the stage to accept the Woman of the Year award at this year’s Billboard Women In Music event, the 25-year-old singer followed up a sassy performance of “thank u, next” with a very Ariana-like quip: “Thank you so much for coming to my Quinceañera, I appreciate it.” Though it wasn’t Grande’s actual birthday, the rest of her speech served as sincere proof of the night’s biggest honor — whether she felt worthy of it or not.
After admitting that she felt “completely undeserving” of the Woman of the Year title, Grande went on to thank her team in a rather nervous fashion, suggesting that she’d forget everything she wanted to say because she was overwhelmed. But then something clicked as she began talking about the incredible year she’s had as an artist.
“I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life,” Grande said. “A lot of people would look at someone in my position right now as an artist that could be at her peak and think, ‘She’s really got her shit together, she’s really on it. She’s got it all.’ And I do, but as far as my personal life goes, I really have no idea what the fuck I’m doing.”
She laughed off her comment, but quickly followed up with a message of hope for her fans: “It’s been a very conflicting one, and I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you’re not alone in that.”
In true Ariana fashion, she quickly pulled it together and even threw in a silly remark (“I’m not going to cry, that’s really annoying,” she joked). Continuing her encouraging and heartfelt sentiment, she added, “I’m really looking forward to embracing whatever happens and whatever comes my way.”
As she wrapped up her speech, Grande shouted out her best friends Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx, with whom she made her highly anticipated (and teased) sweetener follow-up album. Even through the emotional moments and raw vulnerability, Grande held true to her “thank u, next” attitude as she welcomed what’s to come.
“I look forward to hopefully learning to give some of the love and forgiveness that I’ve given away so frivolously and easily to men in the past to myself, hopefully, this year,” she declared. “I have everything I’ve ever dreamt of having, and as of late I’ve discovered that it’s the things I’ve always had and the people I’ve always had that still make me the happiest.”
On November 7th, Ariana Grande more than delivered during her elaborate Thank U, Next performance on The Ellen Show Wednesday. She also performed her 3rd single from Sweetener, breathin. She didn’t pull the idea for her fancy white setup out of the sky, though; rather, the stage, choreography and theme were inspired by a scene from the 1996 cult comedy The First Wives Club.
Starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, The First Wives Club followed three divorced women out to get revenge on their husbands for leaving them for younger women. Grande’s Ellen display was drawn from the scene in which the trio broke out into “You Don’t Own Me,” which was originally sung by Lesley Gore in 1963 (and more recently popularized by Grace and G-Eazy in 2015).
Midler, Hawn and Keaton’s characters did dramatic arm-swinging dance moves while dressed in all white at a wedding reception. Grande — a longtime fan of the movie — mirrored this scene, doing her own moves beside two ladies against a set complete with flowers and cake.
During the middle of the song, Hawn jumped onto a chair at the reception — and since she almost stumbled after getting down, Billboard‘s 2018 Woman of the Year did the same.
The women in both videos concluded their musical numbers by throwing on their jackets and making the same gliding strides as they walked away.
On November 1, the BBC special Ariana Grande at the BBC has aired. The show was pre-recorded during the time Ariana was visiting the UK. She talked about her album Sweetener, and performed many songs from the album, as well as her hit songs from her previous albums.
Check out the photos and videos below!
In the interview, she even talked about her anxiety problems. “You have ups and downs and sometimes you spend weeks at a time when you will be raging and there will be no anxiety. Then something will happen that can trigger and you will have some bad days, “he explained.
About the sonority of the album “Sweetener”, she said: “I think it represented a change, since I do not like to hear the same thing always. I do not think I created something totally new, but for me it’s a new flavor. With that I got to know myself better, my music grew, so did fans, so everything changed together, “he explained.
Check out the full program:
No Tears Left To Cry
Goodnight n Go
God Is a Woman
Love Me Harder
One Last Time
On October 29th, A Very Wicked Halloween aired on NBC, which is a special show celebrating the 15 years of the musical Wicked. She sang “The Wizard and I”, receiving praise from the audience and critics. The show was pre recorded back on October 16th. Check out the photos and watch the performance below!
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) October 30, 2018
Update: Ariana was unfortunately forced to pull out of the show just hours before due to emotional reasons. Here’s what Scooter Braun said addressing the situation.
“And you saw your invite, someone I’m very close to was supposed to come sing for you today, and because of things that she’s going through, she couldn’t be here today.”
He concluded, “And while I was frustrated, being the manager, my wife, being who she always is, just looked at me and she goes, ‘She needs this time.'”
On November 5th, nonprofit group Fuck Cancer has announced the celebrity lineup for the inaugural Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala, which will take place at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles on Oct. 13. Pop star Ariana Grande and Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth are set to perform at the event, as well as comedian Jeff Garlin and surprise guests.
This isn’t the first time Grande and Chenoweth are supporting a cancer-fighting cause, being that the disease has affected both their lives. Grande’s aunt and grandfather, and Chenoweth’s mother and aunts, have all experienced the damaging effects of cancer.
The organization, which endeavors to ensure patients and their families have the support they need, will use funds raised at the gala for programs created to provide resources and reduce cancer.
On September 5th, Ariana Grande went to perform at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge in London. Along with performing God Is A Woman and R.E.M., she performed a cover of Them Changes by Thundercat. Check out the performances below!
On August 22nd, Ariana Grande had an interview with Good Morning America. She also performed an acoustic version of God Is A Woman! Ariana talks about her newest album Sweetener, her engagement with Pete Davidson, and how she plans on going on tour in the beginning of next year.
Check out the videos below!
On August 20th, Ariana Grande attended and performed at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards! She sang God Is A Woman with 47 dancers, as she brought up her cousin, her nonna, and her mother, Joan.
Ariana walked the pink carpet with her fiance, Pete Davidson. During the night, she won Best Pop Video for No Tears Left To Cry. This is her 2nd time winning this award, making her the 2nd most awarded in that category, right behind Britney Spears with 3 awards.
Check out the photos and videos below!
— MTV (@MTV) August 21, 2018
Accepting Best Pop Video
— MTV (@MTV) August 21, 2018