Ariana Grande invited to perform at Aretha Franklin’s funeral

On August 28th, it was announced that Ariana Grande will be among the performers who will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at her funeral Friday.

Grande will be among entertainers Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more. Franklin’s rep, Gwendolyn Quinn, says Franklin met Grande when the two performed at the White House in 2014 for then President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of the “Women of Soul” concert. Quinn says Franklin enjoyed meeting Grande at the time. Franklin’s family was moved by Grande’s performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” after Franklin’s Aug. 16 death.

Grande performed the song with The Roots on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Besides performers, speakers include former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

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Ariana Grande pulls out of Manchester tribute at the 2018 BRIT Awards

On February 21st, it was announced that Ariana Grande has pulled out of her performance at the 2018 BRIT Awards after doctors told her she was too ill to fly to Britain.

The 24-year-old singer was due to pay tribute to the 22 people killed at her concert in Manchester last year but has now been replaced by Liam Gallagher with just hours to spare.

Despite wanting to perform anyway, doctors have insisted she is not up to it, the BRITs chief executive has confirmed.

BRITs boss Geoff Taylor told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘We think it’s really important to recognise that terrible atrocity and the impact on so many lives so I can confirm we did have Ariana Grande lined up to make a performance tonight.

‘Unfortunately she was not able to travel on doctor’s orders, she’s not well, and I can say that there will be something tonight, I can’t say any more than that but people should tune in and watch. And hopefully it will be a fitting remembrance and recognition of what happened, which was so terrible.’

Insiders also told the Mirror she was ‘ordered by doctors not to fly’, saying: ‘It was utter chaos when the call came in that Ariana couldn’t do it. ‘It’s a race against time to get someone to do what is very much the centrepiece of the entire show.’

Following the news, the newspaper revealed: ‘Liam has saved the day by stepping in at the last minute. It’s a perfect choice. It’s going to be the moment of the evening.’

Miss Grande was believed to have been lined up for the top spot, with sources stating: ‘It will be the biggest talking point of the night. The whole industry wants to come together to pay their respects to the victims.

‘The effects of that terrible night resonated far and wide in the music industry and it’s only right everyone comes together to pay their respects.’

He could be singing Live Forever, which he sang with Coldplay’s Chris Martin at the Manchester One Love concert, according to reports.

The Mirror’s Tom Bryant took to Twitter to reveal: ‘BREAKING: Ariana Grande ‘ordered by her doctor not to fly’ after falling ill at the last minute before the BRITs.

‘A source close to the star exclusively tells the Mirror: ‘Ariana fell ill and was going to come in spite of that, but was ordered by her doctor to not fly.’

Liam Gallagher has not always been on good terms with BRIT bosses, launching a furious tirade after they rejected his initial request to perform at tonight’s ceremony. The Oasis frontman, 45, who famously swore, dropped his microphone and gave his award to the crowd during his acceptance speech at the Brits in 2010, labelled show bosses ‘too scared’ to have him among the line-up.

But the tragedy of the incident that devastated his home city appears to have changed his attitude.

Source: DailyMail.co.uk

Ariana Grande pays tribute to Whitney Houston on Greatest Hits finale

On August 4th, Ariana Grande paid tribute to Whitney Houston on the live finale of “Greatest Hits” with cover versions of “How Will I Know” and “Queen of the Night.” Watch the singer’s performance in the video below!


Ariana Grande to perform Whitney Houston tribute on Greatest Hits finale

ABC’s live “Greatest Hits” finale will air on August 4th. On July 18th, ABC confirmed two powerhouse vocalists for the episode.

Ariana Grande will perform a Whitney Houston tribute on the live, two-hour finale. Celine Dion will meanwhile perform her own iconic hit “My Heart Will Go On” (from Montreal).

Hosted by Arsenio Hall and Kelsea Ballerini, the live “Greatest Hits” finale will also find “some of the most iconic and thrilling music artists of the 80s, 90s and 2000s performing their greatest hits.”

Whereas the regular, taped editions of “Greatest Hits” each focus on a six-year stretch, the finale will celebrate music from the complete 1980-2005 window.

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Ariana Grande & Lady Gaga to perform at Frank Sinatra tribute by GRAMMYs

Ariana Grande has been announced to perform at a special concert alongside other prominent artists on December 6th at 9 PM EST.

Next month, just a few days shy of what would have been legendary crooner Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, the likes of Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga will gather to pay tribute at Sinatra 100: an All-Star Grammy Concert,  according to PEOPLE. Carrie Underwood, Adam Levine, Celine Dion, John Legend and Alicia Keys are also slated to appear.

“I’ve been singing Frank Sinatra songs in my shows for many years,” Dion told the site. “His voice has been such an inspiration for me, and it will always be.”

“Nobody could juggle a drink, a conversation, and a perfect vocal as casually as Frank,” Levine added. “That’s why I love him.”

Sinatra, who was born in 1915, sold 150 million albums and won nine Grammys before his death in 1998, and was considered a pioneer of jazz and pop standards. “Let’s Fall in Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” are some of his most memorable hits.

The concert will be taped on December 2nd at the Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theatre and air December 6th at 9 PM EST on CBS.

Last time Ariana performed at a GRAMMY concert, it was a tribute payed to the amazing Stevie Wonder.

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