Ariana Grande’s big week in the public eye continues. One day after the singer shared the first photos from her May 15 wedding to Dalton Gomez, Grande joined The Weeknd on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards to deliver the first live performance of their duet, “Save Your Tears.” The two opened the show with the song. From the vocals to their sweet hug at the end, the number was breathtaking.
Grande is nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Dance Song of the Year (“Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga) at tonight’s ceremony. The Weeknd is up for Song of the Year (“Blinding Lights”), Male Artist of the Year, Latin Pop/Reggaeton Song of the Year (“Hawái” (Remix) with Maluma), Best Lyrics (“Blinding Lights”), Best Music Video (“Blinding Lights”), and TikTok Bop of the Year (“Blinding Lights”).
Grande hasn’t given any big interviews yet this year but spoke to Vogue in 2019 about how she has always been drawn to music, even when she first starting acting on Nickelodeon’s Victorious. “I never really saw myself as an actress, but when I started talking about wanting to make R&B music at 14, they were like, ‘What the f*ck would you sing about? This is never going to work,’” she recalled. “‘You should audition for some TV shows and build yourself a platform and get yourself out there, because you’re funny and cute and you should do that until you’re old enough to make the music you want to make.’ So I did that. I booked that TV show, and then I was like, Okay, now can I make music?”
She added that her public image is an exaggerated version of herself: “I like having my funny character that I play, that feels like this exaggerated version of myself,” she said. “It protects me. But also I love disrupting it for the sake of my fans and making clear that I’m a person—because that’s something I enjoy fighting for. I can’t help disrupt it. I’m incredibly impulsive and passionate and emotional and just reckless. The music is very personal and very real, but yes, if you can be me for Halloween, if drag queens can dress up as me, then I’m a character. Go to your local drag bar, and you’ll see it. That’s, like, the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s better than winning a Grammy.”
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