Fans often compare Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey when it comes to their music style and vocal ability. Now the “One Last Time” singer is being compared to the likes of Christina Aguilera. Both of the petite powerhouse singers have a lot more in common than you may think.
Ariana Grande, 22, took to social media to write an empowering essay for many of her female fans. In a lengthy message she shared on Twitter, the singer quashed dating rumors and said that she doesn’t belong to any man. Grande also shared her views on feminism, relationships, dating, and casual sex.
Ariana started off her message by also putting those diva rumors to rest.
“Being ’empowered’… is not the same as being a ‘b***ch’…HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY… is not the same as HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE. What I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean’s ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present, or future PROPERTY / POSSESSION. I… do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.
“If a woman has a lot of sex (or any sex for that matter)… she’s a ‘s**t.’ If a man has sex…. HE’S. A. STUD. A BOSSSSSS. a KING… If a woman even TALKS about sex openly… she is shamed! But if a man talks or RAPS freely about all the women (or more commonly used ‘bitches’/’hoes’…how lovely) he’s had…he is regaled.”
Grande’s powerful feminist rant is giving fans some major Christina Aguilera vibes. The Voice coach was once vocal about her views on feminism back in her “Dirrty” days. Aguilera released the now iconic music video “Can’t Hold Us Down.” Some would say that Grande’s message echoes the lyrics of Aguilera’s song.
“If you look back in history/ It’s a common double standard of society. The guy gets all the glory the more he can score/ While the girl can do the same and yet you call her a w***e/ I don’t understand why it’s okay/ The guy can get away with it & the girl gets named.”
Back in 2002, Aguilera gave the details about her single.
“This is directed to any male who puts down a female for stating her mind. This is definitely to make women feel empowered to do and say what they want to.”
Just a few years later, Xtina spoke to Maxim magazine about the double standards in the music industry. Sounds familiar? Taylor Swift just opened up about the similar double standards she faced in the industry during her recent interview with Maxim magazine.
“Well, imagine if a woman released an album with the word sex in it, like Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. Instead of feeling liberated by it, she’d be labeled and called names. That’s not to say I wouldn’t do it.”
In her May interview with Maxim, Swift explained how her views on feminism changed.
“I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger…. feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace because it’s just basically another word for equality.”
Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera have a lot more in common than many fans think. Not only are both women petite and can sing, but they also have been dubbed as “divas” by the media due to think their outspoken personalities. Ariana and Christina also revealed their hidden talent on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The “Love Me Harder” singer made an appearance on March 20 when she showed off her Celine Dion impersonation. She even performed Dion’s signature chest thump when she belted out Dion’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” song.
Christina Aguilera also guest-starred on The Tonight Show when she impersonated the legendary pop star, Ms. Britney Spears. She also recently done spot-on impersonations of Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Cher, and Shakira during her hilarious segment on The Voice.
Ariana Grande has even been compared to Christina Aguilera during most of her Honeymoon Tour. As previously reported via the Inquisitr, the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette talked about how the singer’s powerful voice echoed Aguilera’s already legendary vocals.
“Her vocals were airy and echoey, matching the high-pitched screams from the young female fans. It was on ‘Tattooed Heart,’ a pretty doo-wop throwback, and on ballads ‘One Last Time’ and ‘My Everything’ that she was best able to show off her squeaky high vocal range. The wall of backup vocals were supplied by invisible people.”
Does that mean Grande will have her own “Dirrty” era? Not so fast, says the Chicago Tribune. The contributor thinks that Grande has a long ways to go to be compared to the openly sexual singer.
“Cautiously flirtatious and constantly smiling, the singer came across like a playful albeit safely removed collegiate cheerleader that winks at admirers but refrains from acting on temptations. She blended sweet charm with light sass, moving away from girl-next-door innocence yet keeping wholesomeness within clear view.”
Ariana Grande may show elements of Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, but she’s still her own person. It’ll be interesting to see what direction the singer’s musical career will go as she works on her next album.
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