Twenty-two-year-old Ariana Grande stole the show at Disney’s Christmas Day Parade on Friday when she performed “Zero to Hero” from Hercules for the first time ever live on stage at the Cinderella castle in Orlando, Florida.
Ariana’s outfit even fit the part. She wore a Minnie Mouse ensemble, mouse ears, and a full polka dot skirt.
“Zero to Hero” was originally recorded for Disney’s We Love Disney album, which was released back in October.
During her second appearance at Disney’s annual Christmas show, Ariana also gave the audience a sneak peek of her new single, “Focus.” The song is not from a 90s animated Disney musical, but it’s still a super fun song.
Disney’s Christmas special was filmed at the Florida theme park and aired on the morning of December 25. Other guests on the show included Jason Derulo, Tori Kelly, and Reba McEntire.
The focus this year for Disney Parks was not only to celebrate the joy of the holiday season but also to celebrate the unforgettable family moments it has helped guests create over the past 60 years.
Grande has been full of holiday spirit this year. She gifted her fans with a surprise six-track album, Christmas & Chill EP, that features several sexy holiday songs on December 17. The songs include new tracks like “Wit It This Christmas,” “True Love,” “December,” and “Not Just On Christmas.”
Ariana teased her fans about the EP with tweets that contained the song titles, the lyrics, and the EP name. Grande told them that she and her team had created it in just one week.
Ariana also sent her fans a Christmas message.
“I hope y’all had magical Christmases with your families and I love you.”
Along with her Christmas message to her fans, Ariana also shared a photo of her favorite gift this year: a caricature of her aunt, Judy Grande, who was the first female Italian-American president of the National Press Club. Ariana says her aunt is a “true feminist” and “my inspiration.”
Grande also took time out of her busy schedule this holiday season to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and she paid tribute to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo on Instagram.
Jonathan Ross was unhappy with Ariana Grande when she failed to show up for a live performance on his show. She did not show up at the studio on time, and Ross had to tell his audience that there would be no music and speculated the singer was “having her first Nando’s” instead.
Ariana did face some criticism for her performance on Twitter and YouTube, though. Some people blasted Ariana because they said she failed to deliver on the lyrics. In other words, they could not understand what she was singing.
Ariana got her start when she played Charlotte in Jason Robert Brown’s 13 The Musical in 2008. Since that time, she has become an unstoppable force in pop music. Some of her awards include two Grammy award nominations for My Everything and “Bang Bang,” a platinum-certified No. 1 album for My Everything, several chart-smashing singles, a Billboard Women in Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award, and a high-profile recurring role in a Fox television series.
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The song that really landed Grande at the top was her first full-length album, Yours Truly. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, Billboard Digital Albums Chart and iTunes Overall Albums Chart. The album also highlighted the pop smash hit, “The Way,” that features Mac Miller. “The Way” single went double-platinum, it hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Ariana was named Best New Artist at the American Music Awards in 2013 because of the success of that song.
In other news, aside from her new single, Ariana is reportedly set to return to the screen with Scream Queens.
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