Ariana Grande’s big Saturday Night Live event aired tonight. This wasn’t Grande’s first appearance, but it was the first time hosting for Ariana, and given that she also performed as a musical guest, her Saturday Night Live success is doubled. Ms. Grande outperformed herself, throwing herself into the sketches as much as her musical numbers, but perhaps it was her ability to poke fun at herself and show that she can point her sense of humor at herself that endeared Ariana Grande to Saturday Night Live audiences most of all.
Ariana Grande Is Virtually A One Woman Show On Saturday Night Live
Ms. Grande started out her SNL appearance with the usual monologue, but, in this case, Grande used her talent for crooning to take a satirical look at herself and other contemporary pop artists. In song, the Saturday Night Live host pondered what her next scandal might be, asking what might get her the most attention and propel her from Nickelodeon sensation to adult celebrity.
“Maybe diet pills will scramble my brain,” Ariana sang. “Maybe I’ll have a love child with Drake or 2 Chainz… What will my scandal be?”
Later, Ms. Grande headlined a skit, featuring all of the women of Saturday Night Live singing “This is Not a Feminist Song”. The lyrics of the song, which the men of SNL later joined in singing, expressed that the women decided not to write a feminist song after all.
“We’re just women singing a song,” the group crooned.
Interestingly, Ariana’s new album, Dangerous Woman, does have a feminist theme, as reported earlier by the singer herself. Once again, this sketch featuring Grande proves the singer is humble enough to look inwardly, which is something very few are able to do and still maintain a sense of humor.
Grande also aimed her sense of humor at the Tidal music platform in a sketch that had her playing in the role of Chloe the Intern. As Chloe in this Saturday Night Live sketch, Grande helped out the crew during station malfunctions by performing imitations of Britney Spears, Rihanna, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Shakira.
Ariana Grande Speaks Out In Support Of Kesha
She may be able to take a joke, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t issues Ariana doesn’t take seriously. Recently, Grande came forward to speak in support of Kesha, who she says she worked with awhile ago. The “Dangerous Woman” singer said she loves Kesha and supports her unconditionally.
Ariana Grande adds her voice to that of other female performing artists, such as Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Lady Gaga to name a few. The recording industry is coming together in support of Kesha, who finds herself caught up in a legal quagmire, following her allegations that her music producer, Dr. Luke, drugged and raped her.
“The incredible double standard that we [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world, it’s shocking,” said 22-year-old Grande. “I would be so amused, and pardon me if this comes across as sexist, but I don’t think a male artist would be in this position right now.”
In response to her public support of Kesha, Ariana was asked if she felt concerned that she was inviting troubles upon herself from music industry executives. Ms. Grande said nothing would keep her from speaking her mind and that she would always speak out publicly in support of other female artists and women in general. The “Dangerous Woman” singer added that she was willing to “take the brunt for fighting for what I believe in.”
The first single off of Ariana’s Dangerous Woman LP, also titled “Dangerous Woman,” was released on Thursday. Although there is yet to be an announcement regarding the release of the album, Grande has said it’s available for pre-order, so the release can’t be too far off.
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