Ariana Grande 'Tidal' Sketch On 'SNL' Mocked For Copying Bruno Mars' 'Pandora' Sketch

Jonathan Franks

Singer Ariana Grande added a new item to her growing list of career accomplishments this weekend: hosting Saturday Night Live.

— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) March 13, 2016

Even though Ariana Grande crossed into a new chapter with her career during the live broadcast of the popular NBC sketch comedy show, she apparently rode the coattails of another singer that did the same thing himself.

— VH1 (@VH1) March 13, 2016

Chloe (played by Ariana Grande) was asked to take the microphone and perform several songs airing on the affected channels, buying the crew enough time to restore operations and get those channels back up and running again.

As seen in the clip, this allowed Ariana Grande to show off her versatile singing chops and overall range while performing such songs as:

However, the core concept of the "Tidal" sketch featuring Ariana struck a chord with Saturday Night Live fans and critics in a different way primarily because it was not very original at all.

Over three years ago, during an October, 2012, episode of Saturday Night Live, Bruno Mars took the stage as a first-time celebrity guest host and musical act combo as well. One of his most memorable sketches, Bruno Mars starred as an intern working at Pandora Radio, another popular streaming music service.

Like the Ariana Grande "Tidal" sketch, the "Pandora" sketch with Bruno Mars was based on a series of technical difficulties that prevented multiple channels from streaming properly. Bruno Mars' character was asked to step in at the last minute and perform a number of hits from other popular acts to bridge the gap while the Pandora crew worked hard to restore operations.

The similarities between the Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars sketches were apparently not overlooked on Twitter. A number of people targeted and mocked the "Tidal" sketch for its lack of originality.

— Shannon (@SN_Dub) March 13, 2016

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— Nam Le (@AGuyNamedNam) March 13, 2016

— John deHaas (@TheJohnBdeHaas) March 13, 2016

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