Ariana Grande American Music Awards Performance Earns High Praise

    November 25, 2013
    Shana Norris
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Ariana Grande might have been the woman of the night at the 2013 American Music Awards last night.

Grande followed One Direction onto stage at the Nokia Theatre Sunday night to perform selections from her Yours Truly album. She started with a very short a cappella taste of “Baby I” then led immediately into “Tattooed Heart.” The performance was stripped down and minimalist, effectively showcasing Grande’s extraordinary voice.

The performance earned her enthusiastic praise from the audience, including standing ovations from Lady Gaga and Ciara.

Grande’s dress garnered nearly as much attention as her performance itself. The simple, curve-hugging strapless red sequined Dolce and Gabbana gown earned a few Jessica Rabbit references.


Grande topped off her night by nabbing the coveted New Artist of the Year Award. Other nominees for the award included Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Phillip Phillips.

She pulled her acceptance speech out of her bodice, explaining that her mother had written the script: “My mom made me this thing and I have it in here so that I don’t forget anybody.”


Grande gushed to fans on Twitter:

Grande’s fans celebrated with her via Twitter, and are rallying around the performer now in hopes that she’ll win the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist.

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  • http://aol nomdefaitour

    With 2 shows on one of the children’s TV networks she has a massive tween fan base that will make up for any deficiencies in her voice (and there are deficiencies). She’s incredibly cute, but I hope she sticks to acting because her singing grates on my ear.

    • Mikey D

      Your clearly didn’t listen to the performance last night or have heard any of her other songs. Her vocals are almost identical to Mariah Carey accept sounds a little bit younger. If Ariana cant sing then Mariah cant either. Gigantic Troll.

  • Jess B

    I’m a 61 year old white male that loves all kinds of music. Ariana’s performance was the best I have seen since music had true soul. I hope she breaks away from all these other female singers that all sound alike.

  • Brenda C.

    She sang “The Way” Not “Baby I”
    And I thought her performance was flawless.
    Can’t wait to see more of her!