We all know Ariana Grande can sing the pants off any song. (Her enunciation may need some work, but that’s another story.) However, she’s even better at doing impressions. Like, they’re seriously so spot-on.
From Britney Spears’ nasally come-ons to Celine Dion’s signature notes, there isn’t an impersonation Grande can’t do. Even though Grande doesn’t do as many impressions anymore — according to a 2014 interview, it’s because they’re “really bad” for her voice — we will always have these nine throwback videos to remind us of her #skillz.
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We’ll forgive Grande for flubbing the lyrics (It’s “caught in the middle,” bb) because this Spears mimic is perfect. Grande nails the head cold/cough syrup realness that is BritBrit’s voice and 100 percent commits to her delivery. Fingers crossed for a duet between these two goddesses.
Close your eyes, and we guarantee you’ll think you’re listening to Dion. This might be Grande’s most uncanny impression of all time.
In 2013, Perry gave Grande props for having the “best female vocal in pop music today,” so we’re sure she approves of this impersonation. Perry makes an interesting crackling noise when she hits high notes, and Grande flawlessly captures it like it’s her damn job. It’s like she’s from a whole other world (eh?!).
She may not get the words quite right, but Grande nails the essence of Shakira’s one-of-a-kind voice.
The “Love Me Harder” singer can do an amazing Dorothy Gale, but her cover of Garland singing “Dear Mr. Gable” is just as great. Are we sensing a Wizard of Oz reboot in her future? We’re not worthy.
Grande was a fan of Jessie before she collaborated with her and Nicki Minaj on 2014’s “Bang Bang.” This impression proves that. (The Jessie cover ends around the 23-second mark.) If the “Burnin’ Up” singer ever needs a substitute, she knows who to call.
Paulette Bonafonté (Legally Blonde)
Around the 11:01 mark, Grande gives her most surprising impersonation to date: Paulette, the quirky manicurist from both Legally Blonde films (played by Jennifer Coolidge). We’re not questioning it.
If you haven’t seen Miranda Sings’ iconic videos, you haven’t lived. You also haven’t lived until you watch Grande hilariously cover Miranda’s “so awful, it’s hysterical” style. You’ll need nothing else today.
Rick Ross dancing
This might be ~*non-verbal*~, but it’s still pretty awesome. Her Rozay lean back is ridiculously on point.
And a crying/laughing baby.
An Oscar-worthy performance that breaks barriers and challenges everything you know about laughing, crying, and babies. It’s legendary. Pioneering, even. Lady A impersonating a crying baby is all of us.