Professional bb Ariana Grande graced us with her presence at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night (April 10), and she took us back in time. Literally. The pop star gave a Marilyn Monroe-inspired performance of her slinky new single "Dangerous Woman" that delivered copious old Hollywood feels. Is it 1956 or 2016? I'm confused, and Ari is responsible.
Jokes aside, Grande killed the number. Clad in a floor-length pink gown and white fur--we're guessing faux--Ms. Grande sauntered past old-school paparazzi, grabbed the throwback microphone and let her pipes go to work. Broadway heavy-hitter Jason Robert Brown assisted Grande on the piano, augmenting the black-and-white aesthetic beautifully. Come through, Bette Davis! Come TF through.
The rednition reminded us of Madonna's 1991 Academy Awards performance of "Sooner or Later." Madge channeled Monroe in a similar dress and shawl and delivered some of her best live vocals ever. Grande is a known Madonna stan; in a way, this Movie Awards performance was also a tribute to the Material Girl. So many divas, so little time.
Grande, we're on the floor. Productivity will prove impossible today.