Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Ariana Grande sings with a full all-female orchestra for BBC One special and it’s unbelievably incredible

Ariana Grande sang with a full all-female orchestra for her BBC One special, ‘Ariana Grande At The BBC’, and now she wants to take them on tour.

(C) BBC / Kieran McCarron
(C) BBC / Kieran McCarron

The multi-award winning, Grammy-nominated American singer, TV and film actress, Ariana Grande, exclusively performed new material from her recent album ‘Sweetener’, this evening on BBC One.

Ariana also performed some of her biggest hits, accompanied by an all-female orchestra.

‘Ariana Grande At The BBC’ was recorded live in front of a studio audience – The hour-long special saw Ariana talk to Davina McCall about her music, life and career to date.

When asked by Davina what it was like singing with a full orchestra, Ariana said: “It’s such a dream come true, strings are like my favourite thing in the whole entire world. They’re all ladies, and that’s awesome too.

“It brings a whole new life to the music, I love it! It’s so dope.”

Ariana added: “The whole arrangements are beautiful.

“When I came to rehearsals [for this special], I was like ‘I’m going to pass out’. This is so much better. I’m spoilt, I can’t go back.”

(C) BBC / Kieran McCarron
(C) BBC / Kieran McCarron

“Me on tour with an 80-piece orchestra, can you imagine? It’s super fun, I’m very grateful.”

Ariana performed a range of hits on her BBC Special, they included ‘No Tears Left To Cry’, ‘Dangerous Woman’, ‘Breathin’, ‘Goodnight n Go’, ‘R.E.M’, ‘Only 1’, ‘God is a Woman’, and a mashup of ‘Love Me Harder’ and ‘One Last Time’.

Speaking about her latest album ‘Sweetener’, Ariana said: “I started it in 2016 when I was on the Dangerous Woman tour,

“There were a handful of songs that didn’t make the album, there have been many different versions of it, and now I think… When you know, you know. It hits you, and you know it’s the perfect balance.”

The multi-award winning singer also touched on her anxiety: “Everybody has off days, makes mistakes or says dumb things. If I’m going to be a role model, the last thing I should be is perfect.

“As long as I’m honest and genuine and share with my fans my truest-self, that’s the best I can do. That’s allowing them to do the same thing.”

(C) BBC / Kieran McCarron
(C) BBC / Kieran McCarron

Ariana continued: “I haven’t learnt to cope with my anxiety, it’s such an unpredictable thing. You have ups and downs and sometimes you’ll go for weeks at a time where you’ll be crushing it, and then something will happen to trigger it. Then you’ll have a couple of down days.

“The most important thing to remember is, everyone has it. Talk to your loved ones, reach out to people, especially your friends. There are so many people who feel that way so it’s really comforting to reach out, not be afraid and talk about it.

“It feels so silly because I feel like the most blessed girl in the world. I almost feel guilty that I have it. It’s in your head and it’s crazy how powerful it is, no matter how good things are… It’ll change everything.

“It takes hard work, practise, therapy and self-care [to overcome it] followed by so much love.”

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