*Photo from 901 Music's coverage of Ariana's set at 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango in 2016. Credit: @NathanArmstrong
If anyone wants to argue over who had the best Valentine, I’m prepared to win. Ariana Grande put on a show on a little Vday in Nashville, and when I say little, I mean a huge, glamorous, Ariana Grande show at the Bridgestone Arena.
We’ve been some crazy lucky people having seen Ariana perform a few times this past year at various events. The first time I saw her live, I literally couldn’t look away. She was incredible from her high notes to her ponytail. So I thought that I was prepared for what I was going to see on this particular Valentine’s night, but I quickly realized that I was mistaken. This show and that stage were all hers, and she had us all in a valentine’s hypnosis until the encore.
The Dangerous Woman tour was filled with all the favorites, including a reenactment of the music video for “Side to Side”, where they were literally working out on stage, bikes, pull ups, all of it. She covered all of her chart-topping collaborations as well, which is always a fun mix up to a single artist performance. Strutting in multiple-inch heel, knee high boots (how?), she sang “Love Me Harder”, “Break Free”, and “Into You”, among many others.
It was a performance that embraced every aspect of good live entertainment, from the choreography they made seem so easy, to the outfits and the sets, and of course, the most impressive set of pipes as the star of the show. Ariana’s stage was incredible; instead of having any type of dramatic set up like you might expect, she had a clean white stage with a curtain of tassels running the length of the stage from left to right. No big screens, but instead a projection of video that played on the tassel curtain backdrop. Chic.
She’s really an amazing performer to watch, and after about five minutes in the audience you realize that she’s really got it all as an artist. She may be the tiniest little Italian gal you’ve ever seen, but she can dance anyone off the stage and she has more power in her voice than most artists I have ever heard. In fact, I love the title of her album and tour “Dangerous Woman”, because she’s totally embracing her capability as an artist. Not to get political, but girl power is in these days, and Ari sure does represent.
Thanks for being our Valentine Ariana, we sure love ya!