Ariana Grande Showed Up to the Grammys and Shut Down the Red Carpet with Not One, but Two (!) Looks

Starr Bowenbank

From Cosmopolitan

  • Ariana Grande just hit the Grammys red carpet and looks STUNNING.

  • The last time Ari attended the Grammys was back in 2016.

Arianators, this is it--the moment that you all have been waiting (with bated breath) for. Queen of pop, Ariana Grande, has finally made her return to the Grammy Awards after two years worth of absences. I completely understand that sh*t happens and that Ariana has been busy with touring, dropping albums, and not to mention slaying us with her undeniable talent, but it has been far too long. The Recording Academy fans need her!

Anyway, Ariana showed up in head-to-toe glam, wearing a stunning floor-length dress by Giambattista Valli, shiny gloves, and ~classy~ jewelry for some glitz. Her signature sky-high ponytail finished off the look, because let's be real--Ari hardly goes anywhere without it. Prepare to obsess over the look in 3, 2, 1:

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But wait--there's MORE! Because one look was simply not enough, Ari legit took off part of her dress only to unveil a second look! Totes unsure if this was hiding underneath her first dress, but part two consisted of a satin and crystal encrusted crop-top and gathered skirt combo by Schiaparelli. Good move on Ari's part, because dress one looked heavy AF!

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Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

The last time that Ariana attended the Grammys was back in 2016. Ari didn't take home any awards that night, but she did look amazing in her red Romona Keveža gown, which kinda made her look like the salsa dancing emoji girl. 💃 Ari could've went to the Grammys in 2017, but she was busy on her Dangerous Woman tour like the total overachiever that she is.

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2019 was arguably the biggest year for Ariana to attend the Grammys--she won Best Pop Vocal Album for her critically acclaimed record, Sweetener (2018), and was nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category for "God Is a Woman." But again, Ari chose not to attend.


According to Variety, Ariana chose to intentionally skip the 2019 Grammy Awards because she reportedly felt "insulted" after the show's producers prevented her from performing "7 Rings." Ariana and the producers reached a compromise, where "7 Rings" would be part of a medley of her songs. When the producers wanted to dictate what Ariana's second song choice should be, she pulled out of the performance and skipped the show altogether.

Grammy producer Ken Elrich went on the record with The Associated Press and said that Ariana pulled out of the performance because she "felt it was too late to pull something together." Ari took to Twitter to explain that the narrative he was trying to create was entirely false.

I mean....at least Ari showed her fans the beautiful Zac Posen dress that she was going to wear, had she attended!

Welp, now that last year's drama is water under the bridge, Ari is about to have a hell of a night since she's up for five awards. "7 Rings" is nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, while thank u, next is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Even "Boyfriend," her song with Social House, managed to snag a nomination in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category--can't wait to see what she sweeps!

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