Noteworthy Moments From Ariana Grande's Billboard Woman Of The Year Interview

December 5, 2018

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Ariana Grande is Billboard's Woman of the Year, a title she greatly deserves.

Today, Billboard released the fascinating interview with the "Thank U, Next" songstress and it features some amazing moments. It's been an overwhelming year for Ariana, but she has powered through and risen above it all. 

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Be sure to read the entire interview beacuse it's a fascinating read. For a snapshot, below are some quotes from the article that demonstrate why Ariana Grande is an icon!

  • “When I felt myself saying, ‘’Cause her name is Ari,’ I knew it was a special line, but part of me was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s kind of corny,’...But the other part of me was like, ‘That’s beautiful and I need to keep it in.’ I know that once I put something into a song, then it’s real.”
  • "She had the talent: the four-octave range and effortless vocal agility that led Gloria Estefan, after hearing the 8-year-old Grande sing “My Heart Will Go On” at a cruise-ship karaoke night, to tell her she was gifted."
  • "The singer has no regrets. 'I got myself to a place where I would be able to do things like drop a surprise record and have it be the biggest single I’ve ever had.'"
  • "The blessing, for both the singer and her fans, is the music. 'I guess there’s not much I’m afraid of anymore,' she says, her normally silky voice tightening. 'When life tries you with such serious s*** so many times, your priorities change. I don’t give a s***. I just want to be happy and healthy -- one day -- and make music."
  • “'I’ve politely walked out of sessions before,' says Grande. 'It has happened. I’m a small girl. People tend to underestimate that. And then I sit down and comp my own vocals and can produce my own session, and they’re like' -- here she adopts an excellent impersonation of a dopey man -- 'Oh, I didn’t know you could do that.’ I’m like, ‘Believe it or not, there are plenty of tiny women that can do this.'"
  • “'I would just love to see a chart with as many women on top as men,' she says. 'It’s just so male-dominated. It’s so easy for them.'"
  • "'I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't. We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this s***. It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to f****** talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’"
  • '"I don’t want to do what people tell me to do, I don’t want to conform to the pop star agenda. I want to do it on my own terms from now on. If I want to tour two albums at once, I’m going to tour two albums at once. If I want to drop a third album while I’m on tour [in 2019>, I’ll do that too! '" 
  • "'I don’t think I’ve ever consumed more alcohol than I have in the past month,' jokes Grande, cheered by their presence. 'I am champagne. You know how people say we’re 60 percent water? I’m 60 percent pink Veuve Clicquot."
  • [On the new album> "The music is defiant -- deep, bass-driven bangers with trap beats alternating with airy, sad ballads -- and aesthetically more adventurous than anything she has ever released."
  • "She goes to her phone and presses “play,” and a party-ready twist on My Favorite Things” booms out of the speakers." EXCUSE ME ARIANA?!