After being introduced by the award show’s hosts, Ciara and Ludacris, Grande took the stage with nothing but a mic and a keyboard. The 22-year-old singer started off with the title track off of her latest album, Dangerous Woman. Instead of the original ballad though, the singer remixed it and went for an electronic version with synths. But before audiences could settle in for Grande’s famous note belting, she switched it up.
The performance picked up as Grande performed another track off of her latest album. Grande jumped up from the keyboard, picked up the mic and strutted around the stage as her back-up dancers piled in for an energetic performance of “Into You.”
While Grande performed a few two-steps, she got the crowd hype — including the viewers at home.
“@ArianaGrandekilled it!!! She always hits the high notes effortlessly,” tweeted one heart-eyed fan. Another tweet declared that Grande “slayed” the performance. We agree.
Grande is up for a few awards this year including Top Female Artist and Top Social Media Artist. She’s also slated to headline the Billboard Hot 100 Festival in August alongside Calvin Harris, J Cole, Fetty Wap and more.
Check out what people have to say about Ariana Grande’s performance below.
— Angelo Vivo (@AngeloVivoMusic) May 23, 2016
— merary (@bethshightops) May 23, 2016
— Queen Mel (@BLVCKMATTERS) May 23, 2016
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2016
— Malu Clari (@maluclari) May 23, 2016
Ariana Grande, carrying Mariah Carey's legacy of knowing damn well that she can't dance but still hitting that choreography anyway. Go girl.
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) May 23, 2016