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Ariana Grande is done with being a child star.
In her Saturday Night Live monologue on March 12, she performed a musical number in which she wondered what her scandal may be in order to push her career to the next level from Nickelodeon star to grown-up artist. “I’m ready to be caught in a real adult scandal.”
Even Kenan Thompson was behind her plan, telling her “I’ve been on this show for 13 years and people still ask me twice a week, ‘Where’s Kel?'” “Maybe diet pills will scramble my brain,” she sang, “maybe I’ll have a love child with Drake or 2 Chainz … What will my scandal be?”
A faux Hillary Clinton ad for millennials also aired after the monologue with Kate McKinnon doing her impression of Clinton slowly turning into Bernie Sanders to pander to younger voters. “I, Hillary Clinton, share all of your exact same beliefs.”
As she spoke to the voters in her ad, she slowly began adding more “one percent” and Wall Street-related phrases and anything else she thought might appeal to Sanders’ voters.
“I’m whoever you want me to be and I approve this message,” she promised, ending the ad, “I’m trying here, guys.”
And in “This Is Not a Feminist Song,” Grande joined the women of the SNL cast for an anthem, but the song features lyrics about how they decided not to write an anthem after all because “this is pretty nuanced stuff and putting it all in one song is tough.”
“We’re just women singing a song,” they insisted, with male feminists joining in the non-anthem. “This is not a feminist song, so technically it can’t be wrong.”
In a sketch about music platform Tidal, Grande played “Chloe the Intern” who had to jump in to help the crew when certain stations went down, performing spot-on imitations of famous singers including Britney Spears, Rihanna, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Shakira.
Adding to her impressions portfolio, Grande imitated Jennifer Lawrence on Family Feud, where actors had to take on directors.
Steve Harvey (Kenan Thompson) introduced the actors: Tilda Swinton, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Lawrence, who told him, “They told me not to do a game show but I was like ‘screw it, I can have fun, I’m a regular person.'”
“You know, you say you’re a regular person more than any regular person I know,” Harvey replied.
Coinciding with her SNL hosting gig, Grande just dropped the title track from her third album, Dangerous Woman, on Thursday night. The week before, the singer started selling merchandise at a branded website for the album.
The March 19 episode will welcome Chris Hemsworth as host and Chance the Rapper as musical guest, with Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage as the April 2 episode’s host with musical guest Gwen Stefani.
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