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Ariana Grande concert review

by Emma Hopson and Alanna Jurich

Ariana Grande wowed crowds on her Dangerous Woman Tour when she performed in San Jose at the SAP center on March 27. The show began with 2 openers, Victoria Monet, a newly emerging force in pop music, and Little Mix, a British girl band who is making their debut in the US. Both were impressive in their own ways with strong vocals and choreographed dance routines.

After about a 20 minute intermission, Ariana came out with her crew of 10 male back-up dancers and a full band. Dressed in thigh-high boots and an oversized bomber jacket she opened with her R&B hit “Be Alright”. It’s clear that her persona has drastically changed from a cute Nickelodeon star on “Victorious” to a sultry pop diva.

Grande performed every song on her album “Dangerous Woman”, as well as past hits from her last album “My Everything”. For most of her set, the stage was clean and white with a “T” shaped cat walk and a screen behind her. She transformed the stage into a gym for “Side to Side” to mimic the spin class vibe of the video, and impressively enough, managed to sing live while riding a bike.

“She played all my favorite slaps and her outfits were bomb,” said Sophie Hopson, senior.

Undeniably the star of the show was Grande’s vocals, which were stunning and soulful, especially in “Leave Me Lonely”, and her encore performance of “Dangerous Woman”. Even with a track playing behind her, her live vocals were shockingly similar to her recorded album, which showcased her stunning vocal abilities.

“I was so impressed with her energy on stage and how she still managed to sound amazing while dancing through her songs,” said Eileen Faury, senior.

During a costume change, Ariana ran a video highlighting female empowerment and the sexualization of women, which relayed an important message to her audience of predominantly young women.

Her performance was no doubt exciting and impressive, with frequent costume changes, background visuals and back up dancers which kept the show engaging and enjoyable.

Grade: A