When it comes to powerhouse vocalists, there’s no denying that Ariana Grande packs quite the punch.
The singer has been riding high since the release of her debut solo album, Yours Truly, but despite her past successes, it’s clear that 2016 was her year.
From jaw dropping vocal performances to stellar television appearances, the “Dangerous Woman” singer has provided us with a multitude of standout moments that prove she’s having one of her best years ever. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of four amazing reasons that prove Ariana Grande is totally having the best year ever.
1. She took her music to the next level with Dangerous Woman.
Grande released her third studio album in May of 2016 and blew us all away with her new and mature sound. Dangerous Woman was the perfect blend of pop with an R&B twist, and it’s clear that that’s exactly what Grande was hoping for when she was creating it in the studio.
In an in interview discussing the album back in March with On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Grande said, “This album is definitely the next step for me. It still sounds like me, but it fells like a more mature, evolved version.”
2. She pulled off one of her most iconic performances to date at the 2016 Video Music Awards.
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj made us all want to get to the gym and break a sweat when they hit the VMA’s stage equipped with stationary bicycles, weights and more. Whether you absolutely loved it, or you were completely confused with the motif, it’s safe to say that their “Side To Side” performance is one for the books!
3. She proved she’s got what it takes to host SNL.
Hosting Saturday Night Live is no easy feat, but Grande handled her hosting and performing duties like a seasoned pro!
While her performance of “Dangerous Woman” went off without a hitch, it’s safe to say it was Grande’s impressions that had everyone talking the next day! During the show, the singer pulled off amazing impersonations of Rihanna, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and more during a sketch which found her playing Chloe the Tidal intern.
4. She was the perfect Penny Pingleton in NBC’s Hairspray Live.
When it comes to NBC’s production of Hairspray live, it’s clear that no one was more excited to be part of the ensemble cast than Ariana Grande. The singer was over the moon when it was announced that she’d be taking on the role of Penny in the production, a role she’d always wanted to play.
On top of pulling off a stellar performance as Tracy Turnblad’s bestie, Grande also held her own in an amazing duet with Jennifer Hudson on the big day that we’ll definitely be listening to over and over again for years to come.
Ariana Grande is nominated for Favorite Movie at People’s Choice Awards 2017 alongside Adele, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and Rihanna. Tune in to the show on Wednesday, Jan. 18 on CBS to find out which movie wins!