Ariana Grande Returns to the Stage After Doughnut Debacle, Calls USA the …

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ariana Grande escapes criminal charges for ‘malicious’ doughnut licking at California restaurant.

Near the end of her concert on Thursday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, Ariana Grande paused the pyrotechnic and choreographic wizardry on stage and addressed the sugar-powdered elephant ear in the room. “This past week hasn’t been the easiest,” she told the crowd, “and I just want to say how grateful I am for your love and support through it all.” That was all the screaming, kitty-eared crowd of 7,934 needed to hear.They were sticking if, of course, to the pop star who created a mini scandal when she apparently licked some donuts for sale at the shop that were later sold to unsuspecting customers.Police in Lake Elsinore, California, said in a statement Monday that the owner of Wolfee Donuts, where the licking took place, declined to press charges against Grande.

Like Grande herself, they were more than happy to keep the focus on the music during the second-leg kickoff to her Honeymoon Tour, and end her week beneath the harsh heat lamp of public scorn. In referring to the country’s obesity problem, she also said, “I hate America.” KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz reported from Patriot Donut Day and said some were ready to forgive and forget, but others wanted to make a (donut) hole lot of noise about it. “Ariana Grande is a donut so there.

They say their investigation was primarily to help the Department of Health, which lowered the restaurant’s grade from an “A” to a “B” for leaving the tray of doughnuts exposed. The whole debacle might be easier to dismiss if it wasn’t so on-brand for the 22-year-old Boca Raton native, who has a long reputation of bratty, controlling behavior.

In the second of her two YouTube apologies posted last week, the 22-year-old singer said she was “disgusted” with herself and wanted to “disappear” after TMZ posted the video. She stuck her foot in the mouth and she’s regretting it,” said Bob Enball who attended the game. “It was October 21st, 2010 when I was on foot patrol in Afghanistan. This Queen Bee persona too often overshadows Grande’s considerable raw talent – she has octaves of R&B range in her lungs, not to mention a softness, a vulnerability, that differentiates her from modern warrior-women Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. After a breakout 2014, this tour was meant to be Grande’s solo coming-out party, a chance to step out from the shadows of her countless A-list producers and collaborators and dance in the spotlight by herself.

On opener Bang Bang, Grande sang every word, even those by Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, as impeccably choreographed columns of pyro plumed up around the palatial stage. All night, Grande floated on and off stage in spectacularly divalike fashion, blowing kisses from a gondola of clouds on Be My Baby and descending from a sparkling chandelier on Right There. And while fans of Madonna and Chaka Khan might chafe at the idea of Grande edging her way into their iconic strata, she did raise Amalie’s energy with a snappy mash-up of I’m Every Woman and Vogue.

Grande may not be every woman, but vogue she absolutely did, all night long, hips always thrust in saucy angles, ponytail swishing in her golden wake. Too often, the petite singer seemed swallowed by the spectacle, lost amid her stage’s multiple LED-walled tiers, to say nothing of her eight-piece band (including a string trio) and dance crew a dozen strong. Break Your Heart Right Back, for example, started out as a breezy summer swirl, but somewhere between the shimmering Nile Rodgers sample and the Childish Gambino cameo projected on the colossal rear screen, Grande’s airy voice was reduced to an unharnessed warble. It won’t be long before Donutgate is forgotten, replaced by Grande’s next embarrassing scandal – yes, there probably will be another – and she can refocus on her pop career instead of rehabbing her image.

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