Ariana Grande vs. Christina Aguilera: Whose Musical Impressions Are Better?

16 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ariana Grande’s Impressions of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Celine Dion Are Dead On.

Love or hate Ariana Grande, no one can deny that former Nickelodeon princess turned potentially unpatriotic donut-licking rapscallion has the vocal chops to back up her meteoric rise to mainstream stardom.

Appearing on The Tonight Show last night, Grande and host Jimmy Fallon played the Wheel of Musical Impressions, during which the singer effortlessly nailed the vocal stylings of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Celine Dion. Grande’s first challenge is Britney Spears interpreting “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and she nails every nuance of the vocalist’s odd style, rendering the nursery rhyme unintelligible. Grande channels Christina Aguilera for “The Wheels on the Bus,” showing off her impressive vocal range and nodding to the Voice coach’s diva-like growls. Fallon draws from his Saturday Night Live past for his Sting impression: the Roots launch into a Police-like groove, as the host explores the singer’s reggae phrasings on the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” But the show-stopper is Grande’s take on Celine Dion’s “Can’t Feel My Face” – from the spot-on French-Canadian accent to the overhyped onstage crowd banter.

Past highlights include Maroon 5’s Adam Levine channeling Frank Sinatra’s suave croon and Eddie Vedder’s grunge howl; Christina Aguilera’s hilarious version of Shakira; and Jamie Foxx’s soulful John Legend take on the Toys R Us jingle. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Grande—like Spears, Aguilera, and Miley Cyrus before her—got her start on kids television, and it looks like those years on Victorious and Sam & Cat paid off. Grande, her singing chops, and her comedic knack will graduate to more grown-up TV next week when the bloody horror comedy Scream Queens premieres Tuesday, September 22 on Fox.

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