Over the weekend, former Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande took over the reins at Saturday Night Live, guest-hosting the acclaimed US sketch show/music extravaganza variety hour.
Now, Grande is a talented individual when it comes to her day job. Vocally, she’s in possession of both a four-octave and a semitone soprano vocal range – which, as you can imagine, makes for an incredibly wide-ranging voice – as well as being able to hit the whistle register, the highest possible level of the human voice, which is named, unsurprisingly, due to its resemblance to the high-pitched sound of a whistle. It makes for quite the arsenal of vocal ability, which, while not only aiding her own craft, has given Grande a side project of sorts: musical impressions.
Clearly, the SNL cast and crew had done their research on Grande prior to her hosting the show, as they called upon her remarkable singing ability to deliver a load of impersonations of other famous female vocalists from pop history for a skit that sent up Tidal, Jay-Z and Kanye’s streaming network of choice.
Depicting the rather rudimentary set-up of the streaming service’s HQ, the company is rocked by a power cut, causing outages on the streams of the likes of Britney Spears, Rihanna and Whitney Houston. Thankfully, Chloe, the wide-eyed intern played by Grande, is on hand to step in – and it’s here that Grande’s remarkable cache of musical impressions comes to the fore, with seamless vocal renditions of Spears’ ‘Baby One More Time’, Shakira’s ‘Whenever, Wherever,’ and Rihanna’s ‘Work’, as well as many more. Take a look at the scene below.
A collection of pretty spot-on impersonations, no? It certainly seems that, should Grande’s star ever fall, there’ll always be a place for her on a Las Vegas stage performing frighteningly-accurate karaoke classics for all eternity.
Oh, and it’s not the first time she’s whipped out said impressions – check out footage of the 22-year-old on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon from last September, with particular kudos going to her Christina Aguilera impression.