The BBC have announced that Ariana Grande will be given her own one-hour special later this year, featuring an in-depth interview by Davina McCall and live performances of material from her new album ‘Sweetener’.
The as-yet-untitled show is filming on September 7, and will be broadcast on BBC One at an as-yet unspecified date later this year.
McCall said of the popstar: “Ariana Grande is such an incredible talent. She’s very funny and incredibly kind and has achieved so much already in her career. I’m really excited about talking to her and, of course, hearing some of her amazing music.”
Grande has appeared on the channel before. Her headline performance at the One Love benefit show in June , set up in the wake of the terrorist attack at the singer’s Manchester show the month before.
Yesterday (August 31), Grande performed live at the funeral of Aretha Franklin, performing a stunning cover of Franklin’s famous 1967 hit ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’
Earlier this month, Grande paid tribute to Franklin by performing the same song on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show with the Roots. Grande also reminisced on the show about the time she spent with Franklin, saying “It was an honour to have met her.”
In the wake of the funeral many criticised master of ceremonies, Bishop Charles Ellis for his treatment of Grande. He was accused of ‘groping’ the singer, and joked about her name sounding like “something at Taco Bell”.
He has since issued an apology: “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologise…I hug all the female artists and the male artists.”
“Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.”
Other tributes at the service included performances by Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight.