Pop superstar Ariana Grande will bring her second headlining tour to Xcel Energy Center March 1 to St. Paul, Minnesota. This stop will mark the third performance of The Honeymoon Tour which has already covered Mississippi, Wisconsin and now Minnesota. Grande, 21, born Ariana Grande-Butera in Boca Raton Florida, got her start on Broadway and soon tried out for the part of Kat Valentine opposite Victoria Justice on an up and coming series on the Nickelodeon network called “Victorious,” when she was 13. Later the show would be canceled and a spin off show would be created called “Sam and Kat” on the same network.
Grande’s singing career began when she sang on the soundtrack for “Victorious” and she uploaded videos of herself singing Adele, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. This caught the attention of a friend of Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman, who forwarded links of her singing to the record executive and the rest is history. Grande would take 3 years to produce her debut album, “Yours Truly” which would span the hits, “The Way”, “Baby I” and “Right There.” Grande’s vocals have been compared to that of pop diva Mariah Carey having the similar Light-Lyric Soprano (4 octaves and a semitone) Grande has said “I mean, it’s a huge compliment, but when you hear my entire album, (Yours Truly) you’ll see that Mariah’s sound is much different than mine.” But she considers it a huge compliment and blessing to be compared to her though however.
Grande would go on to release My Everything which would break even more records for the up and coming female artist, establishing her permanent mark on the music industry. “My Everything” would produce the hits, “Problem” with Iggy Azalea, “Break Free” with Zedd, and “Love Me Harder” with the Weeknd. Grande would also collaborate with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J on the single “Bang, Bang” which would hit No. 3 on Billboard. Grande is set to have a reoccurring guest star role on the upcoming Fox comedy-horror series, “Scream Queens,” featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and Lea Michele.
Grande is on the road for the North American leg with the British group Rixton, known for their hit “Me and My Broken Heart.”
Grande has not had a very safe beginning for her tour unfortunately. On Thursday while being hoisted up on a metal wooden platform during “Love Me Harder” the wood cracked and broke, almost sending Grande headfirst into the metal workings below. The singer was able to grab on to the platform, while holding her mic and managed to lift herself onto the stage without missing a beat. Grande referred to the incident as “The time I almost died during “Love Me Harder.” (but actually this time)” as she wrote on Twitter. In a YouTube video she explains that the mechanical lift she was to enter the stage on malfunctioned, saying, “You need to know what happened during ‘Love Me Harder.’ First of all, I almost died. I’m supposed to be going up in my lift – in this wooden thing – this wooden thing breaks and I’m like…I’m about to be crunched by mechanical metal s**t and by wood and stuff…”
She demonstrates in the video how she was able to hold on and pull herself out of harm’s way. In her guitar tech’s words Ariana was “dangling” from the lift and he helped her, noting that she is “badass” for climbing out and going on with the show.
Hopefully nothing like this happens at the Saint Paul Minnesota show and that platforms stay solid and are able to carry the petite singer from point to point. Very limited tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.