Normally, I don’t muster up a whole lot of interest when it comes to celebrity couples. In fact, I often feel like the the last person to know about whatever the modern equivalents of a Brangelina or a Kimye are, at least for someone otherwise pretty wired into the entertainment world.
So at some point within the last few months I was shocked to learn the goofy-but-funny Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” and pop superstar Ariana Grande not only were together but were ENGAGED. I didn’t know much about the 25-year-old Grande other than she’s a big deal in a part of the music scene that interests me very little, but I never would have guessed at that pairing.
And then, more recently, I found myself feeling a little bummed at the news the couple had split. Maybe because I root for the underdog, I find myself feeling badly for Davidson, who briefly addressed the the breakup over the weekend on “SNL.”
Anyway, not long after the news of the split broke, Grande announced a huge tour — one that will bring her to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on March 28.
Tickets already are on sale for the first leg of “The Sweetener World Tour,” of which the show at The Q is a part.
Grande’s single, “No Tears Left to Cry,” debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 88 countries worldwide and set the table for her fourth full-length studio album, “Sweetener.”
Here’s some more about Grande from a news release from concert promoter Live Nation:
With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 25 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman, Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).
Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album last year, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.
Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).
Get info and tickets from this page from The Q.
And let’s wish nothing but the best Petriana. (Wait, were we not doing that?)
Stream of the week: Somehow it slipped through the cracks, but one of my faves, City and Colour, released a live album a few weeks ago. Dallas Green (who’s name is, follow me here, a city and a color) makes clear as he chats with the audiences that the big tour of his home country of Canada was in response to Donald J. Trump being elected U.S. president — so if that may a deal breaker for you, understand that going in. But, as the album, “Guide Me Back Home” illustrates, Green is a real talent, one whom I’ve seen perform several times. The highlight of this batch of songs, pulled from various tour stops, is a cover of the late Elliott Smith’s “Twilight” — one of my favorite of Smith’s tunes.
Mark Meszoros drove to Buffalo in 2014 to see City and Colour perform hours after LeBron James had announced he would return to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. When Dallas Green asked if anyone in attendance was a Cavs fan, Meszoros yelled wildly and obnoxiously. And, to this day, he regrets nothing. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo credit: The Associated Press.