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Concert Reviews:
Ariana Grande pours on the Sweetener at Little Caesars Arena

By Ilana Wolf
Special to Media News Group

Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2019

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DETROIT -- Declaring this year "one of the best years of my career," Ariana Grande used her show on Friday, April 5, at Little Caesars Arena to prove she is nowhere near close to ending this high in her career.

As winner of Billboard magazine's 2018 Woman of the Year award, the 25-year-old pop and fashion sensation fittingly opened her Sweetener World Tour stop with her hit "God is a Woman." She rose from a platform underneath the main stage, seated at a table along with 10 dancers. Grande held her own, showing that her dancing abilities are almost as impressive as her singing.

Though only five feet tall, Grande's stage presence was as powerful as her voice, helped by sky-high stiletto boots that were part of each of the five outfits she wore during the show -- though her signature high ponytail remained a constant throughout the concert.

Famous for her extremely public relationshps -- including with Detroit rapper Big Sean, the late Mac Miller and Pete Davidson -- Grande optend not to make mention of any of them, instead allowing fans to fully focus on her music and performance. She did, however, perform "Right There" from her 2013 debut album "Yours Truly," which features Big Sean. Mostly, however, Grande primarily stuck to songs from her most recent two albums, last year's "Sweetener" and the new "Thank U, Next," along with favorites from her first three releases such as "Side to Side," "Dangerous Woman," "Break Free," "One Last Time" and into you.

Grande certainly seemed to sing as well in concert as she has on her album -- if not better. Even while dancing at the same level as her backup crew, the vocals never strayed from flawless. Her energy and talent made for an exceptionally entertaining concert that left the Little Caesars crowd saying not only "thank you" but ready for whatever comes next.

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