Ariana Grande joins Fernando and Greg to talk about her new single with Iggy Azalea, her performance at The White House, and even speaks out about her co-star Jennette McCurdy’s racy photo scandal! Check out the full interview here! Transcript below.
Fernando: On the phone with us, big day for Ariana Grande. New single that dropped today, called “Problem” with Iggy Azalea. Ariana good morning!
Grande: Hi Fernando and Greg! My chair just like fell a little bit, I got scared.
Greg: That happens to me all the time. Crappy chairs in here.
Fernando: I hear you only got two hours of sleep last night.
Grande: I did, but I don’t feel like I only got two hours of sleep. I feel good.
Greg: What were you doing?
Grande: I was with my crew. We were like dancing around the kitchen, like living our lives to the fullest, having the most fun. We were having the best time.
Greg: I love how you say that. I was with my crew. But unfortunately, I don’t have one.
Fernando: What were you dancing to last night, the new single?
Grande: Well actually we were dancing to some Madonna, some Chris Brown, some of my album, some 90s stuff, it was fun!
Fernando: What did you do, invite a DJ over to the house?
Grande: No, just we all have good ipods.
Greg: Some 90s stuff? So what you were like 8 when that stuff came out?
Grande: Ha, well yeah, but I was aware enough to appreciate it.
Greg: What music did you listen to as a kid? I know you have a lot of influences like Madonna, like Katy Perry, and like of course Mariah Carey…
Grande: Well when I was little it was funny, because my mom always got mad at me for listening to her too much. Like I was so inappropriate when I was a little girl. As like a seven-year-old, Missy Elliott was like it for me. I was obsessed. But I was so young, I didn’t even know what she was saying, you know?
Greg: I just had a whole conversation with a guy at the gym about Missy Elliott, like how flashy she was back in the day, with those overalls and like now where is she?
Grande: I don’t know but I miss her.
Greg: Can you like call her up and do a collaboration with her, like bring her back?
Grande: That would be everything. That I’d be down for.
Fernando: Ariana, If you could bring Missy back and do a duet with Mariah, you could do like this crazy 90s throwback.
Fernando. I’m totally for this. Let’s do this.
Greg: You were at the White House recently. People were questioning whether where your pants were.
Grande: Oh, I was wearing a sweater.
Greg: I said she looks fine, why are people concerned if she has pants on or not?
Grande: It was a sweater dress. It’s the 60s.
Greg: Did you get to meet President Obama?
Grande: I got to meet him the month before actually. I got to sing at the Women of Soul Concert. It was an honor, it was very exciting. But I sang like a foot in front of him. Like, oh I’m having a heart attack right now, but gotta get through this song and get home.
Fernando: Were you nervous? Like some of these people there—Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, divas…
Grande: Crazy. It was like screaming divas for two straight hours. It was like the best and worst day of my life. Just kidding, it was the best day ever. It was incredible. I was just so shocked to be included in that category of women. I was so honored.
Greg: I thought it was funny that you were so excited to meet Jim Carrey.
Fernando: Yeah, what was he even doing there?
Grande: Everybody is asking me that. He was singing his songs with his daughter.
Greg: But what was so great about meeting him?
Grande: Well I’ve loved him since I was a little girl so it was special to me. It was built up for many years. My first screenname was JimCarreyFan42, so that’s mortifying.
Fernando and Greg: Whooooaaaa ahahaha.
Grande: Yep, yep. When AIM was a thing. Another 90s moment.
Fernando: Yeah, you’re like a total hardcore fan.
Greg: So that’s awesome then.
Fernando: They always say you should meet your heroes. He wasn’t a disappointment was he?
Grande: Definitely not. He was very kind and humble and human and down-to-Earth and just wonderful.
Greg: He didn’t make any of those weird faces did he?
Grande: No, he was smiling the most genuine, warming smile. It was perfect.
Fernando: I’m seeing Ariana that it’s already number 1 in like 30 countries.
Grande: Ya! I guess it just went to number 1 in Australia too so I think we’re at 31.
Greg: It’s like election day for a politician for an artist. Like you’re getting stats like “we’re number 1 here, we’re number 1 there…”
Grande: Totally like that except I’m not going to be president.
Greg: Well I know you’re gonna be president of the radio station because I know we’re gonna be banging it a lot.
Grande: Hey!! Thank you!
Fernando: We’ve already played it once this morning and the reaction is through the roof.
Grande: Yay, oh really? That makes me so happy, I’m excited.
Fernando: This is gonna be fantastic. So how do you celebrate when you go #1 in 31 countries?
Grande: Oh my God, I wanna do some more dancing in my kitchen. I did some dancing, so that’s the ticket.
Greg: I was gonna say, on two hours of sleep I don’t know how you can celebrate, but you’re young, you’re still young.
Grande: Well this is everything. There’s no time to sleep at a time like this. I’m just enjoying every second.
Greg: Can you tell Fernando that? There’s no time to sleep when…
Fernando. Ha ha ha.
Grande: Fernando,there’s no time to sleep at a time like this.
Fernando: A nap is really good Ariana, you should think about it. [It makes it so] you can continue on later.
Grande: A nap is sensible but like sleep for hours but like sleep at a time like this—there’s no option.
Greg: I wanted to ask you after “The Way” came out and you debuted your single, a lot of people compared you to Mariah Carey. Was that a lot of pressure or was that just kind of like ‘Yeah bitches that’s who I am.’
Grande: It was a huge compliment! Obviously it’s a huge compliment. Like if I have to be compared to anyone she’s the greatest vocalist. I can’t even believe that people would say that about me.
Fernando: Have you met her yet?
Grande: No I haven’t!
Greg: You’ve met the president but not Mariah Carey.
Fernando: Real quick, is “Sam & Cat” coming back for another season?
Grande: We don’t know anything about it. You know, I’m grateful for the fans who have supported from the beginning but it’s out of my hands at this point. As soon as I know something I’ll let my fans know.
Greg: Give it to the girl for keepin her clothes on, not showing those pictures anymore.
Grande: What did you say?
Greg: Tell that to the other girl to not be sending those pictures out to those guys anymore.
Grande: It was hot, who cares.
Fernando & Greg: Hahahaha
Grande: When I saw those pictures come out it was on like Perez or something and it was so funny, I could have been so shocked but I was literally like, WOOOORKK, OK.
Greg: Man the generations have changed!
Grande: She had her panties and her underwear on and her bra on, it’s not like it was nude, it was tasteful.
Greg: It was very tasteful.
Fernando: It’s just not a big deal anymore.
Grande: She looked good.
Greg: Since you said that it’s inspired me, I’m gonna get my nudies out there.
Grande: Hey, I mean, come on, if you look like that you gotta make light of it.