The divas inspire Ariana.


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The Internet has pit Ari and Mariah Carey against each other for some time now. There’s no denying Ari’s vocal tone initially sounded eerily similar to Mimi’s on occasion. Add a couple of diva moments and a few wardrobe choices, and the worldwide web had all the ammunition it needed to create a rivalry.

Despite Ari repeatedly praising Mariah (here’s a BreatheHeavy article from 2014 where the Sweetener singer gushed about Mimi), it was juicer to create some drama. Grande is (still) not having it.


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In a recent Q&A, Ariana was asked to list some of her biggest musical inspirations, and the elusive chanteuse made the cut.

“I was such a ’90s baby,” Ariana said. “Whitney, Mariah, Madonna… all the divas… Celine Dion,” she said.

Ari also listed Imogen Heap as an inspiration. FYI she samples “Goodnight and Go” on a song off her forthcoming album.

Mariah will probably never acknowledge this (she loves a grudge), but perhaps she’ll have a change of heart. Can you imagine a duet? Windows everywhere would break.


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