Sound Table Discussion (I Guess): Ariana Grande’s ‘Focus’ Performance At The AMAs
I apologize for being late writing this. I had begun writing the night of the AMAs, though I didn’t finish. I had asked my friend if she wanted to write our thoughts together, similar to how we do our ‘Sound Table Discussions,’ where we talk back and forth. She said yes, and I asked if another friend of ours wanted to join us, and she said yes as well. We started the discussion on Wednesday, though we didn’t finish that either, so my friend at Word To Your Music, and I discussed Ariana’s performance of ‘Focus’ today. We wanted to publish something about the AMAs, and Ariana is an artist who both Word To Your Music and Flavor In The Street talk about on their blogs. We just wanted to publish something regarding the AMAs soon. Along with Ariana’s performance, we talked about her in general. We talked about her music, and if we feel she’s trying to come across as sexy. Read our discussion below.
Flavor In The Street: I do understand the confusion you had with her performance, because of how she opened up the performance and because of her new hairstyle.
Flavor In The Street: You’re used to her with a high ponytail, so that threw you off I’m sure.
Word To Your Music: Yeah. I don’t know it was kinda different, and the fact that she started with jazz.
Flavor In The Street: Yeah, which I was saying she did last year at the AMAs. (Where she opened up the performance in a jazz style)
Word To Your Music: I guess that’s what she does now, but I still feel like she should have kept it consistent.
Flavor In The Street: Did you feel she was trying to be sexy?
Word To Your Music: I feel that way about her a lot. I feel like she’s trying to prove someone wrong.
Flavor In The Street: It’s difficult for her to come across as sexy, because it usually seems forced.
Word To Your Music: It makes me laugh sometimes how hard she tries. I mean, I don’t know what happened. I used to like her, but lately I’m not sure, and I don’t know why.
Flavor In The Street: I agree with what you said earlier on how fame can change a person.
Word To Your Music: I feel like that’s what is happening to her. She’s trying to shake her Nickelodeon reputation, but is trying too hard.
Flavor In The Street: I feel that’s something every Nickelodeon or Disney star have a hard time doing.
Flavor In The Street: They just want the public or media to see they’ve grown up.
Flavor In The Street: I could say the same for Demi Lovato or Selena Gomez too.
Word To Your Music: Yeah, I think they just want respect honestly because everyone sees them as these little kids from Disney or Nick, but they aren’t anymore.
Word To Your Music: Yeah, but I feel like Selena has grown up and the media is accepting that. And same for Demi too. They took time off to think about everything while Ariana just rushed into it.
Flavor In The Street: Yeah, I do think she’s also releasing new music early, considering she released an album last year. She’s not giving the media enough time for her to be missed.
Word To Your Music: Yeah, I agree she should take some time off.
Flavor In The Street: That way her music would be in higher demand.
Word To Your Music: Yeah, hopefully.
Flavor In The Street: Also, the donut incident caused a little backlash for her.
Word To Your Music: Just take off, have a little break, and rethink what you want to do.
Flavor In The Street: Also, I think she should mature musically, especially if she’s trying to be seen as more than Cat from ‘Victorious.’ I think ‘Focus’ sounded a little childish if that’s what she was trying to go far.
Word To Your Music: It did seem childish to me too. Whenever someone says that she is “queen,” I’m like, do you see that? I still don’t think she’s the greatest person ever. Her music is still on that “Victorious” level. I don’t know how to explain it.
Flavor In The Street: Yeah, I’m a little confused by what you mean when saying ‘Victorious’ level. Do you mean her music is still on that childish level?
Word To Your Music: Yeah, that’s what I mean. The lyrics maybe not so much, but like the actual beats and music itself seems childish to me.
Flavor In The Street: Yeah, that’s what I was trying to say.
Word To Your Music: Yeah, so I am basically agreeing with you.
Flavor In The Street: I would’ve liked to completely hear ‘Focus’ in a jazz style. It honestly wasn’t a bad performance though.
Word To Your Music: No. The transition was just different.
Flavor In The Street: The transition seemed rushed, because she ran behind the curtains.
Word To Your Music: Yeah, you’re right.