Ariana Grande Goes Sci-Fi With Her MTV EMAs Performance

by Zach Seemayer 7:40 PM PST, November 09, 2014
Photo: MTV

Say what you will about Ariana Grande, but the lady knows how to make an entrance.

At the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards – which took place in Glasgow, Scotland and featured predominantly American artists – Grande slowly emerged from under the stage in front of a psychedelic black and white swirling, strobing background, and kicked off the performance with her song "Problem."

In a rare move, the signer wore her hair down – instead of her signature ponytail – but then wore her traditional pseudo-futuristic ivory corset/swimsuit/bustier combo that showed off her impressive legs.

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She sang a few bars of "Problem" before getting safety-belted into a glass-encased bubble chair on wires that flew her over the audience while she sang "Break Free."

Her Wizard Of Oz-like bubble then took her to a different stage decked out with a whole lot of back-up dancers, some giant crystals and mini-volcanoes shooting out dense fog. It was like she borrowed the set from the classic kids' show Land Of The Lost.

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The whole piece felt like a sci-fi movie from the 1970s, but in a good way. You have to hand it to the 21-year old star: She does know a thing or two about spectacle.

Despite her fans and success, Grande has been battling rumors that she's a "diva" and that she's hard to work with. Check out the video below to hear how the "Problem" singer responds to these claims.