Watch: Ariana Grande Impersonates Britney Spears, Whitney Houston on ‘SNL’

Ariana Grande’s not-so-secret talent is using her impressive pipes to do uncanny impressions of pop stars, and “Saturday Night Live” took full advantage of her unique ability when the singer hosted the show this weekend.

In a sketch that spoofed Tidal’s streaming issues, the power goes off at the company and puts it at risk of losing music. And if anyone can save Tidal, it’s Chloe the Intern, played by Grande.

Grande goes on to impersonate big stars for the company, including Britney Spears, Shakira, Rihanna, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. While she doesn’t quite know the words to Rihanna’s single “Work,” she gives a stunning rendition of Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”


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But the one star Chloe won’t impersonate? Grande, as Chloe’s “not a fan.”

Grande has showed off her impression skills on television before, impersonating such stars as Christina Aguilera on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” The sketch also seems to mirror a previous one from “SNL,” where Bruno Mars saves Pandora by doing impressions of Michael Jackson, Steven Tyler and others.

Grande started off her hosting gig with a bang, dropping some unexpected profanity during her opening monologue. The slip was edited out for the West Coast airing.

Watch the full sketch above.

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  1. Muchakka Khann says:

    Arando Grande is very beautiful, talented & self centered. All the fine qualities men look for in wives. Her brother needs to show his true colors in Iran where he would be the Next Brock O’Bama.

  2. facebooknonu says:

    “Her Whitney Houston impersonation was really weak though. She shouldn’t try that one again.”

    You’re crazy, her Whitney Houston impersonation was incredible. I hope you were joking. Also, why does the fact that impersonations of these people have already been done before negate how impressive her impersonations were? This was a showcase of her ridiculous talent. Anybody who can’t appreciate that has no idea how incredible her voice and range are.

    • I have to agree with the initial poster — her Whitney impersonation was weak. That’s not the same thing as saying that her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” was weak, because it certainly wasn’t – she sounded great! But the rest of her impressions, if you close your eyes, you would know instantly that she’s doing Britney, Shakira, Celine. Shut your eyes when she’s doing Whitney and you just hear Ariana Grande singing that song beautifully.

      Not a knock against Ariana! More just a reinforcement of the fact that Whitney Houston remains truly inimitable.

  3. Gene says:

    Most of her impressions were spot on though we’d seen some of them on Jimmy Kimmel’s Spin the Wheel impersonations game so they were really that funny anymore. Her Whitney Houston impersonation was really weak though. She shouldn’t try that one again.

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