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Patti LaBelle has nothing but love for Ariana Grande. Patti said in an interview, “She’s surpassed her peers. And she does everything herself, which is not always the way with the young baby girls. She doesn’t need any machines. She’s a baby who’s able to sing like an older Black woman.” Patti’s four-year-old granddaughter, Gialooks up to Ariana and rocks Ariana’s infamous high ponytail a lot. Patti and Ariana were scheduled to perform for then-President Barack Obama’s Women of Soul concert at the White House in 2014. Ariana was nervous but Patti told her, ‘Girl, you’re a beast. Go up there and sing like that White-Black woman you are.’ Ariana can sing me under the table, and listen, I can sing.” Patti sang “Over the Rainbow,” at Ariana’s 18th birthday in 2012.

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Source: The Jasmine Brand

– Tony Scott (@tonyscottmedia)

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