The 12 Best Ariana Grande Live Performances, Ever

Many Ariana Grande skeptics look at the pocket-size pop star and think, There's no way she actually sings. In today's music landscape, putting weak voices in superficially adorable, easily marketable packages is par for the course. But anyone who's seen Grande perform live knows that this 5-foot 21-year-old has the pipes to blow the roof off any stadium. Whether she's doing flawless impressions of Celine Dion or lip syncing alongside Justin Bieber, Grande knows how to put on a show. We find our eyes glued to her, thinking to ourselves, How does she do that?

Grande has served up countless memorable live performances, but ahead you'll find the best of the bunch. Between her cover of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing," and her soaring rendition of the national anthem at a Seattle Seahawks game, it's tough to choose a favorite. Click through for unforgettable performances that are sure to give you chills all over again.
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"The Way" ft. Mac Miller, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2013)

The performance that showed the world Ariana Grande is the next big pop star. Look out.
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"Tattooed Heart," American Music Awards (2013)

Just take a second and think about Grande's ascent over the past few years. Mind. Blown.
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"Break Free," Honda Stage at the iHeart Radio Theater in Los Angeles (2014)

Every performance in this set was off the hook, but this one takes the cake.
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"The Star-Spangled Banner," Seattle Seahawks Game (2014)

Hands down one of the best celebrity performances of the national anthem. We all know the words, but that song ain't easy to sing, folks.
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"Bang Bang," American Music Awards (2014)

Ariana + Nicki + Jessie = dream team.
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A Medley, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2014)

You might recall that Grande got bumped by an Angel's wings during this show — or maybe not. All we could focus on were her pipes.
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"Best Mistake," A Very Grammy Christmas (2014)

Let's take a moment of silence for one of the cutest singing couples who have since parted ways.
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"Problem," The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2014)

The only problem with this performance is that it didn't last longer.
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Medley feat. Nicki Minaj, NBA All-Star Grame Halftime Show (2015)

Jessie might be missing, but the duo still held down the fort.
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"Signed, Sealed, "Delivered," CBS Special Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute (2015)

This entire show was incredible, but the best part of Grande's set was that she teamed up with an R&B legend for the first time, and nailed it.
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"I Have Nothing," Inglewood Concert (2015)

Easily her best performance, ever. What an honor to sing along with one of the writers of the classic song made famous by Whitney Houston.
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"Love Me Harder" feat. The Weeknd, Acoustic Session (2014)

Technically this isn't a live performance, but it's the best rendition of the song by far. Her musical chemistry with The Weeknd is palpable.
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