Ariana Grande made her Grammy Awards debut with the power ballad “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart.” Backed by several violinists, Grande let her massive voice take center stage and brought the drama for the earnest song. It’s a huge shift from the more dance-driven singles she’s been touting lately and that have won producer Max Martin his Producer of the Year award. “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart” was co-written by One Direction’s Harry Styles.
This is the former Nickelodeon star’s first year as a nominee at the Grammy Awards, where she was nominated for two awards. While her 2014 album My Everything earned a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album, her collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang,” also garnered recognition in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Jessie J’s all-star jam “Bang Bang” had been Grande’s most frequent awards show number, though she did treat fans to “Love Me Harder” with duet partner the Weeknd at the American Music Awards and Saturday Night Live.
Grande will also be making an appearance at the special Grammy program Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute next week. She’ll be joined by the Band Perry, Usher, Ed Sheeran and more who will honor Wonder by singing some of his most famous hits.
On February 25th, Grande will kick off her Honeymoon Tour in Independence, Missouri, with British pop group Rixton joining her in both North America and Europe. Following her tour, Grande will return to TV in a recurring role in Ryan Murphy’s latest horror anthology Scream Queens. The show stars Glee‘s Lea Michele and True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello and will debut this fall.