Did Ariana Grande play violin at Grammys 2021? Mystery woman steals show with 'same little dress and ponytail'

Did Ariana Grande play violin at Grammys 2021? Mystery woman steals show with 'same little dress and ponytail'
Ariana Grande and the violin player at the Grammys (Getty Images/CBS)

Pop queen Ariana Grande was nominated only for one award at the 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category and she was announced as a winner for the same along with Lady Gaga for their song ‘Rain On Me’. The 27-year-old crooner was not present at the award ceremony but still made news for a completely different reason altogether.

When rapper DaBaby got on the stage to perform his hit single ‘Rockstar’, he got a female violin player along with him and the Internet confused her with Grande. Even though the mystery woman was a Black artiste, social media users could not recognize her for a good period of time which soon sparked discussions on Twitter.

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A lot of shocked users started praising Grande saying they did not know the singer played the violin until they realized it was someone else. Grande was not slated to perform at the ceremony this year. Her album ‘Positions’, which was released in October 2020, wasn’t eligible to be nominated as the Grammys’ nomination period ran from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

Ariana Grande backstage at the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

Who was the mystery woman?

The talented violin player wore a stunning white outfit and looked similar to Ariana Grande in terms of her style of dressing. The multiple Grammy-winning singer is known for her short-length outfits with her trademark ponytail and the violin player did look exactly the same as Ariana.

A Twitter user identified her as Mapy. “Yeah, let me be that person. I dont like the 'omg Ariana plays violin' jokes. No, its a talented a** BLACK woman who had played for multiple artists. ok? Her name is Mapy. #GRAMMYs” 

The violin player mistaken as Ariana Grande (CBS)



‘I really thought Ariana Grande was playing the violin behind DaBaby’

Grande, who enjoys a massive fan following across the world, first started getting a lot of praise for playing the violin as it left the Internet stunned before social media users realized their mistake and got to know it was someone else. Speaking on the same, one user stated, “Not ariana grande playing violin now multi-talented queen.” One posted, “I thought the violin player was Ariana Grande.”

The next one said, “Omg is that ariana in the back playing violin for dababy?! omg wait.” Another tweeted, “I rly thought ariana grande was playing the violin behind Dababy.” A user shared, “I f**king thought ariana was the one playing violin. I NEED TO SLEEP.” Another added, “My first thought was the girl playing violin looked like Ariana Grande it’s literally the exact same style with the little dress and the ponytail.” 

Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)













Beyonce scored nine nominations for this year’s Grammys which is the most by any artiste this year followed by Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch with six nods. Trevor Noah hosted the coveted award ceremony for the very first time. The ceremony was originally scheduled for January 31, 2021, but was later pushed to March 14, 2021, due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

The 2021 GRAMMY Awards show, officially known as the 63rd GRAMMY Awards aired at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on CBS and Recording Academy’s official Facebook page.

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