Ariana Grande, one of the hottest names in pop music right now, recently revealed she’d love to “go country.” The 23-year-old brought up the proposition while in Las Vegas for the IHeartRadio Festival.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Elvis Duran asked Grande about her next career move. “My grandpa, he always wanted me to do something in the country world,” Grande says. “I don’t know if that would ever happen. If that opportunity, when it comes along, I’d have to say, ‘Hell yeah!'”
Duran brings up Sam Hunt as an example, but Grande goes back 15 years before Hunt. “My dad was a really big Dixie Chicks fan, so that’s the most country I’ve been exposed to,” Grande says. Duran says that makes sense since the Chicks are “kickass women.”
Grande admits she’d still have to do her “country music homework” before giving the genre a shot.
It’s an interesting thought. On the one hand, the idea of just “going country” is a little played out. There’s a big difference between throwing on a hat and a bit of a twang and learning to become a master storyteller. Especially when it comes to somebody like Grande, who has phenomenal talent but can be hard to understand lyrically.
Then again, it’s not like modern country and the pop world are that far apart. Just a few notches on the radio dial, so to speak. Not to mention the number of high-profile duets between country singers and pop singers like Demi Lovato and Pink. How many managers do you think are jumping on the horn to land a duet with Grande now?
If nothing else, it’s a testament to country’s inescapable influence in the music world. We’ll keep our eyes peeled to see if anything comes to fruition.