Meeting Ariana Grande, Then and Now. | primalscreaming
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All winners were permitted to bring a guest to L. The winners were placed at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood.
They were told to get to the L. Forum in Inglewood for a 5 PM meeting with Ariana. They had to provide their own transportation. Jen and Kel arranged for a taxi to take them. Jen brought her winning artwork because she wanted to give it to her idol. She also wanted to remind Ariana of their prior meeting by the Titanic exhibit, when it was just Jen, Ariana, and that cute hoodie.
They were not allowed inside, or even permitted to wait in the safety of the parking lot. Turns out, they were never permitted in the building at all.
Also, this neighborhood is unsafe so be careful out there. They waited till around 7: They were all hungry and cold, and despite a huge party barbeque going on in the tent beside their benches, they were offered nothing but a bottle of water the entire time.
Jen and the other MTV winner a young man of 16 who traveled across the entire country for this meeting were interviewed on camera by MTV to be broadcast at a later date.
They were told what to say, almost word for word. I know Jen feared that if she refused to do this, she would not meet Ariana though she was not told that. After the bogus interview, Ariana was set to appear. First, she did an on-camera interview. She then approached her fans without a smile — just an icy look as she toyed with her hair. She was surrounded by 8 to 10 assistants. Ariana stood by, with a blank stare, as the rules came fast and furiously from a staffer: Give them to security and they will get them to her.
You can take a selfie with her, but nothing else. The 16 year old boy had recorded a CD of beautiful violin cover versions of Ariana songs. It won the contest for him, and he wanted to present it to her.
It was taken away by security. Ariana Grande, the superstar, then walked toward her three contest-winning fans.
She spent perhaps 15 seconds with each of them. That is not an exaggeration.
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They took an approved photo with her and that was it. Ariana gave that grin for each picture, but then it was gone again. She never bothered to even ask anyone their name.
No peace sign from Ari this time. Then Jen took out one of the drawings that won the contest for her. Kelly snapped a photo of her smiling little sister giving Ariana the drawing. The MTV reps on scene seemed startled, but at a loss for what to do.
They were seated three rows from the back of the top balcony, possibly closer to the sun than the stage. I had told them to expect that, though. The fact that one of the winners was somehow awarded better seats than the others, seated among industry insiders, and given wristbands for he and his guest for free food and drink during the show is a mystery that was not specified as a prize, and was likely just another MTV oversight — along with letting all the contest winners out of the car that brought them to the show in a Sizzler parking lot several blocks from the Forum.
They were told to hoof it to that same lot after the show, in their new outfits and shoes. Do you think that MTV might have offered to place the winners up close in the pit in front of the stage with hundreds of radio contest winners? You know, to make up for the terrible meeting experience?
UPDATE: Ariana Grande’s Latest Response. One Week Later. | primalscreaming
Polite texts were sent to several MTV reps, and tweets to both Ariana and her mother, desperately asking for something to be done. Some type of re-do, or perhaps a meet n greet with some other, more fan-friendly, celebrity. It is understood that this was a meet n greet. Jen and Kelly have encountered many celebrities, just passing on the street, that have spent more time with them than Ariana did with her contest winners. Every one of them kind and engaging.
She asked Jen questions about herself and chatted about a variety of things. Jen tried to move along to give time to other fans, but Jennette actually called her back to talk more about her artwork. Same with Miranda Cosgrove — a complete sweetheart. InJen and Kel received an opportunity to meet a superstar even more famous than Ariana Grande. They met Britney Spears. Wanna know how that went? Then Britney invited my wife and me to come in as well.
We all took a bunch of pictures, from any angle, while Britney chatted with the girls, looked through pics of their memorabilia, happily personally accepted a gift bag they had brought for her, answered any questions they had, gave them each a signed copy of her CD which was released that dayand personally made sure that Jen and Kel could watch the live taping of TRL in the studio, even though they were both too young according to MTV policy.
Neither Britney, or any member of her staff, ever asked to see any of the pictures we took. That is a true superstar who loves her fans.
Grande has reached out to the fans she walked out on one week ago. These are the most popular questions: Our family has been bombarded with interview requests all week — and up to this point have granted NONE.Best Meet & Greet photos 2/4 -- Ariana Grande
We had no desire to make this a bigger issue. We just wanted to speak out for fans everywhere — even those who now hate and harass us. Treating contest winners as an annoyance is not really cool. This was not a case of interrupting a celebrity on the street, or in a restaurant, and it was not a large scale meet and greet of hundreds of people.
It was three contest winners, with one guest each. Ariana has tweeted that she was saddened by the contest-winning artwork that featured a drawing of her and her departed grandfather. We do not dispute the fact that she may well have been so affected, but this is important to note, please: That young man poured his heart into that, and traveled across the country to hand it to her.
The lack of banter with anyone — not even asking their names, or if they were the contest winners as opposed to the guests.
Heading off to leave after spending just seconds with each winner. She was already walking away from her fans when my daughter Jen mustered up the courage to approach her with the artwork.
Jen and her sister Kelly had recently lost their own grandpa, and their intention was to tell Ariana that they loved her and that they felt her pain because they knew what she was going through. Jen wanted to give Ari the originals to keep. The other piece of artwork featured Ariana and Iggy Azalea, and it was this drawing that Ariana was looking at when she ordered all pictures deleted. She had not seen the grandpa drawing yet.
When she did see the grandpa drawing, she walked out. Remember, she had been on the way out already, before Jen walked up to her with the artwork.
She had taken the fan selfies and was on the way out. We believe that Ariana was affected in some way by seeing the artwork, we are not challenging that. The fans were treated horribly before that final few seconds.
So, to answer the above questions, there has been no contact at all from Ms. Grande to the fans in the week that followed. We received a midweek phone call from Mr. Carozza asked me to update the blog by writing that we now understood why Ariana acted as she did — because of her being in mourning.