Ariana Grande was absent from the Grammy Awards last night, though there was a drag queen lookalike in her place on the red carpet – and she very much approved!
The singer, 28, had been nominated in several categories at the music awards ceremony held in Las Vegas, including Best Pop Vocal Album for her chart-topper Positions.
She however wasn’t in attendance at the event – which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena – with her having hinted at her absence earlier in the evening on Instagram.
And whilst Ariana wasn’t there, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Trinity K Bonet, 31, channelled the singer-songwriter with a throwback to one of her iconic red carpet looks.
The drag artist – also known as Joshua Jamal Jones – arrived at the ceremony in an extravagant layered gown, similar to the one that was worn by Ariana at the Grammy Awards in 2020.
It’s understood that Trinity and other RuPaul’s Drag Race queens were tasked with recreating looks from the award show’s past, with her inspired by Ariana’s lavish gown.
She opted for a purple version of the original dress – which had been grey – but sported the singer’s trademark ponytail and accessorised the look with a pair of gloves.
Trinity shared photos of the ensemble on social media and urged her followers to help her get noticed by Ariana – and it worked, with the singer later reacting to the photos.
She wrote in the comments section of the drag queen’s post: “Oh oh my goodness. Honored. You are perfect.” Ariana also shared it on her Story, writing: “Omg omg.”
It was among the posts made by Ariana during the Grammy Awards this evening, though she didn’t reveal to fans why she wasn’t in attendance at the awards show.
She had shared behind-the-scenes footage from the making of her album Positions prior to the ceremony, in which she teased that she wouldn’t be at the event.
Ariana wrote alongside it: “Some Positions memories to celebrate Grammy day. Reflecting on an incredible process with so many creatives that I love and respect so deeply.”
She further commented in the post: “I love this album so it’s an honor to be recognised today alongside so many brilliant musicians and human beings that I love.”
Ariana – who has previously won two Grammy Awards – said that having each other and feeling heard is “not something to take for granted,” adding: “We’ve already won.”
Suggesting that she wasn’t going to be in attendance, she concluded the post by writing: “Have a beautiful time. I am celebrating all of you there today.”