Ariana Grande Explains Why Her Meet-and-Greet Went Wrong
Ariana Grande explains her fan meet-and-greet gone awry. Several fans won the chance to meet their idol backstage at the VMAs in an MTV-sponsored contest but Jennifer O'Connor (@HerNamesJen) August 24, In , lifelike ponytail Ariana Grande went from "that girl from out Ariana for ignoring them at a meet and greet contest they won with MTV. Senior Editor. Yahoo Music• August 28, We won a #MTV contest to meet @ArianaGrande & we ended up in tears. Disappointed our.
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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.
Ariana Grande Explains Why Her Meet-and-Greet Went Wrong
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. I told him that I was sorry for all that, but that my girls had been affected too — as they were receiving death threats.
I reminded him that MTV knew exactly where the contest winners were staying for all three nights — as they had placed them in that hotel. Carozza got it to call us in the first placehome address, email address, and quite literally — their picture IDs and social security numbers.
Perhaps the Ariana letter could have been sent over to the hotel when MTV had the VMA passes driven there two days after the meet and greet? I suggested that maybe Ms. Grande could phone the contest winners personally, for two minutes, just to have each side make nice, put it all behind them, and I could update this blog with a happy ending saying how Ariana reached out and acted like a true star.
I could then write that the girls were excited to buy the new album. We still waited several more days, in the hope that, within all of her promotional fan interactions, she might still call, tweet, or send a note to the original winners, as part of her weeklong album release fan experience.
Carozza as a final reaching-out gesture to see if any contact might happen soon, before writing this follow up. No, it will not. There is a happy ending to this, though. The happiness is not with the spurned contest winners, but with the fans who have met Ariana Grande since this blog became news. She also has tweeted several of them personally, and posted repeated tweets about how she loves all of her fans. The ones who earned a meeting with her through difficult contest entries, and follow up phone interviews, have received none of that.
They have been forgotten by Ariana Grande and her huge publicity machine. They have no voice in this world except for this tiny blog page. Grande is famous for rightfully defending her family when they have been wronged. I chose to do that for my daughters, and the other contest winners.
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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.
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.ARIANA GRANDE IGNORES EXO MTV EMA WIN?!? ☕
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? 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.
UPDATE: Ariana Grande’s Latest Response. One Week Later. | primalscreaming
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. We did not expect Ms.