Ariana Grande Responds to Drag Queen Lookalike at the Grammys in Mysterious Absence

Ariana Grande was absent from the 2022 Grammy Awards, held in Las Vegas last night – with comedian Trevor Noah hosting the music awards ceremony

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Ariana Grande didn’t attend the Grammy Awards last night, despite having a drag queen double on the red carpet in her place – and she very much approved!

The 28-year-old singer was nominated in several categories at the music awards ceremony held in Las Vegas, including Best Pop Vocal Album for her chart-topping positions.

However, she was not present at the event, which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as she announced her absence on Instagram earlier in the evening.

And while Ariana wasn’t there, RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Trinity K Bonet, 31, channeled the singer-songwriter with a throwback to one of her iconic red carpet looks.

Ariana Grande, pictured in 2020, was absent from the Grammy Awards last night


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Drag artist Trinity K. Bonet recreated one of the singer’s earlier red carpet looks


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The drag artist – also known as Joshua Jamal Jones – arrived at the ceremony in an extravagant layered gown, similar to the one Ariana wore to the 2020 Grammy Awards.

It’s understood that Trinity and other RuPaul’s Drag Race queens were tasked with recreating looks from the awards show’s past, taking inspiration from Ariana’s lavish dress.

She opted for a purple version of the original dress – which had been gray – but wore the singer’s signature ponytail and complemented the look with a pair of gloves.

Trinity shared photos of the look on social media


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Trinity shared photos of the ensemble on social media, urging her followers to help her get noticed by Ariana – and it worked, as the singer later responded to the photos.

She wrote in the comments column of the drag queen’s post: “Oh oh my god. Honored. You are perfect.” Ariana also shared it on her Story, writing, “Omg omg.”

It was among the posts Ariana made during the Grammy Awards tonight, although she didn’t reveal to fans why she wasn’t at the awards show.

It was a replica of the dress Ariana wore to the 2020 Grammy Awards


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She shared behind-the-scenes footage of the making of her album Positions ahead of the ceremony, in which she teased that she wouldn’t be at the event.

Ariana wrote alongside: “Some reminders of positions to celebrate Grammy day. Thinking about an incredible process with so many creative people that I love and respect so much.”

Ariana responded on her Instagram story and in the comments on Trinity’s post



Trinity (front center) along with other RuPaul’s Drag Race alums on the red carpet last night


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She further commented in the post, “I love this album so it’s an honor to be recognized today alongside so many brilliant musicians and people I love.”

Ariana – who has previously won two Grammy Awards – said that having each other and feeling heard “doesn’t come naturally,” adding, “We’ve already won.”

She suggested she wouldn’t be in attendance, closing the post by writing, “Have a lovely time. I celebrate you all there today.”

The Mirror reached out to representatives from Ariana for comment.

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