Pop singer Ariana Grande is performing some of her hits and more on BBC Radio 1 Live in anticipation of an hour-long special with the European network set to record on Friday (Sept. 7). In Live Lounge fashion, a cover of another song was a must. The sweetener musician took the time out to put her spin on the funky Thundercat track “Them Changes.”
Grande called the song off of 2017’s Drunk “my favorite song of the past year and a half,” and she praised the California musician as a “brilliant” artist. She was able to jazz up the song while still keeping its soulful aspect in tact. The performance also featured live renditions of songs from her recently-released number one album, including “R.E.M.,” “God Is A Woman” and “No Tears Left To Cry.”
The 25-year-old native Floridian recently performed at Aretha Franklin’s highly-publicized funeral service to mixed reviews. The songbird sang Franklin’s hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and while her vocals were praised, her attire for the service was met with side-eyes and memes at her expense. She was also issued an apology from Bishop Charles H. Ellis, who was accused of inappropriately holding her while speaking to her at the service.
“I guess I put my arm around her,” Ellis said. “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”
Watch her cover of the Thundercat track below.