Ariana Grande Debuts “Problem” With Sexy Radio Disney Music Awards Performance: Watch

Mike Wass | April 27, 2014 6:14 pm

Ariana Grande shook up her sugary sweet image with a (comparatively) sexy debut performance of “Problem” at tonight’s (April 27) Radio Disney Music Awards. Iggy Azalea — the song’s featured femcee — couldn’t be there but that didn’t stop the 20-year-old from stealing the show with her catchy new single and unexpected dance moves.

Happily, the Yours Truly diva left her trademark baby doll dress and kitten heels at home. Ari prowled the stage in a black bodice and fitted pants, which she teamed with white boots and Mickey Mouse ears. It was the perfect outfit for dancing and mini-Mariah showed off some killer moves while still delivering an impressive vocal. “Problem” is an odd blend of ’90s pop and current urban trends (the trap-lite breakdown and a sax hook a la Jason Derulo‘s “Talk Dirty”) but there’s no denying that it’s catchy. Watch up top.

Did Ariana slay the stage or is she still a work in progress? Give your verdict in the comments below.

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