Ariana Grande’s 98-Year-Old Grandmother Becomes Oldest Performer to Chart on Spotify

Ariana Grande's grandmother charts on Spotify
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Ariana Grande’s latest album features a collaboration with her grandmother, which has earned her 98-year-old Nonna a place in history as the oldest performer to chart on Spotify.

Few contemporary artists display the sheer fan power of Ariana Grande and her family. That point is most recently illustrated with her new song, “ordinary things,” which features vocals from the pop star’s grandmother, Marjorie “Nonna” Grande.

The track, from Grande’s latest album, eternal sunshine, had reached the No. 35 position on the Spotify Daily Top Songs chart and the 28th most listened to song on Spotify in its first 24 hours with almost 3 million streams. At age 98, that feat makes Nonna the oldest performer to chart on the streaming platform.

Ari is no stranger to setting records on Spotify, but it’s not every day that a nonagenarian is trending on the streaming service — even the Rolling Stones are only in their 80s. Grande’s collaboration with her grandmother is as impressive from a music industry standpoint as it is heartwarming.

Grande released the album on Friday, March 8, alongside a video for “we can’t be friends (wait for your love).” The video, which stars actor Evan Peters, is heavily inspired by the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, from which Grande also derived the album’s name.

And now, Ariana, who presented at the Academy Awards on Sunday, has yet another milestone to celebrate: eternal sunshine has quickly become the most streamed album in a single day so far in 2024.

It’s been a busy week for the star, who was the musical guest on the March 9 episode of Saturday Night Live. Ari also appeared in two sketches, one of which was a spoof of director Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge,” alongside Bowen Yang, which provided an opportunity for the duo to sing covers of several hit songs, including Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” and Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

At the end of the show, Grande and Yang sang a rendition of the famous end portion of “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked, in which Grande will star as Glinda in the upcoming film adaptation, due out in November.