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How Ariana Grande Paid Homage to Paula Abdul in “Yes, And?” Music Video

Ariana Grande for 'The Voice' Season 21, Paula Abdul at Sirius XM in New YorkPhoto by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank, Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

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Ariana Grande’s new “Yes, And?” music video contains a loving tribute to pop legend Paula Abdul. Fans quickly noticed similarities to Abdul’s iconic “Cold Hearted” video from the 1980s. Abdul herself raved over the homage on social media, calling it an “honor.”


Ariana Grande Channels Paula Abdul’s 1980s Masterpiece

The “Yes, And?” music video instantly evoked Abdul’s 1989 classic “Cold Hearted” for fans. Both showcase the singers donning similar hats and dance ensembles while performing choreographed routines.

Like Abdul’s video, Grande and her dancers entertain a crowd of judgmental onlookers in a warehouse setting. The black and white color palette also echoes the moody, dramatic tone of Abdul’s visuals.

From the staging to the costumes, Grande and director Christian Breslauer deliberately channeled the vibe of Abdul’s video. Their loving tribute has the feel of both an homage and a modern update.


Even while paying homage, Grande manages to chart her own singular course in the “Yes, And?” visual. She’s honoring inspiration while making a statement all her own.

From her modern streetwear costumes to her lyrical references, Grande puts a 2023 spin on Abdul’s 1980s persona. While Abdul kept more distance from her critics, Grande got up close and personal. She fearlessly dances right up to the stuffy executives as if daring them to disapprove.

Paula Abdul Raves Over Ariana Grande’s Nod

When Abdul caught wind of Grande’s shoutout, she raved about the honor on social media. “Waking up to see Ariana Grande pay homage to ‘Cold Hearted’ was EVERYTHING!” she posted.


Grande sweetly replied that Abdul has “inspired me (and so many people) endlessly.” She thanked the pop pioneer for her “brilliance.” The epic exchange highlighted Grande’s reverence for Abdul as a trailblazing legend. Despite being from different eras, the two vocalists share a kindred artistic spirit.

Grande opted to pay respects to Abdul amid releasing her first solo music in years. The touching nod suggests Abdul’s bold artistry paved the way for Grande’s own adventurous videos.

Though decades apart, Abdul and Grande boast remarkably similar talents and temperaments. Both are diminutive vocal dynamos with outsized attitudes.

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