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Ariana Grande responds to confusion over 'new voice' following Oscars appearance

Ariana Grande responds to confusion over 'new voice' following Oscars appearance

She appeared alongside her Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo to present an award at the Oscars

Ariana Grande was one of a whole host of celebrities to hit Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre for the 96th Academy Awards last night, but viewers were left confused when she seemed to unveil a 'new voice'.

Last night's Oscars were packed with memorable moments, from Ryan Gosling taking to the stage with Slash to perform Best Original Song nominee 'I'm Just Ken', to John Cena presenting the Best Costume Design award 'naked'.

On top of this, social media can't stop talking about Ariana Grande's appearance at the prestigious ceremony.

The singer and actress hosted the award for Best Original Song alongside her upcoming Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo.

The pair are set to star as Glinda and Elphaba in the much-anticipated film adaptation of the hit musical, which due to be released in cinemas later this year.

But, while the pair announced the winner - 'What Was I Made For?' from Barbie - fans were rather distracted by Grande's apparent new accent.

One person posted on X (formerly known as Twitter): "Wtf happened to Ariana Grande??? I really thought everyone was exaggerating about her constantly changing personas. THE VOICE OMG THAT IS NOT ARIANA GRANDE."

Another said: "Why does Ariana Grande's voice change every 2 years?"

Ariana Grande's 'new voice' left Oscars viewers confused as she took to the stage to present an award with Cynthia Erivo.
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And a third commented: "Ariana Grande really got rid of her previous accent in favour of a 60s transatlantic accent."

The Transatlantic accent is a consciously learned accent associated with the mid-20th century entertainment industry that blends together features of both American and British English.

Well, ahead of her Oscars appearance, Grande had actually addressed the changes to her voice.

Speaking on the Zach Sang Show, the 'Thank U, Next' singer spoke about how she prepared for her role as Glinda in Wicked.

"I tried to use that to take lessons every single day while I was doing The Voice and get ready for the audition," she said.

"I trained every day with Nancy [Banks] and with Eric [Vetro] to transform my voice, even, like, my singing voice, everything about me, I had to deconstruct to prove to them I could handle taking on this other person."

She added that she had to 'completely erase popstar Ari' to prepare for the role.

"It's even harder to believe someone as someone else when you're so branded as one thing," she continued.

"I had to go all the way to strip that down, come into my callback with no makeup, my hair down, I looked like I was 11 years old."

Featured Image Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WWD via Getty Images/Frank Micelotta/Disney via Getty Images

Topics: Academy Awards, Oscars, Celebrity, Ariana Grande