While some stars elected to bring one date to the 2020 Grammys, Ariana Grande brought two: her parents, who walked the red carpet with her. The "thank u, next" singer arrived on the red carpet in a show-stopping custom Giambattista Valli gown on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Staples Center, and Grande's mom and dad even helped arrange the train around her feet like a bride on her wedding day.
Grande's parents, Edward Butera and Joan Grande, divorced in 2003, according to E! In 2014, Grande told Seventeen that she'd fallen out with her father the year prior. "It's private, but it happened last year," she said at the time. "It took me so long to be okay with it. ... So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn't like that about myself. I had to accept that it's okay not to get along with somebody and still love them."
Fortunately, since then Grande has mended her relationship with Butera, and in 2019, they spent Thanksgiving as a family for the first time in nearly two decades. "First Thanksgiving with both of my parents in 18 years!" the pop star wrote on her Instagram Story.
On the Grammys red carpet Sunday night, Grande posed with both parents, her arms around them and kissing each on the cheek. Grande's fans were naturally ecstatic to see her appear with both her mother and father. "Ariana walking the grammys [sic] red carpet with both of her parents is the best thing to ever happen," @diornasa wrote on Twitter. "My heart is so full."
Grande soon changed out of the voluminous tulle gown that she wore to pose with her family and into a second dress from the same gray color palette. "So here's the thing — I did the carpet in a custom Giambattista Valli dress and I loved it, and then I didn't do the interview," Grande told CBS on the red carpet, per People. "So I came back in a different dress, because I couldn't decide."
Not only was Grande was up for five Grammy awards on Sunday night, but she performed later on in the evening. Fortunately, her parents were by her side to support her — costume changes and all.