6 moments from ariana grande’s 2014 ama performance that made us love her harder

We’ve never kept our love of Ariana Grande a secret ’round these here parts, but the 21-year-old singer’s performance at the 2014 American Music Awards actually managed to make us love her even harder — if that’s even possible.

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From the vocally driven, stripped-down renditions of “Problem” and “Break Free” to the palpable chemistry Ariana and The Weeknd shared during “Love Me Harder” — not to mention her big brother, Frankie Grande’s, all-out freakout in the audience — here are our 6 favorite moments from Ari’s performance.

1. ALL. THOSE. VOCALS.

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Ariana’s technical skill as a vocalist has never been weak, but her voice was stronger than it’sever been before at the AMAs Sunday, Nov. 23.

2. And That Dress

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So sexy! So mature! That black lace number is totally something Beyoncé would wear as she traipses through the hallways of her modest, 47-bedroom French chateau, and we are soooooointo it.

3. Oh, And The Hair

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Not to beat a dead horse, but — sorry, Secretariat — we are always 100% here for Ariana’s hair when it’s down. Sure, there’s a hint of ponytail in the back, but we’ll take it.

4. Her Inner Mimi Has Been Emancipated4. Her Inner Mimi Has Been Emancipatedariana grande, mariah carey

Ariana owned the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live stage like she never has before. She had so much control, so much charisma. Ms. Mariah Carey would be proud (we hope).

5. When The Weeknd Came Onstage

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The tension between Ariana and The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, during “Love Me Harder” was so damn high! Don’t tell Big Sean, but we were screaming “NOW, KISS! KISS!” at our TV screens the whole time.

6. When Frankie Grande Freaked The Frankie Out

Ariana’s big brother, Frankie Grande, was so into her performance — just like the rest of America. Frankie Grande is America, basically.