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Ariana Grande Denies Rihanna Was Laughing at Her During iHeartRadio Music Awards Performance

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Sometimes celebrities can be just as catty as non-celebrities. Just because they’re able to sing, rap or act doesn’t mean they’re exempt from petty feelings of jealousy and envy towards each other. In fact, there are a few entertainers who stay in the headlines by beefing with other artists (we see you, 50 Cent). Some thought Rihanna was doing something of the sort by throwing a little shade towards Ariana Grande during the young singer’s performance at the iHeartRadio Music Awards last week.

While the 20-year-old was performing her cut ‘Problem’ onstage, Rihanna was caught on camera laughing. From the outside looking in, it appeared the ‘Pour It Up’ singer was making fun of Grande, but that apparently wasn’t the case.

The young Republic Records artist stopped by the Australian radio show The Bump a few days ago and explained the entire mess. “[Rihanna] was just being playful and supportive,” stated Grande. “People are always trying to make a big deal out of nothing because they’re bored.”

In addition, the Boca Raton, Fla., native said she was so into her performance that she had no idea that Rihanna was chuckling. When she saw the footage afterwards, Grande chalked the whole thing up to her own brand of uniqueness.

Moreover, the Caribbean songstress praised Grande after her performance. As much as folks like to see artists going at each other’s throats, they’ll have to find two other celebrities to do that in this case.

“I didn’t see her laughing at me, but when I watched it afterwards it looked like she was just shocked because I was doing something different,” Grande explained. “Afterward she was so kind to me, she was like, ‘Lil mama, keep doing what you’re doing because it’s working.'”

Do you think Rihanna was laughing at Ariana? You be the judge and tell us in the comments below.

Watch Ariana Grande Perform ‘Problem’ at 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Ariana Grande performs ~ iHeartRadio Music Awards by HumanSlinky

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