Ariana Grande Encourages Her Followers in 1 Key State to Vote: ‘We Need You’
Celebrated artist Ariana Grande has millions of social media followers. She uses her platform to tease new music, share glimpses into her life, and celebrate special moments with her fans. But she also tries to utilize her star power to effect change. Learn why Grande got personal with a message to a specific group.
Ariana Grande is very popular on social media
As a successful singer, Grande has earned a Grammy Award and four No. 1 entries on the Billboard Hot 100. She’s released five well-received studio albums, four of which topped the Billboard 200 (the other peaked at No. 2). She’s sold out tours across the globe. And she’s even gotten into the fragrance game.
With all of those accomplishments comes fame. And for Grande, much of that can be seen on her social media accounts. She’s cracked the top 10 on Twitter, with more than 77 million followers. And she holds the title of the most-followed woman on Instagram, where she has more than 200 million followers.
She works with HeadCount to sign up U.S. voters
In the weeks leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Grande’s fans (known as Arianators) have been eagerly awaiting her upcoming seventh album. But on both platforms, the singer has remained solely focused on her partnership with HeadCount, an organization that works with celebrities to increase the youth vote.
Grande isn’t new to this cause. In fact, her 2019 Sweetener World Tour brought in more than 33,000 voter registrations with her #thankunextgen campaign. HeadCount deemed it “the most successful tour in our history.” And that’s not the only way she’s helped: In June 2019, Grande paid for food trucks at Kentucky polling site.
Grande asked her ‘fellow Floridians’ to register
Though Grande lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, realtor Dalton Gomez, she wasn’t born there. The artist grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, where she lived until she was a teenager. On October 5, 2020, Grande asked those from her home state to recognize how important their vote is to the election.
“fellow Floridians, we need you,” Grande wrote in her signature lowercase style. “today is the last day to register to vote. if you haven’t yet or if you know of a friend or family member that hasn’t, it’s imperative that you make sure they register today because Florida has the potential of swaying the election.”
Did she crash the Florida registration site?
Florida is what’s known as a battleground state, or swing state. That means that while Florida is typically considered a red state (there are usually more Republican elected officials than Democratic), it has, in the past, “swung” the other way by a narrow margin (as it did in 2008 and 2012).
Hours after Grande’s post, the state’s official registration website went down briefly, according to the Miami Herald. This was attributed to a “high volume” of traffic, meaning many could have been encouraged by her message (or one like it). However, others believe it was done purposefully in an act of voter suppression.