Up and comers Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande made a solid pitch for why they'll be sticking around for some time at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas.
Azalea delivered her Top 5 hit "Fancy" in full cheerleader get-up, leading the squad while her sidekick, Charli XCX, delivered the hook with extra sass. After the hip-hop smash concluded, Azalea stuck around for Grande's entrance, which was marked by the blaring horns of new hit "Problem." Sporting a black-and-white dress and flaunting her powerful pipes, Grande bounced along to "Problem" and briefly ceded the floor to Azalea for her rapid-fire guest verse.
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After the 20-year-old Grande debuted "Problem" at the Disney Music Awards on April 27, the song rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, dated May 17. That was thanks in part to one of the biggest sales starts ever, selling 438,000 downloads in its first week — the fourth-biggest start for a song by a female artist.
The track is the first single off Grande's upcoming second album, due out in the fall. In addition to performing at the BBMAs, Grande is a finalist for the Top New Artist award.
Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, currently stands at No. 3 on the Hot 100. With "Problem at No. 4, Azalea is the first female rapper ever to have two songs concurrently in the top five of the Hot 100 chart.
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