Kanye West included an Ariana Grande feature on his album 'Donda'

No, That's Actually Not Ariana Grande On Kanye's Donda Album

This singer's vocals totally fooled everyone.

by Dylan Kickham
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Kanye West fans have had to wait a long time for his tenth studio album Donda to finally drop, and they definitely were not disappointed when the rapper surprise-released it on Sunday, Aug. 29. The album includes a ton of buzzy features, like Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and Playboi Carti, and Ty Dolla $ign, but it seemed one of the biggest-name cameos may have been a bit more difficult to find. Shortly after the album dropped, fans picked up on a familiar voice in the title track, but although these tweets about Kanye West featuring Ariana Grande on Donda were all over the internet, the pop star cleared up the confusion.

Many of the collaborations on Donda didn’t come as a huge surprise since West had revealed several tracks early at various listening parties. However, when fans reached the album’s title track “Donda,” fans were sure that Grande’s falsetto vocals could be heard the background. The personal song includes audio of West’s late mother Donda West, as Kanye sings “Glory, glory, glory” alongside a female singer during the speech.

Though Grande wasn’t listed as a feature on the song’s Spotify release, fans were convinced of her vocals, and Genius even listed Grande as a feature for the backing vocals. Once listeners thought Grande was on the track, music fans took to Twitter to celebrate what they believed was a totally unexpected collaboration.

Unfortunately for Arianators, that actually isn’t Grande’s voice on “Donda.” The featured singer is actually recording artist Stalone, who took to Instagram to confirm her involvement on the song.

Grande took to her Instagram stories to further clear things up, complimenting Stalone on her vocals and confirming she was not featured on West’s album.

There’s no bad blood, though. Stalone tweeted that she was grateful to have her vocals compared to Grande’s after all the confusion.

A collaboration between Grande and West would have come as a major surprise to music fans, considering the two haven’t always gotten along in the past. Back in 2018, the two artists got into a heated back-and-forth on Twitter when Grande poked fun at West’s feud with Drake. After West said the Twitter spat was weighing on his mental health, Grande apologized for her tweet.

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Interestingly enough, Grande is also rumored to be featured on Drake’s upcoming album Certified Lover Boy. A number of fans pointed that out once they thought they heard Grande’s vocals on Donda, considering West and Drake have been amping up their long-held feud in the recent weeks leading up to their releases.

Sadly, a Kanye West song featuring Ariana Grande may have been too good to be true, but at least the internet mix-up helped introduce more music fans to Stalone’s incredible voice.

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