Ailing Ariana Grande still on for Tampa show; clear-bag policy enacted

She’s canceled one show this week due to illness, but the fresh five-time Grammy nominee still plans to play Amalie Arena.
Ariana Grande, pictured in June 2018 at a performance in Los Angeles, won her first Grammy earlier this year and on Wednesday scored five Grammy Award nominations.
Ariana Grande, pictured in June 2018 at a performance in Los Angeles, won her first Grammy earlier this year and on Wednesday scored five Grammy Award nominations. [ CHRIS PIZZELLO | Invision ]
Published Nov. 21, 2019|Updated Nov. 22, 2019

It’s been an up and down week for Ariana Grande.

It started Sunday, when the blockbuster pop star canceled her concert in Lexington, Ky., due to a brutal sore throat and lost voice.

On Wednesday, she found out she was nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year for Thank U, Next and Record of the Year for 7 Rings.

And this Sunday, she’ll be back in Tampa for a concert at Amalie Arena.


Fans might recall that in May, Grande canceled her Amalie concert hours before the show due to an illness she blamed on a tomato allergy. The past few days, they’ve been on pins and needles, as in the wake of her Lexington cancellation, Grande warned fans more cancellations might be coming.

“I just really don’t know what’s happening with my body right now and need to figure it out," she said in an Instagram story Saturday. “Please take this as a gentle heads up … I don’t want anyone to feel blindsided tomorrow if God forbid I can’t make the show happen.”

Not only did she perform in Atlanta on Tuesday, she made it an extra-special show, bringing her onetime Victorious co-stars Matt Bennett and Liz Gilles on stage for a reunion performance. And she met up with Bernie Sanders backstage, endorsing him as “MY GUY" in the process.

All of this brings us to Sunday in Tampa. One big change from her May show is that Normani is no longer opening the show (although she will be back on Dec. 1 for the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball). Opening duties now fall strictly to Grande’s Boyfriend collaborators Social House.

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But one thing that will stay the same is the singer’s clear-bag policy for the show. As we told you in May, Grande’s show will have tighter than usual security, with fans required to put all their belongings in a clear plastic bag measuring no larger than 12 by 6 by 12 inches, the same size allowed at football games at Raymond James Stadium. If you don’t have one, they should be available for purchase outside the show.

Fans also cannot bring in opaque wrist or shoulder clutches. Cameras and recording devices are not allowed, aside from cellphones with cameras. Staff will work with fans to bring in medically necessary items.

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