The "Side to Side" singer's adorable Nonna joined her at the music awards for the second consecutive year

By Jeff Nelson
November 20, 2016 07:55 PM
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We’re so “Into” Ariana Grande‘s adorable 2016 AMAs date!

The Artist of the Year nominee — who is dating singer Mac Miller — walked the red carpet solo Sunday night, but there’s no “Problem” in their relationship.

“My boyfriend’s on tour,” Grande, 23, explained to E! News‘ Jason Kennedy during the American Music Awards pre-show red carpet.

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Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty

While her beau is busy working, the singer — who wore McQueen trousers and a vintage lingerie top — did receive a special surprise when she arrived at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.

“My Nonna just surprised me in my dressing room!” Grande said. “I posted on Instagram that I missed her. She was my date last year — 10 minutes later she walked in my door. How sweet is that?!”

Indeed, the starlet’s grandmother, Marjorie “Nonna” Grande, was the biggest breakout at the 2015 AMAs, where she posed for photos with her famous granddaughter and grandson Frankie Grande, and inspired a slew of memorable memes.

Earlier in the evening, Grande shared a throwback shot from last year’s show, writing, “queen of #AMAs !!!! thinking of you today & missing you. see you soon QM.”

And sure enough, Grande shared another photo shortly after Nonna arrived. “omg………. this queen just walked right in ten minutes after my last post to surprise me. my heart. ? I love you.”

In addition to being up for the night’s top title, Grande — who will appear in NBC’s Hairspray Live! on Dec. 7will perform “Side to Side,” her new hit single with longtime collaborator Nicki Minaj.

“I love Nicki,” she said. “This is our third song that we’ve done together, and it’s one of my favorites on the album. She’s just a really good friend to me. We make a lot of good songs together.”