Ariana Grande’s Choreographers Break Down Her ‘Last Supper’ VMAs Performance

Some 36 hours after Ariana Grande took to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night for a spellbinding performance of “God Is a Woman,” choreographers Brian and Scott Nicholson were still taking in the moment.

The twin brothers — known for their credits dancing with Janet Jackson, Kelly Rowland, Nicki Minaj, and Mariah Carey — have been prominent as head choreographers for Grande as far back as “The Honeymoon Tour,” and put together the elaborate piece featuring 47 dancers in less than three weeks. The set and lighting design were conceived by the creative mind of Leroy Bennett, who worked with Prince for 14 years and is responsible for the designs seen on tours for Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

The resulting visual of the Last Supper brought women of diverse backgrounds literally to the table, and was capped off by the inclusion of Grande’s mother, grandmother, and cousin in an elaborate production with a message of inclusiveness, and a clear presentation of Grande’s vision in the “Sweetener” single.

“It was really important to her, and Scott, and I, to make sure that we not only do a great visual, but also really make it about the power of women, the different variety of women, inclusive of all different types of women, and make a bold statement about beautiful females and what power and vulnerability they have,” Brian said.

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