Slipknot’s Jim Root Reveals He's An Ariana Grande Fan: She's 'Awesome'

By Paris Close

January 26, 2020

Slipknot's Jim Root is proud to be an Arianator.

In an interview with Joe, the heavy metal rocker revealed his love for pop music, and also shared the story of how Ariana Grande became one of his faves. "I love pop music — not necessarily modern pop music, but I was introduced to Britpop, kinda found that later on after it bloomed and happened," Root told the outlet.

"When we first started touring, we’d do these in-stores constantly, like in the UK, these crazy in-stores all over Europe… they were at the record stores that were around at the time, and they’d let you pick CDs out when we were done," he continued. "That’s when I started discovering Björk and Portishead, then Radiohead, Blur, and Oasis, that type of pop music."

Despite not being so keen on contemporary pop, Root thinks Grande's music is "awesome."

“One of the girls at our management company was listening to some Ariana Grande, and I didn’t know that that’s what she was listening to," he remembered. "I was like, ‘What is that? That’s awesome! That’s got, like, a vibe to it, you know?’ She told me what it was, and I was kind of mind blown.”

As for exactly which of the songbird's bops won him over, we'll never know. One thing's for certain, however, Root may be excited to know Grande is performing at the 2020 Grammys tonight, where she's nominated in five categories including Album of the Year.

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