New York Daily News
Bette Midler supposed to present Billboard award to Ariana Grande, calls in â€˜sickâ€™ prior to event
BY MARIANNE GARVEY, BRIAN NIEMIETZ AND OLI COLEMAN Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:20 AM
Ariana Grande was honored at the Billboard Women in Music event Friday, but Bette Midler, who was supposed to present her the award, called in â€œsickâ€ to the show.
Producers had hoped to milk the fight between Midler and Grande for publicity, but instead Grandeâ€™s brother Frankie handed her the Rising Star award.
â€œIt was supposed to be a fun/funny/makeup session,â€ an insider tells Confidenti@l. â€œBut Bette got sick at the last minute and couldnâ€™t show. Both of them were on board to do it. They were going to have fun with it and be supportive of each other.â€
Last month, Midler did an interview with The Telegraph, in which she dissed Grande, saying: “It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch…looking so ridiculous. I mean it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it.”
Midler took it even further, adding â€œtrust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead.”
After Grande took the stage and shared the honor with her mom.
â€œI want to thank my mama for teaching me to work hard — and that behind every successful woman is herself,” Grande said.