Ariana Grande, Max Martin Fought Over ‘Break Free”s ‘Grammatically Incorrect’ Lyrics

Ariana Grande and Weird Al Yankovic have at least one thing in common, apparently: they’re both fairly concerned about grammar.

In a new interview with Time, Grande riffed on new single “Break Free,” which doesn’t exactly have the most sensical lyrics. Apparently, the erroneous lyrics are not Grande’s fault; rather, they’re Max Martin’s.

“I fought him on it the whole time,” Grande told the magazine. “‘I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!’ Max was like, ‘It’s funny — just do it!’ I know it’s funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes.”

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The lyrics in question: “I only wanna die alive” and “Now that I’ve become who I really are.”

Eventually, Grande conceded.

“I was like, whatever, let’s do it and have some fun,” she said. “I need to shake it off and let it go and be a little less rigid and old. I’m like, 90. I need to not be that old.”


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