Ariana Grande Brings Her Grandmother to the VMAs

VMAs 2014: Ariana Grande Brings Grandmother as Date
Ariana Grande and her grandmother
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08/24/2014 AT 08:50 PM EDT

Ariana Grande brought a super-special guest to the VMAs – her grandmother!

A photo of Grande hugging her beautiful date was posted to Instagram Sunday with the caption, "Ariana and Nonna at the Red Carpet tonight."

The pop star suffered the death of her grandfather, Frank Grande, in July, and posted several photos of him to her Instagram account.

Grande's family (and the rest of the world) has watched her progress from teen star to pop princess – she won over Nickelodeon fans as Cat Valentine on Victorious before launching her first album, Yours Truly, in 2013.

Not only will the star perform at the VMAs Sunday night, but her second album, My Everything will drop Monday.

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