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Ariana Grande's grandmother makes history as oldest artist to chart on Billboard Hot 100

By Brooke Villanueva Published Mar 20, 2024 4:38 pm

Ariana Grande's grandmother made it to the Billboard charts at 98.

Billboard reported that Marjorie Grande, who is also known as Nonna, is officially the oldest living person to hit its Hot 100 chart since 1958 with her feature on Ariana's track Ordinary Things.

Ranking 55th on the list, Ordinary Things features Nonna giving Ariana some love advice, including never going to bed "without kissin' goodnight," as she looked back on her relationship with her late husband Frank.

With her feat, Billboard said Nonna took the title from the late Fred Stobaugh, who was 96 when the song he wrote Oh Sweet Lorraine landed on the Hot 100 chart at No. 42 for a week in 2013.

Ordinary Things is the closing song on Ariana's seventh studio album Eternal Sunshine, which she released early this month.

In an interview with radio DJ Zane Lowe, the singer shared she enjoys recording her grandma because "you never know what she's going to say."

Talking about her decision to include Nonna's voice in the song, she said, "I think it’s a little bit of, ‘Wow, our loved ones, our friends and our family have the ability to instantly just sort of soothe and calm and simplify things that are so complicated and heavy at times.'"

Aside from Ordinary Things, Nonna can also be heard in Ariana's 2013 song Daydreamin' (from Yours Truly) and her 2019 song Bloodline (from Thank U, Next). She, however, was not credited with an artist billing, according to Billboard.