Ariana Grande is a big fan of the singer who made Love Me Tender famous, the one and only Elvis. Her background photo on Twitter is of Elvis cradling his Viva Las Vegas co-star, actress and singer Ann-Margret. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ariana is singing a modern version of Love Me Tender – Love Me Harder, featuring Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd (aka Abelxo, aka Abel Tesfafye).
Elvis was known to shock and awe his screaming mobs of female fans by shaking his hips but Love Me Tender was, well, tender. “Love me tender, love me long, take me to your heart. For it’s there that I belong, and we’ll never part.” It’s a Romeo and Juliet kind of vibe. In Ariana’s Love Me Harder, The Weeknd sings: “And if in the moment you bite your lip, When I get you moaning you know it’s real, Can you feel the pressure between your hips?, I’ll make it feel like the first time.”