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Ariana Grande explains there was a ‘problem’ with Justin Bieber duet

Ariana Grande has collaborated with Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J, but it could have been Bieber. In May, pop star Justin Bieber posted an Instagram pic of himself and the “Problem” singer together in a recording studio, creating mega buzz that the two superstars were recording a song together. But the anticipated duet turned out to be a … problem.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ariana Grande attends MTV's 'Total Ariana Live' at MTV Studios on July 2, 2014 in New York City
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In an interview posted on Thursday by the AP, Grande revealed that while she was working on a track with Bieber, it was never completed. "We were working on it. We were in the studio together ... we were going to do it, but then we both got busy," she said. "I had to focus on my stuff and he was focusing on his, and it just sort of didn't really get done."

The 21-year-old “Sam & Cat” alum added that the duet will eventually happen someday, but, sadly, not in time for her upcoming album, My Everything. (One Direction’s Harry Styles will appear on that record, which is due out later this month.)

"We feel like we owe it to our fans to do something one day,” Grande said of teaming up with Bieber. “We will finish it and put it out one day, but it just wasn't the right time."

One thing that fans can look forward to in the near future is Grande’s live performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24. MTV announced that Grande will be a musical guest at this year’s VMAs and that she will give a live performance of her brand new single, “Break Free.” And as an added bonus, her sophomore My Everything album will be released immediately after the show.

MTV clearly has a thing for Grande. The network even reprised its iconic “Total Request Live” for one day to feature the pop star princess. Dubbed “Total Ariana Live,” the show was hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway, and Grande performed an unplugged version of her summertime hit “Problem” as well as the debut of her new single “Break Free.”

“Only one artist has the power to turn the lights back on at 1515 Broadway in the iconic ‘TRL’ studios, and that’s Ariana Grande,” Charlie Walk, EVP, Republic Records told MTV.