Songwriter for Ariana Grande defends her against criticism of appropriation

Songwriter Tayla Parx, who penned the number one hits '7 Rings' and 'Thank U, Next' for Ariana Grande, has come out in defense of the singer, who has faced accusations of cultural appropriation and biting off black artists in recent months.

Parx says critics are ignoring Grande's contributions towards helping black talent: “She’s actually supporting the black producers and writers that she works with more than some of the black artists that I’ve worked with.”

She goes on to say that borrowing from other genres like hip-hop is also not a bad thing, “I think the free exchange is important for the evolution of music. If we didn’t take from each other, genre-wise, everything would sound the same. As long as the proper credit is given, that’s the most important thing.”