Ariana Grande and more than a half-dozen songwriters were sued for copyright infringement on Thursday by a hip hop artist DOT who says the pop star's 2019 Grammy-nominated single "7 Rings" was plagiarized from a song he recorded two years earlier.
Josh Stone, who performs under the moniker DOT, says in his lawsuit, filed in US District Court in New York, that "highly regarded musicology experts" have concluded that Grande's hit copied his song "You Need It, I Got It."
"Indeed any comparative analysis of the beat, lyrics, hook, rhythmic structure, metrical placement and narrative context, by musicology experts or everyday listeners alike, demonstrates clearly and convincingly that '7 Rings' copied 'I Got It,'" Stone's attorneys said in the court papers.
Watch the music video of Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" here
Watch the music video of DOT's music video "You Need It, I Got It."
Representatives for Grande, who is nominated for five Grammys at the awards show on 26 January, including two for "7 Rings," did not immediately respond to a request by Reuters for comment.
The 26-year-old superstar's record label, Republic Records, also could not be reached for comment on Thursday afternoon.
"7 Rings," which gives songwriting credit to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein because it borrows from their classic "My Favorite Things," and from the 1959 film "The Sound of Music," – spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard charts after it was released in February of last year.
The song has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, including "record of the year". In addition to Grande, Rogers and Hammerstein, songwriting credits are listed for seven other people on the track, including three producers.
Stone says in his lawsuit that he recorded "I Got It" in New York in January 2017 and that summer pitched the song to executives with Universal Music Group, including Thomas Brown, who has worked with Grande on all five of her albums.
According to the lawsuit Brown showed interest in the song and told Stone he was "exploring opportunities" for the two men to work together.
Universal Music Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In addition to monetary damages, Stone seeks to bar Grande from performing "7 Rings" in the future and deliver up all copies of the song for destruction.
Grande, who appeared on Broadway and in the Nickelodeon television series "Victorious" as a teenager before becoming a top-selling pop star, is expected to perform at the upcoming Grammy Awards.