While accepting the prestigious Billboard Woman of the Year award, Ariana Grande got emotional talking about the whirlwind year 2018 has been. USA TODAY


LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star's widely-viewed "God is a Woman" music video.

Representatives for Grande did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the lawsuit filed Thursday in Nevada by attorneys for Vladimir Kush and his company, Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas.

The document calls the image that appears about a minute into Grande's 2018 music video nearly identical to paintings that Kush painted and copyrighted in 1999 and 2000.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and a court order to remove the video from the internet.

The video has been viewed almost 200 million times on YouTube since it was posted last July.

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