From agony to acceptance, Ariana Grande transformed


With a vocal range that transcends the musical landscape of the 21st century, Ariana Grande cultivates an angelic theme of growth and certainty within her new single ‘Thank You, Next.’

Releasing the single 30 minutes before the premiere of Saturday Night Live, where her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, displays his dark and awkward comedic talents, Grande clearly understands the definition of being shady. Though the outside public can mistake this sudden urgency of Grande as cunning, after listening to the song can they begin to realize the empowering message that boasts through.

[Verse 1]
Thought I’d end up with Sean
But he wasn’t a match
Wrote some songs about Ricky
Now I listen and laugh
Even almost got married
And for Pete, I’m so thankful
Wish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm
‘Cause he was an angel

Approximately four months ago, Grande and Davidson made the decision to go steady, warranting skepticism, along with an intense amount of publicity, surrounding their relationship. Seeing each other for only a few weeks, the couple believed their infatuation for one another to be strong, yet only to end their engagement over circumstantial reasons.

In the midst of the couple’s engagement, Grande’s ex-boyfriend and thought-provoking rapper, Mac Miller, “accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol,” according to People Magazine. Knowing about his substance abuse issues, and him being one of her best-friends, Grande would find his death to be a painful, traumatic experience of which she couldn’t handle.

Taking a break from social media would prove beneficial to Grande, as she took time to work on her fifth-studio album, which ‘Thank You, Next’ will appear on.

With the death of a close friend, and a broken relationship, Grande would remain triumphant as each of these moments in her life has taught her love, patience, and pain.

One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
Now, I’m so amazing
I’ve loved and I’ve lost
But that’s not what I see
So, look what I got
Look what you taught me
And for that, I say

You might ask yourself, why would anyone want to remember their ex?

For some, completely erasing the memories of past relationships is the path to take, but for Grande, accepting these mistakes offer a better understanding of herself; allowing her to gain a foundation of confidence and self-love.

The pop sensation clearly pens her relationships down in this song, those good and bad, to showcase the lessons she’s learned and the power of letting go. Now that she has, she can finally move past the sobbing tears and heartbreak and revel in the opportunities of the future.

Heading into the new year, Grande can slowly go beyond the troubles of her sorrow and welcome a new era of Ariana. One where, instead of gathering tissues to brush away tears, she can dust her shoulders off and find love, not within others, but within herself.  

[Verse 2]
Spend more time with my friends
I ain’t worried ’bout nothin’
Plus, I met someone else
We havin’ better discussions
I know they say I move on too fast
But this one gon’ last
‘Cause her name is Ari
And I’m so good with that (So good with that)