Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Ariana Grande Trips, Tears Up In Delightful 'Thank U, Next' Performance

Ariana Grande Trips, Tears Up In Delightful 'Thank U, Next' Performance

She dressed in a sort of pop-star permutation of a wedding dress, and she and her two backup singers did a heavily choreographed routine that, from what I understand, was based on the 1996 movie The First Wives Club, even though Grande has never been anyone's wife.

Ariana Grande was in attractive voice if not necessarily graceful presence during her world premiere performance of "Thank U, Next" on "Ellen" Wednesday morning. The song begins, "Thought I'd end up with Sean / But he wasn't a match / Wrote some songs about Ricky / Now I listen and laugh / Even nearly got married / And for Pete, I'm so thankful / Wish I could say "thank you" to Malcolm / 'Cause he was an angel".

Midway through the song, she climbed on top of a chair and stumbled as she stepped down from it, but she literally laughed it off, breaking up the verse with an "Oh my god" and laughing during a couple of the following lines.

To her credit, Grande doesn't slam Davidson or any of her exes on the track.

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But, just as the song says, Grande knows how to handle the pain. "Holding hands with my mama", she sang, through tears. The trio eventually made their way through the audience before exiting from the back. She has reached the celebrity realm where she can fuck up and it makes us like her more. "We're happy that you came back", Ellen said before announcing that everyone was going home with a copy of Ariana's album, Sweetener.

Grande, who memorializes Miller as an "angel" on the track, recently paid tribute to him online after a fan sent her a video of the late rapper listening to her song "R.E.M".

Watch Grande's performance of "thank u, next" on Ellen above.

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