Ariana Grande, cherubic pop megastar and announcement that God is a woman, has released his video for “thanks next” – an ode to all boyfriends, relationships and a broken commitment that helped her to make her as she is today.
By putting the hit to video, Grande channeled some of the best scenes from loved teenage movies and romantic comedies, including Mean Girls Bring It On 13 Going 30 and Legally Blonde . The video mashes and recreates iconic moments from the early 2000’s pleasures – Mean Girls talent show; Elle Woods goes to Harvard and teaches “bend and snap”; toothbrush site from Take it on . Many of the scenes feature cameo from so-called faces like Kris Jenner, Troye Sivan and Jennifer Coolidge.
It is the perfect mix of nostalgia and sweet, Grande pop.
Considering Grandes’s successful pop career and contagious hits like “Dangerous Woman”, “Love Me Harder” and “Break Free”, it’s surprising that “Thanks Next” is Grandma’s first number 1
on the Billboards Hot 100 chart. Like much of her music, it’s the kind of captivating ear darkness that turns into the brain and never leaves. But it also comes with a backstory that has pushed it into broader cultural consciousness.
Grande released “thanks next” in November, making it a surprise in the wake of her much-talked outbreak with Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson, who himself followed a whirlwind romance and engagement. The song, a graceful and cute kiss-off track, has since become not only a top hit but a pop culture moment.