Ariana Grande has a certified hit on her hands with “thank you, next,” an infectious bop shaping up to be her first No. 1 single on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart.
In addition to the catchy hook, the song also draws listeners in with references to all of Grande’s most significant exes: rapper Big Sean, dancer Ricky Alvarez, comic Pete Davidson and rapper Mac Miller. In the song, Grande explains while she’s grateful for all they taught her, she’s moved on and chosen “Ari” aka herself.
Grande performed the song live for the first time on Wednesday (November 7, 2018) on “The Ellen Show,” where she gave an emotional performance (she teared up with a line referencing her father) that included a near stumble while she was stepping down from a chair.
She noted on Instagram that the set as well as the costumes worn by her and her back-up dancers, Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx, were inspired by a closing scene in the film First Wives Club.
Below check out her performance of “thank you, next” along with “breathin”
“thank you, next’