Ariana’s Cinematic Tribute
How ‘thank u, next’ Became a Huge Hit
When Ariana Grande dropped her new hit “thank u, next” the day before the airing of Saturday Night Live, music consumers thought she was trying to say something about her recent break up with SNL comedian Pete Davidson. But the song isn’t just about their short engagement. “thank u, next” is a tribute to all of her exes: Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, the late Mac Miller, and Davidson. More importantly, the song focuses on her taking time for herself, which is exemplified in the music video for the singer’s fifth No. 1 hit song.
In the music video, Grande recreates four romantic comedies featuring strong female leads: Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going on 30 and Legally Blonde. In the Mean Girls section, Grande assumes the role of Rachel McAdams’ Regina George. Grande has her own version of the Burn Book, dons the iconic pink outfits and even recreates the classic “Jingle Bell Rock” dance. Momager Kris Jenner Jonathan Bennett even make a surprise appearance.
Grande takes on Kirsten Dunst’s character in Bring It On, bringing her own interpretation of the bathroom scene. Grande and her posse wear cheerleading uniforms that have the letters “TUN” on the front, which stands for “thank u, next.”
Instead of remaking the iconic “Love Is A Battlefield” or “Thriller” scenes for the 13 Going on 30 section, Grande transforms into a Jennifer Garner look-alike to recreate one of the final scenes in the film. Grande sits with the dollhouse on the steps of her character’s childhood home.
Then the camera cuts to Legally Blonde with Grande stepping out of a convertible wearing hot pink pumps. She recreates some of the movie’s most iconic styles, but it’s the salon scene with Legally Blonde actress Jennifer Coolidge that reigns supreme. In the scene, Grande puts her own spin on the iconic Bend and Snap.
The video features a slew of guest appearances, including Troye Sivan and four of her Victorious co-stars: Matt Bennett, Lindsay Lohan look-alike Elizabeth Gillies and Daniella Monet.
The week leading up to the video, Grande tweeted out hints and photos showing which films she was going to feature. The video was something everyone was talking about on social media, including the