Thanking Grande for new women’s anthem

Madisyn Lambrakis and Maddy Horn

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The infamous music video “Thank U, Next” by singer Ariana Grande was released on Nov. 30 2018. Grande included numerous hidden messages in the video, leaving her fans in awe.

In late Oct. of 2018, Grande and her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, called off their engagement. This prompted Grande to release her single “Thank U, Next”. Rather than bashing her ex, she focused on reminiscing on the good parts of her old relationships and moving on.

The video begins with different celebrities such as Kris Jenner, Jennifer Coolidge, and Troye Sivan imitating the remarkable film Mean Girls. Soon after this introduction, Grande begins to sing highlighting her soft but powerful vocals. She builds up to the famous chorus “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”.

The message Grande spreads, helps empower women across the globe to better themselves.  Grande’s song has changed the way people think about their past relationships. Rather than remembering the worst parts of their exes, she is teaching her audience to inspire the personal growth. Throughout the music video, Grande references movies with powerful female leads such as Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, 13 Going on 30, and Bring It On.

Her voice and lyrics spread a sense of empowerment to women, and to become inspired to love themselves before anyone else.  

Similarly, Beyonce wrote the song “Run the World”. The music video, like Grande’s well known single, motivates women to be the best versions of themselves and to not let men take away their individuality.

Although audacious, Grande’s music video could is awakening. Grande includes all of her exes throughout the song, highlighting what they taught her. Grande states “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”.

Overall, this music video is a way for Grande to thank her exes and emphasize the importance of personal growth. If you’re looking for a song to motivate yourself to better yourself or an anthem to play with your friends, this song is for you.

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