Pour out the bubbly and wheel in the cake because it’s Ariana Grande’s champagne birthday. It’s no secret that the pop singer has had a tough go as of late, from losing one of her past-loves, Mac Miller, who passed away in September 2018 after an accidental overdose, to calling off her engagement with SNL star Pete Davidson in October after a quickie five-month romance. But, all this heartbreak didn’t keep the No Tears Left to Cry singer from finding a way out of the pain to create and prosper over the past year.
Let’s take a look back at what she’s managed to accomplish.
Sweetener & thank u, next
Grande released her fourth studio album Sweetener, on August 17, 2018, producing pop hits like “God is a Woman,” “Breathin‘” and “No Tears Left to Cry.” It also featured big-name artists Nicki Minaj, Pharrell and Missy Elliott and had the largest streaming week ever for a pop album by a female artist. It earned over 126.7 million audio streams in its first week and went on to win Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year at the 2019 Grammys.
In early September, Grande also announced via her instagram that she had teamed up with athleisure brand Reebok and brought back all the ’90s feels with a retro-style sneaker. In November, it was announced that Grande would be honoured as Billboard’s Woman of the Year, closing out 2018 on a high note.
Just when you thought Grande would start to take it easy she dropped thank u, next. Her fifth studio album came out and along with it, an instantly-iconic music video. She really brought the nostalgia with classic rom-com references like Bring it On, Mean Girls and Legally Blonde and cameos from celebs like Colleen Ballinger, Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels!), Troye Sivan, Kris Jenner, Charles Melton and her Victorious co-star Elizabeth Giles. According to Billboard, Grande’s thank u, next music video broke YouTube’s record for the most viewed video within the first 24 hours with over 50 million views. The video currently has over 385 million views on the streaming site.
Grande maybe one of the most celebrated singers at the moment, but she is so much more than a triple threat—she is also quite the business woman. In early May, Givenchy announced that Grande would be the new face of the brand, following in the footsteps of icons Grace Kelly and Aubrey Hepburn. Grande took to her Instagram to express her excitement about the partnership, writing, “Such an incredible honor and with a brand I love sooooo much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I’m so excited for all things ahead.”
Not only did Grande team up with multiple brands this year but her own perfume line is a huge success with, her third scent, Cloud, taking home an award for fragrance of the year.
According to Forbes, aside from breaking records in music, Grande also holds the title of most followed female on Instagram and second most followed person, after Cristiano Ronaldo. Slay queen.
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Grande is currently in the middle of her Sweetener World Tour which started in March and is expected to finish in late November. The goddess herself will be making her next Canadian stop in Toronto on June 26. So if you see her make sure to wish her, and that signature high-pony, an amazing 26th birthday!