Ariana Grande Announces the ‘Thank U, Next’/’Sweetener’ Era Is Over With Her 2020 Grammy Performance — What’s Next?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ariana Grande arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020

Singer-songwriter Ariana Grande has taken her followers on a wild experience during the last two years or so. But now, she’s taking a well-deserved break (form of). Grande introduced the tip of this “era” of music together with her 2020 Grammy Performance. What did she carry out, and what’s subsequent for her? Here’s what we all know.

Ariana Grande put out two albums again to again

Grande has been extremely busy over the previous few years. First got here her 2018 album, Sweetener. As quickly because it was launched, issues started to vary in her life, and rapidly. Following the loss of life of her ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, she broke off her engagement with comic Pete Davidson.

Rather than again away within the face of all this unhappiness, Grande headed again to the studio, and shortly sufficient, she had a second album, Thank U, Next, which was launched in early 2019. Her followers might hardly imagine what number of unbelievable hits they bought in such a brief time period.

She then went on her ‘Sweetener Tour’

Almost immediately, Grande went out on her Sweetener World Tour in help of each albums. She started within the U.S. and Canada, touring via August, earlier than rapidly switching gears and heading to Europe via the autumn. Grande ended the prolonged tour again in North America, taking part in her ultimate present as 2019 got here to an finish.

And if that’s not sufficient, the artist had much more for her followers (who name themselves Arianators). As her tour got here to an finish, Grande introduced that she could be releasing a digital stay album, titled Okay Bye for Now (SWT Live). That’s a variety of content material!

What did Grande carry out on the 2020 Grammy Awards?

Grande kicked off 2020 with an thrilling announcement: She was scheduled to carry out on the 62nd Grammy Awards, the place she had obtained 5 nominations. The artist made this public across the identical time that Miller’s household introduced his post-humous launch, which was thought to incorporate Grande’s vocals. So many believed she would honor him on the Grammys.

When she started with “Imagine,” which is regarded as about Miller, only a few have been stunned. She then started “7 Rings” with its inspiration “My Favorite Things” from The Sounds of Music. This single was additionally anticipated, as Grande had given many hints that she’d be masking the tune (see beneath).

The singer completed her set with “Thank U, Next,” which she notably altered to incorporate a particular nod to her father, who was within the viewers.

She confirms the ‘era’ is over

Ahead of her efficiency, Grande took to social media, the place she stays involved with Arianators diligently. She was very enthusiastic about her efficiency, tweeting about her incapability to sleep within the days main as much as it and her many rehearsals.

But it was a little bit bittersweet. A fan requested, “do we end this era tonight?” Grande replied merely: “yes,” including in a couple of emojis indicating her unhappiness, in addition to a hoop (for “7 Rings”) and a field (as in boxing it up and placing it away).

What’s subsequent for Grande?

Ariana Grande arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020
Ariana Grande arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020 | Valerie Macon/AFP by way of Getty Images

So now, the query turns into: What’s subsequent for Grande? While she’s promised she’ll take a little bit of a break, there have been indicators that that’s undoubtedly not the case.

On Jan. 15, 2020, Grande tweeted, “like unless someone physically pulls me out of the booth [I] won’t stop adding things. someone come get me.” This is in line with previous sentiments that she’s at all times recording, so new music is sort of undoubtedly coming this yr.

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