After releasing her incredible album "Sweetener" just a couple of months ago, Ariana Grande suddenly dropped her new song "thank u, next" out of nowhere recently - and now she's performed it for the first time ever on Ellen.
Fortunately, Ariana's friends Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx - both of whom are co-writers of the track - were serving as her backing singers, and quickly managed to make her laugh, helping her complete the performance.
At one point, Grande stood up on a chair, bopping to her song in white heeled boots, but when she stepped down, she stumbled and fell, exclaiming, "Oh my god!"
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The tune, which namechecks several of her famous exes, including former fiance, Pete Davidson, the late Mac Miller, Big Sean, and Ricky Alvarez, is a touching tribute to the past men in her life and to the woman she's become as a result. "'Cause she grew from the drama".
She moved into more emotional territory as the song progressed, holding back tears while singing about her future wedding day. It's one thing to sing the words, "I'm so fucking grateful for my ex", and it's another to really look like you mean them. "He didn't find out about Ariana's song until later, and that didn't change what he said on 'Weekend Update'".
The singer also slipped up a bit at the end when she concluded the performance by running up the stairs through the audience. Oh my bad, I thought we were supposed to exit at the top. We all love you.