With only about a month left of 2018, we can start reflecting on one of pop music’s hottest artist of this generation, Ariana Grande. This year has definitely been a lot to handle from and for her. From her split with late, Mac Miller in May, her 4th studio album release, Sweetener, to her latest hit chart topper, Thank U, Next, Ariana has definitely made her mark on pop culture forever. As we follow the timeline of Grande’s career in 2018, there are still significant moments to point out before this year that have made Ariana the artist she is today.
Since her rise to stardom began in late 2010, after the hit Nickelodeon show, Victorious, with her playing the role of Cat Valentine, she has become every girl’s role model and beauty icon. After her release of Yours Truly, her debut album, she quickly rose to fame in 2013 and soon embarked on her first world tour named, The Honeymoon Tour. After tour was over, she was placed in the spotlight for some time afterwards. She later went to release her second and third albums, My Everything and Dangerous Woman, which put Grande on the map as she quickly rose to more fame with earning multiple Grammy nominations, one of the highest awards for musical artists. During one of her concerts in Manchester, England with The Dangerous Woman Tour, in late May, a tragedy occurred. The Manchester suicide bombing attacks occurred after the concert inside the arena, with 23 casualties, most of them being fans that attended the show. Two weeks later, she organized a benefit concert to those affected by the bombings called “One Love Manchester”, having many celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, and The Black Eyed Peas perform. As recognition for her efforts, she was named the first honorary citizen of Manchester. Afterwards, she went on with the rest of her tour after postponing a few dates to show strength, bravery, and courage to her fans. Towards the end of 2017, she became a brand ambassador for Reebok. Now that we have finished with a timeline of Ariana’s career, here’s where 2018 hits.
I would say 2018 has been her most successful year yet. Although her music was the turning point in her career this year, it seems that her romantic life was in the spotlight as well. After calling it quits with long term boyfriend, rapper, Mac Miller in May, she soon started seeing comedian, Pete Davidson. She would later go on to be engaged to him in June of 2018. More importantly, she was also promoting her upcoming 4th studio album, Sweetener, which would later on be released in August of this year. It went on to become the #1 album on iTunes and started topping charts with singles, No Tears Left to Cry, with a music video to match with hidden Easter eggs in memoriam of the Manchester events, and God Is A Woman. In September, it was reported that her ex boyfriend of two years, Mac Miller, had passed away from drug overdose. This created a big toll on everything for Ariana and her relationship with her then fiancé, Pete. She started to lay low on social media for a while and focused on spending time with family and friends. Later, it was reported that she had broken off her engagement to Pete Davidson in October of this year, inspiring her latest single that broke many records, “Thank U, Next.” Her music video for the single broke YouTube’s record for most views in the first 24 hours of release, and broke the record on Spotify for fastest song to hit 100 million streams, making her Spotify’s highest streamed female artist of the year globally. She was also then named Billboard’s Woman of The Year and received the award at the “Billboard’s Women In Music” event on December 6, 2018. The Recording Academy have also released their nominees for the 2019 Grammy’s, and Ariana Grande received 2 nominations this year for Best Pop Vocal Album, for Sweetener, and for Best Pop Solo Performance for “God Is A Woman.” As of now, she is in the process of releasing her 5th studio album titled the same as her lead single, Thank U, Next, and has released the North American tour dates for her World Tour “Sweetener Tour” in 2019. I would definitely say 2018 marks her as one of the world’s biggest pop stars of this generation and one of the LGBTQ+ community’s biggest allies. Who knows what 2019 will bring to Ariana and what she will deliver to us. As we wait for The Sweetener Tour to start off, we just have to wait and see what’s in store for next year.