Ariana Grande is having one hell of a year and she’s keeping a positive outlook on it. Despite Sweetner getting snubbed in the overall Album of the Year category for the upcoming Grammys, the 25-year-old singer had to fight back tears as music icon Patti LaBelle honored her with the Woman of the Year award at Billboard’s Women In Music event.
Not long after performing her No. 1 hit “thank u, next,” Grande delivered a speech reflecting on her 2018 which has brought plenty of joy and sadness to her from a whirlwind pop smash to the death of her ex-boyriend Mac Miller and her broken engagement with actor-comedian Pete Davidson.
“I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life,” Grande said. “I’m not saying that for sympathy, I’m just saying that because I think a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now … and think, ‘She’s really got her s**t together,’ you know? Like, ‘She’s really on it.’ Like, ‘She’s got it all.'”
She added, “I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter’s gonna bring, you’re not alone in that.” Tear-eyed, she continued, “Ew, I’m not gonna cry that’s really stupid … You’re not alone in that. I’m really looking forward to embracing whatever happens; whatever comes my way.”
In her closing remarks, Grande voted to put self-love and her close ones first.
“I look forward to hopefully learning to give some of the love and forgiveness that I’ve given away so frivolously and easily to men in the past to myself hopefully this year,” she said. “I have everything I’ve ever dreamt of having and as of late I’ve discovered that it’s the things I’ve always had and the people I’ve always had that still make me the happiest.”
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