Ariana Grande Named Billboard’s 2018 Woman Of The Year 

Andie Manahan

November 7, 2018

2018 has been a rollercoaster year for Ariana Grande.

 

Billboard has just named the 25-year-old superstar 2018’s Woman of The Year on Tuesday (November 6). She’ll be receiving the honor in person on December 6, at the 13th annual Women in Music dinner and award gala in New York.

 

Billboard’s Vice President of Content, Ross Scarano, says of the singer: “Ariana Grande is a star on her own terms, never bending to any particular musical trend or path in the industry. Certain in her convictions, she consistently stands up for herself and her decisions in a world that often isn’t hospitable to that sort of strength in young women. She’s got guts, she’s making some of the best music of her career, and she’s absolutely deserving of Woman of the Year.”

 

The announcement comes on the heels of the success of her chart-topping Sweetener album. She is known for supporting causes like mental health awareness, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and Black Lives Matter. And she has remained a beacon of positivity to her fans through her many huge ups and downs in matters of the heart.

 

Earlier this week, the “God Is A Woman” singer dropped a song about her exes and all that she’s learned from her relationships. Her hot new track “Thank U, Next,” is no diss track about her former flames – in fact it’s the opposite. The song has taken the charts by storm – and broken Spotify’s record for “biggest single day for a female artist in Spotify history.”

 

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And, there’s more exciting news! She’s premiering her first-ever live performance of “Thank U, Next,” on The Ellen Show’s Wednesday (November 7) episode! Both the singer and the host teased about it on social media.

 

Ari and her friends struck a pose wearing all-white ensembles – a nod to the artist’s fave movie, The First Wives Club. She captioned the post “first wives club 2018 …… @theellenshow tomorrow 🖤.” She also gave a shout out to her co-writers and back-up singers, writing “i love you @victoriamonet @taylaparx … thank u, next,” and tagged The First Wives Club stars Dianne Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler!

 

 

Ellen shared a snippet of the performance, which also featured a sneak peek at the stage decked out like a wedding reception – another nod Ari’s favorite movie. (In the final scene, Dianne, Goldie and Bette bust out a show-stopping performance of “You Don’t Own Me” at, you guessed it, a wedding reception.) “@ArianaGrande is performing exclusively tomorrow. thank u, ariana. thank u, next,” the host announced.

 

 

Ari totally slayed onstage – even with a minor slip. During the performance, she climbed on top of a chair in her sky-high stiletto boots and got the crowd going. As she was coming down, she momentarily lost her balance and let slip an “oh my god.” But it’s all good – and ever the consummate performer, Ari just laughed it off and went right on singing.

 

Brava!

 

She also got a bit emotional, seemingly tearing up as she sang the lines of the final verse: “One day I’ll walk down the aisle / Holding hands with my mama/ Only wanna do it once, real bad / Gon’ make that s–t last.” But she managed to collect herself and finished the performance strong.

 

Fans can check out the full performance of “Thank U, Next” on Ellen.

 

But, even with all the highs of success, Ari is also going through some pretty deep lows. It’s been two months since Mac Miller’s untimely death and she continues to mourn the rapper.

 

On Saturday (November 3), a fan sent her a video of an Instagram Live that Mac had recorded back in August. In the video, Mac was listening to her song “R.E.M.” At the time, she and the rapper had already parted ways, and Ari was already engaged to Pete.

 

The “No Tears Left To Cry” songstress has never been one to mince words, but her short replies convey her raw emotions. “His voice and laugh,” she wrote in response to the video. “He is supposed to be here.” She also thanked the fan for finding the video.

 

 

 

 

Ari has already opened up about seeking therapy to cope with pain and trauma. Responding to a fan who asked about her therapist, she tweeted, “In all honesty therapy has saved my life so many times. If you’re afraid to ask for help, don’t be. U don’t have to be in constant pain & u can process trauma. I’ve got a lot of work to do but it’s a start to even be aware that it’s possible. 🖤.”