Ariana Grande's 'thank you, next' just broke YouTube

Brenda Watkins
December 1, 2018

After weeks of hinting, Ariana Grande has finally released her music video for "Thank U, Next". With references from Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring it On, and 13 Going on 30, the five-and-a-half minute video is a delightful romp through early-2000's cinematic iconography, and with its overtones of pink, sparkles, and retro fashion, it's as gorgeous for the eyes as it is for the ears.

Grande opens the video as Regina George from 2004's "Mean Girls".

It appears that the "thank you, next" video, which at the time of this writing has over 9 million views on YouTube, pulled in so manny commenters that YouTube couldn't keep up with them all.

She called out her boyfriends - we expected that because the clues were in the lyrics - but we didn't know she would project a very loud message to Big Sean explaining that he would "still get it".

Ariana had been teasing the video for "Thank U, Next" since the song's initial release, sharing pictures as she mimicked scenes from "Mean Girls" and "Legally Blonde".

10 best moments from Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next video
Ariana Grande says the Manchester attack "seems impossible to fully recover from". Grande's Kirsten Dunst impression during the Bring It On scenes8.

Ariana's new video dropped hours after the singer scored a third week at the top of the United Kingdom charts with Thank U, Next.

The general consensus on the net is that Grande is poking fun at the public's curiosity about her personal life by recreating the gossip sequence about ultimate mean girl Regina George.

The video also featured Legally Blonde's Jennifer Coolidge (whom Grande did a mean impression of even before this), and that exchange was one of the funniest.

Bring It On was honoured with a epic cheer-off between The Clovers and The Toros, with Grande channeling Kirsten Dunst's character Torrance Shipman. She hops out of a black Porsche with her beagle-chihuahua mix Toulouse as the pair cosplays fiercely feminine law student Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) and her loyal pup Bruiser. And, yes, there's Elle Woods' BFF Paulette. "She was the one really steering that". "He's really cute. And it was... it was really big", perhaps in reference to a certain type of "big energy" that Davidson reportedly has.

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