Af­ter a year full of tears, Ari­ana Grande comes out on top


NEW YORK - Ari­ana Grande capped off a suc­cess­ful year as a pop star - but a try­ing one as a ma­tur­ing young woman - at the 13th an­nual Bill­board Women in Mu­sic event, where she was named Woman of the Year. The 25-year-old singer was teary-eyed at times dur­ing her ac­cep­tance speech as she re­flected on her year, which in­cluded the end of her re­la­tion­ship with co­me­dian-ac­tor Pete Davidson and the death of her for­mer boyfriend, the rap­per Mac Miller.

“I want to say that I find it in­ter­est­ing that this has been one of the best years in my ca­reer and like the worst of my life,” she told the au­di­ence in New York City at Pier 36 on Thurs­day.

“I feel like a lot of peo­ple would look at some­one in my po­si­tion right now, I guess, like Woman of the Year, an artist that could be at her peak ... and think, ‘She’s re­ally got her (stuff) to­gether. She’s re­ally on it. She’s got it all.’ And I do, but as far as my per­sonal life goes, I re­ally have no idea what the (ex­ple­tive) I am do­ing.” Grande’s suc­cess­ful year in­cluded an­other No. 1 al­bum with “Sweet­ener” as well as mul­ti­ple hits, from “No Tears Left to Cry” to “God Is a Woman” to “Breathin.” She sang “Thank U, Next” in front of the au­di­ence in­clud­ing Ali­cia Keys, Dua Lipa and oth­ers.

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