Grande caps off year with Bill­board award

Waterloo Region Record - - Arts & Life -

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, rap­per Mac Miller. Last year, a bomb­ing at her con­cert in Manch­ester, Eng­land killed 22 peo­ple. “I just want to say if you’re some­one out there who has no idea what this next chap­ter is go­ing to bring, you’re not alone in that.” 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,” her first No. 1 smash on Bill­board’s Hot 100 chart, in front of the au­di­ence.

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