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

El Dorado News-Times - - Fun & Games -

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. Last year, a bomb­ing at her concert in Manch­ester, Eng­land killed 22 peo­ple.

"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."

"It's been a very con­flict­ing one," she added. "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 in­clud­ing Ali­cia Keys, Dua Lipa, mu­sic ex­ec­u­tives and hon­orees like Cyndi Lau­per and Janelle Monae.

Patti La­Belle praised Grande for her strong vo­cal abil­ity be­fore hand­ing her the award, and the night was full of sim­i­lar mo­ments as women up­lifted one an­other.

Coun­try singer Kacey Mus­graves kicked off the event with a soft per­for­mance and won the In­no­va­tor Award. Monae, who came out as pan­sex­ual this year, re­ceived the Trail­blazer Award and said a fan re­cently told her that lis­ten­ing to her al­bum, "Dirty Com­puter," en­cour­aged her to come out to her fam­ily.

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