Ariana Grande is officially the woman of the year. The “Sweetener” singer accepted the honor at Billboard’s 2018 Women in Music Awards and iconic singer Patti LaBelle was the one to present the award to Ari, referring to her as “all that and a bag of chips.” So sweet!
“This is really special. I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years in my career and one of like the worst years in my life,” the 25-year-old singer said.
The star made it a point to explain that she isn’t asking for sympathy. Rather, she wants anyone in the world who might be struggling to feel like they’re not alone.
“I’m just saying that because I feel like a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now I guess; Woman of the Year, an artist that could be at her peak, reaching her you know, whatever, and think, you know, ‘She’s really got her shit together; she’s really on it; she has got it all’. I do, but as far as my personal life goes I really have no idea what the f–k I am doing,” Ari said. “So yeah, it’s been a very conflicting one. 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.”
Oh no, here come the tears! Ariana wrapped up her speech by sharing what she’d love to see in the new year.
“I look forward to hopefully learning to give some of the love and forgiveness that I have given away so frivolously and easily to men in the past to myself this year.”
Before the star delivered her speech, a video of stars like Pharrell and Katy Perry played for the audience, in which they praised Ari’s incredible talents. It also addressed the courage she exuded after the tragic bombing that took place at her Manchester concert in May of 2017. Then, of course, she performed a gorgeous rendition of “Thank U, Next.” You go, Ari!
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