From Pete Davidson's blink and you miss it cameo to her moving message about Manchester, here's how Grande let fans into her world.
Ariana Grande gave her fans a behind-the-scenes look into her life with a brand new, four-part YouTube docu-series.
Featuring a glimpse into the making of her latest album, "Sweetener," her most recent tour and her momentous One Love concert in Manchester, "Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries" was almost everything her biggest followers wanted a better look at.
Why almost? Well, the focus is certainly not on her personal life, which dominated the headlines this year. Instead, we get one minor glimpse at Pete Davidson, while the rest is really focused on the music.
The first episode is available for free right now on YouTube, with the three additional episodes streaming for YouTube Premium subscribers now. They'll eventually be released wide every Thursday for the next three weeks.
While a lot of the footage is of Grande's stellar concert performances, there are also some interesting tidbits about Ariana to be learned by watching all four episodes. We broke down some of the best gems below!
While she is seen wearing her engagement ring from Pete throughout the series, he only pops up once. He can be spotted cheering for her in the background near the end of the first episode, after her performance of "God Is a Woman" at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
Grande feels "Sweetener" is exactly the music she should be making. "I don't feel like I stepped out of my comfort zone, I feel like I found it," she explained. The singer went on to say that working with Pharrell on the album was "dope" and he was "always down to push you places you've never been before." She added, "I feel like I have worked a long time to solidify my sound and I feel like it's more solid than ever."
Ariana freaked out when Madonna's audio cameo on "God Is a Woman" first came in. The pop icon can be heard reciting scripture from Ezekiel 25:17 in the finished song. "So today's a really stellar day," a giddy Grande explained. "Madonna, she gave us seven takes, not one but seven. And I, um, I don't have words. Gonna cry myself to sleep. Guys, life doesn't get better than this, I swear to God."
Before having her record label hear the finished album, Grande flew in a superfan from Paris to sign off on it first. She later held a "Sweetener Slumber Party" with a group of fans, letting them hear it before it was released as well. "I'm always curious to hear what my fans have to hear about my music, I feel like we have such a close bond, connection," she explained.
That VMA performance of "God Is a Woman"? Grande said she "was riding on the treadmill" when she came up with it. With that, some calls were made to her team and the "Last Supper"-inspired routine was created. After someone in her crew suggested her mother, grandmother and cousin join her on stage at the end, Grande said she cried. Meanwhile, Grande said her "Nona was like, 'It's about time you asked me!'"
In one of the more candid moments at the very end of the first episode, she has an urgent request for her dancers. "Alright ladies, I have a question, can you do me a solid. I know one of y'all has a tampon," she asks.
While getting her hair did backstage at one of her shows, the high pony-loving performer joked that the "nerves in my scalp are just like, 'Whatever.'" She added, "They're just giving up at this point. I used to get headaches, now it's just like [throws up arms], 'Good work today.'" She also revealed she once had a frightening vision of all her hairs just "flying away."
Her photo for her visa documentation is one taken at the 2015 Grammy Awards, with a blouse Photoshopped on. She laughed, adding, "I don't know how that's going to work. They photoshopped suits onto all my dancers!"
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Her dog Toulouse was the "king of the tour," following her around everywhere she went. "It's so wild, he walks around the venues, no leash, no anything and he's good," she explained. "There is not a time that boy is not by my side. he's like my shadow, he's my best friend, he's my companion."
When the special got to the One Love concert in Manchester -- replaying her performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from the tribute show -- Grande shared an on-screen letter in the doc instead of narrating. Below is what it read, in full:
It's been eight months since the attack at our show at the Manchester Arena. It's impossible to know where to start or to know what to say about this part. May 22, 2017, will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life.
Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I've ever known. Music — pop music, stan culture — is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves. It is comfort. It is fun. It is expression. It is happiness. It is the last thing that would ever harm someone. It is safe.
When something so opposite and so poisonous takes place in your world that is supposed to be everything but that … it is shocking and heartbreaking in a way that seems impossible to fully recover from.
The spirit of the people of Manchester, the families affected by this horrendous tragedy, and my fans around the world have permanently impacted all of us for the rest of our lives. Their love, strength, and unity showed me, my team, my dancers, band, and entire crew not to be defeated. To continue during the scariest and saddest of times. To not let hate win. But instead, love as loudly as possible, and to appreciate every moment.
The people of Manchester were able to change an event that portrayed the worst of humanity into one that portrayed the most beautiful of humanity. "Like a handprint on my heart" … I think of Manchester constantly and will carry this with me every day for the rest of my life.
- Grande got very emotional at the last soundcheck of the tour, crying on stage with the entire crew. Speaking of their time on the road, she said, through tears, "It's been so many things so all of us. When things were bad and when everyone was kind of heartbroken and tired and sad, we like wished it to go faster. So now that it's here, it's horrible."
Be sure to check out every episode of the series as they drop every Thursday -- all the performances are well worth a watch!