Christmas came early for Ariana Grande fans.
No,we aren’t talking about the news of their queen’s engagement to real estate agent, Dalton Gomez, but instead, the overnight drop of the ponytailed performer’s highly-anticipated Netflix concert film “Excuse Me, I Love You.” Released exactly one year after wrapping her “Sweetener” world tour, the 27-year-old called the project a “love letter to u all” in a teaser she posted on social media earlier this month.
“I know this project only captures some of one tour (out of all the other hundreds of shows and moments we have shared over the past six or seven years… jesus lol), but i just wanted to thank u all for showing me more in this lifetime already than i ever dreamed of,” she wrote.
The delicious 97 minutes includes performing her biggest bops like “7 Rings,” “Thank U Next,” and “Side By Side,” along with intimate backstage glimpses, production set up, rehearsal footage and goofy moments from life on the road.
Check out the standout six moments from the film that left us wanting more.
“God Is A Woman”
Grande gets her concert film all sexed up from the start beginning with her hit “God Is A Woman.” In the opening number, the pint-size singer dons a wine-colored ensemble with a harness bikini top with voluminous sleeves, a pleated skirt, over-the-knee boots and her signature high ponytail. In an erratic last supper sort of set up, Grande is surrounded by her dancers who engage in some very suggestive moves with each other. The steamy red lighting and moody eclipse background projection screen only added to the sultry vibe.
Grande Reacts To Trump’s Impeachment
The pop star nearly lost her s**t when in the middle of rehearsal, a crew member passed along the news that President Donald Trump had been impeached. Grande shrieked with delight and ran over to share the headline with her backup dancers who celebrated with their hands in the air. The giddy moment did come with a cheeky subtitle disclaimer that read “(too bad he wasn’t convicted -thank god biden won anyway!)”
The singer really brought the waterworks when she performed her ballad “R.E.M.” Not only did the song start out with mind-bending visual effects that recreated a larger than life waterfall that “splashed” around the entire arena, but the camera caught several audience members crying tears as they sang along with the pop star. Sans back-up dancers, Grande, now dressed in a two-piece pink ensemble that was similar to her last, seemingly really connects to her fans in this moment.
One of the best scenes in the film actually didn’t feature Grande herself, but her team who were giving some of her fans the surprise of a lifetime. Flashing back before the show began, members of the Grande camp, including her mom, scoured the audience looking for the biggest fans to upgrade to floor seats. In one extra sweet moment, one little girl named Alejandra was crying because she was afraid of heights and was quickly rescued from her nosebleed seats and taken right to the stage. Now we’re crying!
Mariah Moves Grande Is Moved To Tears
In another cool behind-the-scenes moment, Grande’s manager Scooter Braun calla her to remind her to do “the Mariah thing.” The special request came from the “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer personally asking her favorite artists to take part in a video compilation of them dancing to her holiday hit.
“I learned how to sing by mimicking her,” she told the camera. “That’s how I learned to do runs. It just means a lot to hear from her because my sound is so influenced by her and the 90s pop sound. That fact that she thought of me is very soul shaking It just means a lot as an artist and as a fan.”
Grande then can’t keep her tears in any longer. “It’s pretty cool,” she says, as she begins to cry with gratitude.
Thank U, Next
In true grande finale form, Grande saved arguably her biggest hit for last. Clad in a punk-meets-school girl plaid outfit, Grande belted out her tribute to her former flames, “Thank U, Next,” accompanied by a touching video featuring photos and videos of the important people in her life like her family and friends. As a finale treat, the audience was drenched in pink confetti while Grande and her dancers waved around rainbow LBGTQ+ flags.