Ariana Grande Stumbled Singing “Thank U, Next” For the First Time, but Recovered Like A Pro
These boots were made for walking, sure, but hopping on and off of chairs? Maybe not.
Ariana Grande wobbled in her stilettos when she gave her first TV performance of her latest single, “Thank U, Next” for Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Along with her besties and back-up singers, Victoria Monét, 25, and Tayla Parx, 25, Grande took to stage dressed all in white for a wedding, taking inspiration — right down to their killer choreography — from the 1996 film, The First Wives Club, starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler.
Grande teased the upcoming performance on her Instagram, sharing behind-the-scenes photos and even a short clip.
The number began without a hitch with the unofficial girl group dancing and bopping along to Grande’s emotional lyrics. However, as the “God Is A Women” singer started singing the song’s second verse on top of a chair (around 1:17, below), things took a turn for the worse. As she was stepping down in her white heeled boot, she stumbled, exclaiming, “Oh my god!" She recovered like a champ, though, laughing off the moment while continuing to sing, like it was no big deal.
With her newest song, the pop singer revisits her past romances with rapper Big Sean, dancer Ricky Alvarez, comedian Pete Davidson and rapper Mac Miller (who sadly passed away in September from a drug overdose), thanking each them for their role in helping her become the woman she is today.
The tune is not an easy one for Grande to sing, which became apparent during her appearance on Ellen. At one point during the performance, the singer got particularly emotional about a verse referencing her parents, singing through tears, “One day I’ll walk down the aisle. Holding hands with my mama. I’ll be thanking my dad. ‘Cause she grew from the drama.”
There’s no denying that Grande has had a rough year, but she seems to be handling it all with grace. Stay strong, Ari!