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Ariana Grande Reflects on Album 'Thank U, Next' As It Turns 1

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By Julia Duda

2019 was an eventful year for Ariana Grande. After a tumultuous 2018, the singer spent a great deal of the following one focusing on herself and her music. And it certainly paid off -- Ariana released her fourth album, Thank U, Next on February 7th, 2019. The album was adored by both fans and critics, and even got the singer five Grammy nominations. Though Ariana didn't walk away with any wins, she still feels incredibly sentimental about her popular album on the one-year anniversary of its release.

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Ariana posted a touching tribute to the album on her Instagram. "Happy birthday thank u next," she began the post. "Making this project with so many dear friends quite literally saved my life and gave me the courage to be vulnerable and be honest with people. thank u for making me feel heard, safe and incredibly human." Ariana had been going through a rough period in her life when she started work on this album -- she'd just broken up with Pete Davidson, and her ex Mac Miller had recently passed away.

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"It is nice (and so healing) to know that I don’t have to hide behind a weird, polished pop star facade and that i’m able to connect with so many people over my truths and pain," Ariana continues in her post. "I know that should have clicked for me sooner but it didn’t and i want to thank u for showing me first hand that it is okay. all of it." While this is certainly not Ariana's first successful album, many fans felt that it was finally an album that really honed Ariana's style and reflective nature.

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Fans were thrilled when Ariana announced that she was working on a new album, because it came incredibly shortly after she released her fourth album, Sweetener, in 2018. Ariana released the first single off the new album -- "Thank U, Next" -- in November of 2018, just a few months after Sweetener's release. Ariana had been going through a great deal of turmoil in her personal life; from breaking up with Pete Davidson to mourning the loss of Mac Miller, Ariana channeled her pain into the album, as she reflects on in her tribute post.

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And, of course, fans are now wondering when they can expect new music from Ariana, which she addresses in her post: "I have been writing and creating a lot lately and it feels nice. i am in no rush to pop anything out of the oven yet !! but i do look forward to this new chapter and sharing more stories/life with u." We'll just have to patiently wait for whatever Ariana will release next -- but if Thank U, Next is any precursor, it's going to be a hit!

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