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19th of December 2018

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Ariana Grande drops ‘Thank U, Next’ video and it’s a fun throwback

Following the release of the viral teaser trailer, Ariana Grande dropped the official music video for her latest smash hit, Thank U, Next on Friday afternoon.

The video pays homage to many cult-teenage comedy films that dominated the 2000s, including: Bring it On (2000), Legally Blonde (2001),13 Going on 30 (2004) and the unforgettable Mean Girls (2004).

Grande recreates a variety of iconic scenes from the teen classics so closely that you could be fooled into thinking it’s the real thing. Not only that but there’s a huge variety of celebrity cameos sure to induce a hearty chuckle.

WATCH: Ariana Grande treats her listeners with a blast from the past in Thank U, Next

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Arianators are struggling to decide which of the dozen cameos were their favourites.

From the sass of Troye Sivan, to Lindsay Lohan’s look-alike Elizabeth Gillies, or Grande’s Victorious co-star Matt Bennett to a very pregnant Colleen Ballinger, fans were treated to a number of hilarious Easter eggs.

Even Mean Girls alum Jonathan Bennett returns to the screen to reprise his role as the high school sweetheart in a less-than-subtle callback to the original.

But enlisting Kris Jenner for a special guest appearance was possibly the greatest decision she could have made. Fans were most amused by this.

kris jenner as regina’s mom in the thank u next music video is the best casting done in recent years. take notes hollywood

— Asia Jackson (@aasian) November 30, 2018

Kris Jenner has to be my favorite thing about the thank u, next video. What an icon.

— Jordan Doww (@JordanDoww) November 30, 2018

Jenner as Joan Grande playing Regina George’s mother originally played by Amy Poehler, what’s not to love?

The iconic Mean Girls‘ Jingle Bell Rock scene is somehow made even more memorable when Jenner says, “Thank you, next, b***h.”

Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Thank U, Next is Grande’s first single from her upcoming album of the same name. The song is a thank you letter to her past lovers, but ultimately a polite sendoff to her past, marking a new era for both her music and her supporters.

the thank u, next video is the most iconic thing I’ve ever seen and u can’t tell me I’m wrong. we don’t deserve Ariana.

— jasmine likens (@jasmine_likens) November 30, 2018

The hit topped the U.S. charts upon debut and was the 32nd in history to ever do so. It recently became the fastest song ever to reach 100 million streams on Spotify.

Ariana Grande as Elle Woods from ‘Legally Blonde’ in the ‘Thank U, Next’ video which premiered on Nov. 30, 2018.

Ariana Grande as Elle Woods from ‘Legally Blonde’ in the ‘Thank U, Next’ video which premiered on Nov. 30, 2018.

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Grande will return to the stage in 2019 to celebrate Sweetener and her forthcoming album, Thank U, Next. The world tour will commence with a 42-date leg across North America, spanning from March to June of 2019.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the official Ariana Grande website.

Canadian Sweetener 2019 tour dates

April 1 — Montreal, Que. — Bell CentreApril 3 — Toronto, Ont. — Scotiabank ArenaApril 25 — Edmonton, Alta. — Rogers PlaceApril 27 — Vancouver, B.C. — Rogers Arena

adam.wallis@globalnews.caFollow @adamrwallis

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