Grande's 'Thank U, Next' video pays tribute to 'Mean Girls,' 'Bring it On' and old flames
WASHINGTON (SBG) - Ariana Grande's new music video "Thank U, Next" pays tribute to teen movies of the 90s and early 2000s and is packed with guest appearances and Easter eggs for her fans.
The video begins with students at a high school resembling that of the set of "Mean Girls." Each student then describes rumors they heard about the songstress. Ariana plays the character, Regina George.
"Ariana once told me my hair looked great pushed back, she's not wrong, said Jonathan Bennett," who played Cady Heron's love interest in the film.
"I heard if you record her snoring and play it backward it sounds like Fantasia," said another student says.
"Ariana once broke off an engagement...So, I found a guy to propose to me and I broke off an engagement," says Stefanie Drummond who played Bethany Byrd in the movie.
The music video is packed with plenty of Easter eggs (inside jokes or messages) for her fans that have been following the star through her break up with "Saturday Night Live" actor Pete Davidson and tragic passing of her former boyfriend Mac Miller.
The "Thank U, Next" video even includes the talent show scene from "Mean Girls" with Kris Kardashian playing Ariana's overeager mother living vicariously through her daughter's shoes.
"Mean Girls" wasn't the only teen mean girl movie Ariana paid tribute to, the bathroom teeth brushing scene from "Bring it On" was included with an actor that had a strong resemblance to her ex Davidson.
Another scene transports viewers into the nail salon scene from "Legally Blond," with Jennifer Coolidge reprising the role of Elle Wood's friend Paulette Bonafonté.
Grande's video set the new record for YouTube with 800,000 people watching the moment it went live.
To watch the video, click here. Warning the video does contain mature language and content that may disturb some viewers.