It’s Pride Month, and Ariana Grande led her very own parade to celebrate while performing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden last night (June 18).
The 25-year-old was closing the concert with hit single ‘Thank U, Next’ when she was joined by her team of male and female backing dancers, as they all strutted down the stage waving rainbow flags in a show of love and solidarity to her LGBTQ+ fans.
As fans entered the venue, there were also seven pink balloon rings – you know, because of her song ‘7 Rings’ – each containing a different colour gem to form a rainbow.
Ahead of ‘Thank U, Next’, Grande confronted the tabloid headlines she’s been faced with over the past year, with stories of her whirlwind romance with Pete Davidson flashing across the screen. Fair play, Ariana.
And across the evening, the singer – performing the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden as part of her ‘Sweetener World Tour’ – showed her impressive vocal range with an atmospheric take on ‘God Is a Woman’, along with ‘Breathin’ and ‘Dangerous Woman’.
Of course, she also had time for ‘No Tears Left to Cry’, her first track released following the terrorist bombing that killed 22 people outside her Manchester Arena show in May 2017.
Last month, on the two-year anniversary of the attack, Grande paid tribute to the victims by posting a photo of a bee against a black screen, as the worker bee is the symbol of the city.
And she’s making her way back to Manchester later this summer, headlining Pride in August to raise money to benefit LGBTQ+ causes in the city.
She last performed there in June 2017, when she staged the One Love Manchester benefit concert for those affected by the bombing.
So, it’s fair to say it’ll be pretty emotional.