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  • - My rocket titties made their debut here.

  • I use them all the time personally,

  • but they publicly made their debut in this video as well.

  • They're very useful though.

  • [upbeat music]

  • Hi, Allure, it's Ariana Grande.

  • And today I'm gonna be breaking down

  • some of my most iconic videos.

  • By the way, they told me to use the word iconic.

  • I didn't assume that.

  • [people laughing]

  • Head in the clouds

  • Got no weight on my shoulders

  • So this video was directed by The Young Astronauts,

  • by my friend Nev.

  • And she and I collaborated on this concept.

  • I really love the '60s.

  • I've always loved that era for glamour, for wardrobe,

  • for aesthetic, film, choreography, everything.

  • The dancing scene in this video was actually

  • inspired by "Sweet Charity," and the wardrobe,

  • it's pretty, almost identical.

  • But yeah, I really, I love that era.

  • So we had a lot of fun dipping a toe in here,

  • and then I never kinda dipped any toes out

  • for the rest of my life.

  • Also, I love Iggy's glam here.

  • I loved her makeup, I loved her hair.

  • It was funny 'cause my ponytail in this scene

  • was actually not that high or teased.

  • And like five minutes before we rolled,

  • I was like, this looks too, eh.

  • And then I just went in the mirror, and I just grabbed it,

  • and I was like, went like this.

  • And I brought it up really high.

  • And I sort of, okay, we don't need

  • a bunch of memes of me going like this anywhere,

  • but it's okay, it's too late.

  • So [beeps] it.

  • If you want it

  • Take it

  • This is one of my favorite videos.

  • This one is "Break Free," directed by Chris Marrs.

  • I had the time of my life shooting this video.

  • I loved this makeup.

  • Kris Buckle did this makeup.

  • He put a bunch of stickers from Michaels or something

  • on my face, and they definitely

  • weren't supposed to be there.

  • I think Dalina did this hair,

  • and Johnny Wujek did this wardrobe.

  • It was a beautiful, fun video.

  • I've always loved vintage interpretations of space,

  • and like what the future looks like,

  • but in the '50s or '60s,

  • I always thought that was so cool.

  • Big "Barbarella" fan, obviously.

  • I continue to channel her as much as possible.

  • There's a really cool deleted scene

  • on the internet somewhere, where we recreated

  • the who shot first scene from "Star Wars,"

  • which was really fun as well.

  • My rocket titties made their debut here.

  • I use them all the time personally,

  • but they publicly made their debut in this video as well.

  • They're very useful though.

  • ♪ 'Cause it you want to keep me

  • You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, got to

  • "Love Me Harder," 2014, featuring The Weeknd.

  • This was our first time collaborating.

  • It was really fun.

  • This concept didn't feel very personal to me,

  • as I'm sitting in a old chair in some sand,

  • and I end up in water for some reason.

  • I'm dressed as some sort of whorish kitten.

  • I love the look in it, I love the look.

  • I kinda gave up the reins here

  • and was just kind of like, go for it.

  • And then I really fought Hannah for the kitty ears.

  • I'm really glad that I did though,

  • 'cause I really like them.

  • I think it would've felt almost too serious

  • without the ears for me.

  • ♪ I'm talking to you

  • See you standing over there wit' your body

  • So this is "Side to Side," featuring Nicki Minaj, 2016.

  • We were going back and forth and back and forth about

  • what should this concept be?

  • And I remember I was on the treadmill

  • thinking and listening to my playlist

  • of what was becoming the "Dangerous Woman" album.

  • And I got to "Side to Side," and I was like,

  • why does this feel so fun to listen to on the treadmill?

  • And I FaceTimed Hannah, and I said,

  • we should be on SoulCycle bikes.

  • And she was like, [gasps], I'll call you back.

  • And then pulled together all these dope visual references.

  • She was like, you and Nikki have to be in the sauna.

  • I don't love the look with the leggings

  • and the stringy bra thing.

  • But I love the other ones.

  • I love the one on the bike.

  • The one in the leggings feels like I was forced into it.

  • I probably was. [laughs]

  • Right now I'm in a state of mind

  • This one is "No Tears Left to Cry,"

  • 2018, directed by Dave Meyers.

  • This was a really fun video,

  • simply because of how much preparation went into it.

  • The rotating set that we had to build

  • to create the first scene took so long to get used to.

  • And we rehearsed the day before, and it was so much fun.

  • I pitched Dave this idea of sort of

  • multiple fields of gravity

  • because of a game I was playing at the time

  • called Monument Valley on my phone.

  • I told him how much I love Escher's stairs

  • and stuff like that.

  • And we sort of mushed everything together

  • and created the "Sweetener,"

  • what really was sort of like the centerpiece

  • for the "Sweetener" album and era.

  • Which was this sort of play on being upside down

  • and not knowing what is right and what is up.

  • Because also personally, in my life at the time,

  • I was sort of upside down,

  • and not knowing where the ground was,

  • and not feeling very grounded or okay.

  • So yeah, I felt like that was a really nice,

  • cool way to visually represent

  • what I was feeling during those moments, really.

  • The fashion here is really fun.

  • I loved the polka dot umbrella dress, I really loved that.

  • I remember feeling so joyful in that.

  • This was styled by Law Roach.

  • And I loved these looks, I think they're so much fun.

  • You believe God is a woman

  • "God is a Woman," 2018, also directed by Dave Meyers.

  • This was such a fun video to do.

  • This was glam by Ash and Josh,

  • and styled by Mimi Cuttrell.

  • This one was so much fun because obviously

  • there are so many beautiful ways to express femininity

  • and what it is to be a woman.

  • And there's so many things to lean into as far as

  • paying homage to art that already exists,

  • and also creating our own.

  • So yeah, we had a lot of fun with this.

  • One of my favorite moments is probably

  • when I'm fingering the Earth, loved that a lot.

  • I also loved recreating the moment,

  • the Michelangelo moment, at the end,

  • because I was able to tease that we were

  • putting that in this video at the Met Gala

  • when I worked with Vera Wang on my dress.

  • I like that connection, to me, that was,

  • that felt exciting, and I felt giddy knowing.

  • And then I love that sort of watercolor [beeps]

  • that I'm swimming in, in the beginning.

  • I think it's so beautiful.

  • Alexa Meade did that art on my sort of face,

  • and hair, and boobs, and in the water as well.

  • That is not random paint, it's not a pool.

  • That's [beeps] for sure.

  • Thought I'd end up with Sean

  • But he wasn't a match

  • This is "Thank You, Next" from 2018.

  • I loved this video so much.

  • The funny thing about this is that

  • we were working on the "Breathin" video,

  • Hannah and I were in New York

  • filming the video for "Breathin."

  • "Breathin" kind of was like the tail end

  • single of "Sweetener" 'cause it kind of,

  • life thrust me into the "Thank You, Next" album era.