16 Easter Eggs In The “Thank U, Next” Music Video You Might’ve Missed
I said: Brrr, it’s cold in here. There must be some Sweetener in the atmosphere. Ariana Grande‘s epic music video for “thank u, next” is everything we’ve ever wanted. The Sweetener songstress recreated the best female-empowerment movies of all time (Bring It On, 13 Going On 30, Legally Blonde, and Mean Girls, obviously) in honor of her surprise not-a-diss track, which broke streaming records and is nearing a month on top of the Billboard Hot 100. A true icon, Ariana decided to recreate all of our teenage dreams and live in the rom-coms that shaped every woman between the ages of fourteen and thirty into the strong, well-dressed icons we are. After weeks of Instagram teasers, Ariana finally released the music video and it lived up to the hype.
The music video is clearly filled with references, from her co-writers and backup dancers appearing as the East Compton Clovers to Jonathan Bennett (the O.G. Aaron Samuels) re-living his Mean Girls glory days, but did you know her first performance of the song on The Ellen Degeneres Show was also a movie homage, this time to Ariana’s favorite movie, The First Wives Club? Or that there are pictures of Ariana behind the beauty salon chairs? Are you now wondering what other “thank u, next” music video easter eggs you missed, but don’t have time to obsessively watch it nineteen times like we did? Don’t worry, after painstaking research, we’ve compiled this list of every hidden reference in the video you might’ve missed, so you can watch it again and know exactly what’s up. H2GKMO.