Ariana Grande’s New Music Video Includes a Touching Tribute to the Manchester Victims
Ariana Grande surprised fans with a return to social media this week after a lengthy hiatus, and just as the singer’s cryptic messages hinted, her new single “No Tears Left to Cry” dropped on Friday, April 20. The music video for the song — which was more than worth the wait — includes a subtle tribute to the Manchester bombing victims who lost their lives at her May 2017 concert.
The gorgeous, sci-fi-esque video was directed by Dave Meyers, whose impressive resume includes recent work with Camila Cabello and Kendrick Lamar. At the very end, a bee flies into the right-hand side of the frame, no doubt a nod to the Manchester victims. Following the devastating bombing, Grande and many of her crew, as well as fans, got tattoos of a bee, the symbol of the UK city, to honor the victims.
The new single is a triumphant return for the 24-year-old, with her unmistakable and powerful voice front and center and lyrics that pack an emotional punch. It’s her first new music since the tragic Manchester event, which claimed the lives of 22 fans. Following the bombing, the singer supported the survivors by visiting them in the hospital, pulling together a massive benefit concert, and donating all proceeds from her heart-wrenching cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the victims.
So far, no plans have been announced for a new album, but it seems like those details can’t be far behind.
What do you think of Ariana Grande’s new single? Let us know @BritandCo!
(photo via Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love Manchester)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!