Reigning pop queen Ariana Grande dropped her highly anticipated album overnight Friday after slamming the producer of the Grammys for "lying" about her decision not to perform at music's biggest night. Recent reports indicated Grande pulled out of the show after creative conflicts, and long-time producer of the show Ken Ehrlich told The Associated Press the reason was that the singer felt it was "too late to pull something together".
On Twitter, Grande took the opportunity to thank her fans for their support: "i love y'all. i hope u enjoy this album. this music, you guys and my friends saved my life. love u. sry. iight bye".
The album comes after the "Thank U, Next" singer cancelled her performance at Sunday's Grammy awards in California in America.
Ariana Grande's song "thank u, next" isn't just an anthem to ex-lovers ― it was also a warning that she had another album coming.
The past six months have been particularly eventful and emotional for Grande - themes she confronts on her new 12-track album, named after the immensely relatable breakup song she released on the heels of her broken engagement to comedian Pete Davidson. It's about art and honesty. Grande's "thank you's" seem like genuine appreciation for the ways her previous relationships have helped her grow into the person she is now. Not politics. Not doing favours or playing games. Some people think it's a drag but we'll let you decide.
The "Thank U, Next" singer dropped a new album of the same title on February 8, and delivered a music video as well!
While Ariana won't be there, the Grammys will still feature performances from Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Post Malone and Janelle Monáe.
Rappers Kendrick Lamar and and Drake lead the nominations with eight and seven nominations respectively. Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Childish Gambino are also up for a handful of awards, with female performers boasting a heavy presence in top categories after being largely snubbed a year ago.
Joan tweeted: "I agree with you Ariana, I'm so proud of you..."