Ariana Grande says a tearful goodbye to her 'Sweetener' world tour, drops her first live album
Ariana Grande said "Thank U, Next" on the last day of her "Sweetener" world tour with her first live album.
"K Bye for Now (Swt Live)," released Sunday night following the conclusion of her final tour stop in Inglewood, California. The pop star has been on the road for the past nine months, promoting both her 2018 album "Sweetener" and 2019 followup "Thank U, Next."
The live album features all Grande's new notable hits from the past two albums, as well as a handful of fan favorites from "Dangerous Woman" (2016), "My Everything" (2014) and "Yours Truly" (2013).
The finale was an emotional one for Grande: The singer, 26, was recorded by fans bursting into tears as she gave a farewell address to fans.
"This would not have gone the way it did without you and I love you so much," she said. "Thank you for traveling around the world to see me. I know some of you guys flew all over the (expletive) place to see me. Like, what? Why? What? Thank you. And why? I love you. This has been amazing. Thank you so much."
Grande also thanked her crew backstage.
"It just takes so many people to do something like this and I'm really grateful to everyone involved and everyone here," Grande said. "You guys have become family... It's a lot to be away from your home and your family for this long and no one ever has a bad (expletive) attitude."
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Grande's manager, Scooter Braun, met her backstage after the show to give her a hug. The music exec wrote a lengthy Instagram post Sunday congratulating the pop star and crediting her with the idea to put out a live album.
"You did it. I know all the hard nights. I know all the pain and the struggle. I remember all our talks and I also know it was Your decision and Your strength that got you through it," Braun wrote. "You are exactly who you claim to be. You not only did it... you found your joy again with the fans night after night. You found your joy in your family and friends. You found your joy in your music. And in turn you brought us all.. millions of us.. joy. Proud is not the word for what I feel. This is more than that."
Over the course of the tour, Grande fans have had the opportunity to register to vote inside concert venues with the help of HeadCount, an organization that combines voter registration with live entertainment events.
Just days ago, the Sweetener tour broke the nonprofit's record for the "most voter registrations and actions," with over 33,000 participants.
"i’m so incredibly proud of my fans for engaging in this," Grande tweeted Thursday. "thank u so much for investing in our future and for committing to making a change together."
Those registering to vote over the course of the tour got a light purple "Just Registered" sticker (reminiscent of the "I Voted" ones offered on Election Day) and could pose in front of a backdrop with the hashtag #ThankUNextGen.
"You like my rights? Gee, thanks, just voted," one sign read, parodying Grande's now-iconic "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it" line in the song "7 Rings."
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