Ariana Grande's 'Sweetener Tour' Kicks Off On A High Note
By Hannah Taheri
The time has finally come. Of course, we’re talking about Ariana Grande kicking off her highly anticipated ‘Sweetener Tour’.
With only two performances of the tour under her belt so far, the singer has already received extremely high praise from a plethora of media outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Buzzfeed.
Rolling Stone called the 25-year-old’s fourth concert tour, “…full of emotional drama, iconic looks and undeniable hits.” The magazine goes on to credit the singer’s ability to bounce back with her first tour since the tragic Manchester bombing at her show in 2017 and recent loss of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.
Rolling Stone continued: “This is a star who’s fresh off two of her best albums yet, and they were released within five months of each other…as much as this tour is a victory lap, it’s also proof of life.”
Grande has not been shy in sharing her ongoing struggles with coping with the recent tragedies which turned her world upsidedown. In an emotional Instagram post a few weeks before kicking off the tour, she revealed, "i can't really fathom all that has happened over the past few years...i'm prolly gonna cry a lot...i'm still healing but i feel a lot lighter as of late and i think this [tour] is really going to be such a beautiful time."
The media has highlighted the wildly successful star’s lengthy list of fan-favorite songs on the show’s setlist. Included in the show are performances of songs such as “God is a Woman,” “7 Rings,” “Breathin,” throwbacks like “Break Your Heart Right Back,” and “Love Me Harder,” and of course the record-breaking title track of her most recent album, “Thank U, Next”.
i really dunno what to say yet. for now, thank you will suffice. a dream come true typeeaa night. i love you. so much. thank you. @alfredoflores pic.twitter.com/7CiLiusqF8— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 19, 2019
Aside from the setlist, the set itself is also impressive; being called "visually stunning to say the least," by Buzzfeed. Not to mention, Grande has already thrown in a surprise first-ever live performance of her new single with rapper 2 Chainz, “Rule the World,” for the thousands of fans attending her show in Boston. The star tweeted a photo of the pair afterwards with the message, “love u @2chainz…thanks for surprising Boston w me.”
THIS SONG #ruletheworld HAS BEEN OUT FOR TWO WEEKS 🙏🏿☝🏿🚀🔥 the show was lit !!! thank you @ArianaGrande thank you BOSTON #raporgototheleague out now !!!! Sincerely yours , Boston Toni 💪🏿 pic.twitter.com/az6LeRezMf— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) March 21, 2019
There is no telling what other kinds of surprises will be in store for us when the new queen of pop brings the show to Sacramento on May 3! Whatever she brings us, we know it will be *sweet*.