It’s official: Ariana Grandetruly is the woman of the year.
The pop princess accepted the honor at Billboard‘s 2018 Women in Music Awards. She graced the stage in a short lavender dress, which she nicely paired with matching knee-high lavender boots.
Patti LaBelle presented the singer with the honor, calling her “all that and a bag of chips.”
But before the 25-year-old could take the stage, a video of artists like Pharrell and Katy Perry played, where they praised Grande’s vocal talents and onstage presence. It also touched on the “Dangerous Woman” singer’s bravery following the tragic bombing that took place at one of her concerts in Manchester, England in May 2017.
She then performed a breathtaking rendition of the chart-topping song “Thank U, Next,” after which Ariana jokingly thanked every one for attending her quinceanera. Once the crowd’s laughs subsided, Ariana began to thank the various women, managers and performers who have helped her to become the Woman of the Year. “This is really special. I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years in my career and one of like the worst years in my life,” she said, holding tears back.
Ari explained that she isn’t asking for sympathy, but to give comfort to anyone in the world who might be struggling. “I’m just saying that because I feel like a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now I guess; Woman of the Year, an artist that could be at her peak, reaching her you know, whatever, and think, you know, ‘She’s really got her shit together; she’s really on it; she has got it all’. I do, but as far as my personal life goes I really have no idea what the f–k I am doing,” she candidly shared. “So yeah, it’s been a very conflicting one. I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you’re not alone in that.”
The songstress concluded her speech by sharing her hopes for herself in the new year. Alluding to the dramatic year she experienced, Grande said, “I look forward to hopefully learning to give some of the love and forgiveness that I have given away so frivolously and easily to men in the past to myself this year.”
To see all the glamorous ladies who walked the red carpet at the Billboard Women in Music Awards, check out the gallery below!