The past twelve months have been nothing short of extraordinary for Ariana Grande. The Grammy Award-winning superstar released not one, but two albums, offering fans her most personal collection of music to date. That personal look earned Grande the title of most simultaneous Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits by a female artist, following the release of her album, ‘Thank U, Next’. Ariana also became the second artist in history to hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this past February, a record previously held by the Beatles in 1964. Following Ariana’s success, the “7 Rings” singer hit the road in support of both albums. The Sweetener World Tour kicked off in Albany, New York on March 18th. The tour is slated to run through August 4th, ending in Chicago, before kicking off her European leg.
Growing up as a kid, I remember walking into an arena to see one of my favorite artist’s and finding excitement in seeing the stage for the first time. Looking around, I found that same excitement through all of the eyes of Ariana’s fans walking into the TD Garden in Boston. At a first glance, Grande’s set design captured the eyes of everyone, wondering what she might be doing throughout the show. It’s common for fans to feel distant from an artist in an arena setting, but Ariana put in the effort to get as close to her fans as possible and she did not disappoint. From the start, you can tell this tour was strategically planned out to fit Grande’s fan base, including her opening acts. Social House opened the show, hyping up the crowd with a collection of their original music. The show continued with Normani, who delivered a show stopping performance full of music spanning her growing career. While Normani took the time to perform her current radio hits including “Dancing With A Stranger” with Sam Smith, and “Love Lies” with Khalid, she didn’t shy away from her Fifth Harmony roots, giving the fans a medley of hits including “Work From Home”, “Worth It” and “BO$$”.
When the time came for Ariana to hit the stage, the energy from the crowd was unreal. As the crew pulled down the white curtain, the entire audience stood up before the house lights even went out. With everything that Ariana went through over the past couple of years, the love and support in that crowd was stronger than ever. There is a special bond Ariana has with her fans that is unlike any other, and that showed throughout the night. Ariana opened the show with an emotional, raw moment, performing “raindrops (an angel cried)”, leading into one of her biggest hits, “God Is A Woman”. Grande’s set list shined with hits from her latest album including, “bad idea”, “7 rings”, “fake smile”, “make up”, “NASA”, “in my head”, and “thank u, next”. While there was a fair share of new music, Ariana also took the time to perform some fan favorites including, “Love Me Harder”, “Into You”, “Dangerous Woman” and “No Tears Left To Cry”.
Ariana had a lot of strong moments throughout her set, but nothing vocally impressed the audience more than her performance of “sweetener”. Grande has proven to be an incredible example and role model for her fans. The love and energy that the fans give each and every night, is given right back from Ariana through this tour, it is honestly a beautiful thing to witness. There is a strong passion from these fans that fuels Grande to deliver a next level performance. Ariana’s Boston show was one to remember and this tour, in our opinion, is Grande’s best to date. The Sweetener World Tour is set to run through December 21st, ending at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information visit the links below. You do not want to miss out on your chance to experience this tour. You can also stream Ariana’s full catalog of music, including Sweetener and thank u, next, across all music platforms.
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