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All The Easter Eggs And References In Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Music Video Explained

Published on Dec 1, 2018
Ariana Grande released an epic music video for her break up and self-love anthem "Thank U, Next." We look at all the hidden meanings, Easter eggs, and movie references that even the biggest Ariana fans might have missed. She references four romantic comedies from the 2000s: "Mean Girls," "13 Going on 30," "Legally Blonde," and "Bring it On." Plus, the video features cameos from Kris Jenner to Ari's best friends and former castmates from the Nickelodeon show "Victorious." But there's so much more, and we uncover it all.
In the video, Grande embodies a main character from each film, played by Rachel McAdams, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and Kirsten Dunst.
Grande even has her own Burn Book about her exes - Pete Davidson, Ricky Alvarez, Big Sean, and Mac Miller - though she only wrote positive comments.
Famous faces include Jonathan Bennett, Colleen Ballinger, Stefanie Drummond, Troye Sivan, Gabi DeMartino, Elizabeth Gillies, Kris Jenner, Robbie Shapiro, Daniella Monet, Ari's dog Toulouse, and Jennifer Coolidge.
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  • This lady talks so slow

  • 7:00 tun means tuna In danish

  • Weird

  • ok mandella effect... i thought it was called "Suddenly 30" not 13 going on 30 !!!!

  • Copycat but I still like her l:>

  • ....I'm glad its ari instead of Aubrey ;-;

  • Music videos have easter eggs too now? Where have we come?

  • how did she get all those victorious actors? oh wait.

  • Todays youth has no taste. This tart is shallow.

  • Iconic💋

  • She also plays Sophia in 2 Broke Girls. 😏😁😁

  • Fun fact some scenes in the music video were filmed at my school and I met her

  • the baby girl means that collen baby is a girl?

  • How does she get a cultural appropriation pass? She's literally tried to change her ethnicity.

  • Ari: get it.. Big Sean: got it..

  • 1:26 wtffff

  • 4:42 "oh my god, She pushed Ellen"

  • So much makeup

  • A victorious reunion! ❤️

  • Stiffler’s mom has not aged... and the red hair girl looks exactly like Lindsay Logan

  • This just seems like common sense.

  • I’m so freaking grateful for this video, Thank u, next Thank u, next Thank u, next I’m so freaking grateful for this video 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • wait did ari cut her hair

  • And the only thing I picked up from the MV is that some of it is based on Mean Girls 😂😭

  • ok but where's avan and leon?

  • Olive 13 yasss

  • This is what I thing When she says one taught me love one thought me patience and one taught me pain I thing that was for her 3 exes

  • I don't like Ariana but I need to say that this video is totally amazing

  • Finnaly somebody says Colleen’s real name in a video instead of calling her Miranda

  • can someone give me details about BDE please? what happened to Pete, why did fans make fun of him?

  • wow my childhood

  • Thanks

  • Didnt mention the teacher from Victorious....

  • Am i the only one who thought liz was lindsay lohan 😨

  • OMG I didn't even notice anyone, until this video. Only Gabi and ariana and Elizabeth gillies

  • I never new colleen ballinger was miranda sings 😂😂😂

  • This one is for my rose as well!!

  • remember when business insider was complete trash? so glad they improved

  • This is so smart

  • At 10:37, the post man's shirt says BDE, which probably was meant to be an a short term for Blonde, because the scene is from legally blond, right?

  • They missed the part where the page in the book about Pete says HUUUUUUGE (relating to the BDE, and Ari's tweet about Pete's size), and the part where she talks with Jennifer Coolidge about the big front, with the double twist. :D And that she has Greedy or Needy on her shirt (Needy might be the title of an upcoming song).

  • Holy shit, Robbie became hot!

  • You should've included that Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx were two of the Clovers. They're two of Ariana's closest friends and also have helped write a lot of her songs.

  • you forget to talk about the movie ''The First Wives Club'' there is a clear reference to that movie, see the last scene of the movie when the 3 womans sing '' you dont own me''. Another reference to ariadna's ex's.

  • In all seriousness. Jokes aside. How in the world is this video relevant. The world is becoming more and more stupid, dumb and blind. Always feeding on crap. Grow the hell up people.

  • 04:30 The word „babygirl“ actually made me think of the Mean Girls musical where Damian says his mother called him babygirl. So it might be another reference within the Mean Girls universe, not necessarily a hint at something coming in the future, although that would be cool, too.


  • The kind of reference video you need if you were born in the 2000s lol

  • Wth??? I thought Liz's role was actually played by LiLo :( smh

  • LOTS of victorius

  • America is not winning this shit is awful

  • *_-Thank u, Next-_*

  • Taylor Swift's impact

  • They missed the chance for kris to say “you’re doing amazing, sweetie” 😭

  • I heard aubrey, too

  • Big red is the nickname for the former team Capitan.....sheesh

  • Probably because most "arianators" weren't even born when most of those movies came out.

  • Can anybody tell what's the background music? 2:07 to 2:27

  • Why is this woman talking in slow motion

  • i literately watched mean girls today🤣

  • the 7 rings plate is also a tribute to her song that's yet to be released. and the 7 rings instrumental played in the background of the start of the video.

  • She came for records and that's exactly what she got!

  • That's her first number one?

  • There was a really important Easter egg in the video that they forgot to mention, there was this one part in the video where Ariana was... *Read more*

  • Her seeing somebody else getting marry she love is justin Bieber at the end that his fiance

  • Outstanding video! Yours and hers. Wow!

  • I didnt get any of these I havent seen any of these movies

  • Iconic!


  • 7 rings is a song lol

  • I only got the Mean Girls and 13 going on 30 references... I’m a basic girl

  • Lolllll the album is called thank u, next 😂😂 have u been living under a rock?!

  • Ariana is awesome, now I just would like to see a mainstream pop album out of her and I would be thrilled

  • one you missed: the shirt shes wearing down the hallway is about one of the songs on her album Needy ( she even released the snippet and said it wont get cut from the album)

  • I think we ALL can agree that this is awesome

  • Since when is 13 going on 30 a classic??? I had no idea what those scenes were when I first saw the video.

  • 7:50 y-you called matt robbie ??

  • She is 9 months pregnant.

  • Lolita malgre moi

  • soo well thought out

  • You forgot 13 going on 30?

  • The shirt said gaby girl it’s gabys merch

  • gaby look like ariana

  • I‘ve saw all these movies but I didn‘t realize that this is based on them 😅

  • i dont know if this WORK OF ART will ever be topped... no im not talking bout bde, i talk bout success💞

  • Gonna go binge watch all these movies now

  • I didn’t think she said Aubrey so I was so confused when Troy said that

  • I can’t be the only one who thought the Christmas dancing scene was with jennette mcCurdy, Victoria justice and Elizabeth gillies?

  • 👏👏👏💕


  • Broke everything down

  • I think Arianna wrote this video script

  • Confused about the poster, some say Frankie and some say Adam Rippon (Frankie makes more sense?)

  • Ossy? It’s pronounced Aussie ffs lady 🤦🏼‍♀️

  • She’s actually nine months pregnant


  • watchomojo???? is this u??

  • I think we are ALL grateful for our exes

  • The video was amazing but I wish she would’ve done sixteen candles too!!

  • this made me cry so much because it makes me so proud