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

  • Loading...
  • Published on:  Saturday, December 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.

    Read more:


    INSIDER is great journalism about what passionate people actually want to know. That’s everything from news to food, celebrity to science, politics to sports and all the rest. It’s smart. It’s fearless. It’s fun. We push the boundaries of digital storytelling. Our mission is to inform and inspire.

    Subscribe to our channel and visit us at:
    INSIDER on Facebook:
    INSIDER on Instagram:
    INSIDER on Twitter:
    INSIDER on Snapchat:
  • Source:


  • lencie wtf

     (Dec 1, 2018)

    *victoria justice has left the chat*

  • レインボーちゃんrainbow* chan

     (Apr 16, 2019)


  • Esra Kaderli

     (Mar 12, 2019)

    lencie wtf you show to watch people who don’t like Ariana Grande

  • Amy Sargent

     (Dec 2, 2018)

    Does Aaron samuels not age I don’t understand

  • Isla Bohan

     (May 5, 2019)

    Amy Sargent ikr

  • Alison Brenner

     (Apr 20, 2019)

    Yay 1k like

  • Eric Champlin

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    I used to not be the biggest Ariana Grande fan, but over the last year she has gained so much respect from me. Rock on girl!

  • ohmygodohmygodohmygod

     (Dec 23, 2018)

    +I'm just daniela ( • w • )

  • I'm just daniela

     (Dec 23, 2018)

    +ohmygodohmygodohmygod your profile picture i

  • Madnation

     (Jan 20, 2019)

    7 rings in the licence plate actually stands for her new song "7 Rings"

  • Isla Bohan

     (May 5, 2019)

    Madnation exactly

  • Vegan Sandwich

     (Apr 19, 2019)

    Madnation I know that idiot

  • rawrellia

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    okay so no one's gonna talk about matt's glo up like I-

  • KC Kat

     (Dec 8, 2018)

    Last time I heard about him he had a vid out where he wanted some women to demolish him or some kinky shit? Idk I could be wrong but that’s a while ago

  • americas favourite fighting frenchman

     (Dec 7, 2018)

    You know who wHERE IS HE THOUGH? i can’t find him :(

  • If you sub to me you will gain absolutely nothing

     (Dec 1, 2018)

    This ariana grande person is really talented. She should be a singer

  • Aabha the Taco Taco

     (Apr 23, 2019)

    No I think she should be an actor

  • Crystal Velenosi

     (Mar 5, 2019)

    Girl she’s already a singer.👧🏻👩‍🎤👨‍🎤

  • Sunflower Dazin

     (Dec 2, 2018)

    2 of those black girls Victoria & Tayla(who co wrote this) playing the east Compton clovers are also her best friends not just her “back up dancers “ as you stated. They both also danced with her on Ellen when she first performed this & she tags them on ig all the time as her best friends..just thought you’d like to know so you can better reference them going forward.

  • Rafaella Georgiou

     (Mar 8, 2019)

    They are not even back dancers like wtf?😂 They have co- produced and co -written some of her hits

  • Destiny Dawson

     (Dec 5, 2018)

    Thank you!!

  • Tony K.

     (Dec 9, 2018)

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

  • Keira May

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    Tony K. Miranda

  • Taekook is life

     (Feb 2, 2019)


  • Alyssa Carner

     (Dec 2, 2018)

    Also Kris Jenner also was a reference to the “you’re doing amazing sweetie” and Victoria monet is one of the cheerleaders as well and she wasn’t a backup dancer but another singer that she’s very close with and opened for her on the America leg of her dwt.

  • Federico antonio Rosario

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    Alyssa Carner

  • Neeshpeesh123

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    Why the narrator reading so slow?

  • 「Skylar」

     (Jan 6, 2019)

    Neeshpeesh123 I put it on 1.25 speed lol

  • Mason Wu

     (Dec 5, 2018)

    I put it on 1.5, and still thought it was too slow.