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

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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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Dec 1, 2018

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jossi jewel7
jossi jewel7 7 hours ago
she is V
Busan Beach Trash
Busan Beach Trash 7 hours ago
No one gonna say about how 14 year old "ariana" is actually selena gomez??? 😂😂😂
Charry Nisperos
Charry Nisperos 19 hours ago
It should be wrong things about insider
• Lucy •
• Lucy • Day ago
I already know Mean Girls
Raya Xx
Raya Xx Day ago
One small thing you guys forgot was that in the burn book, she writes “sorry I dipped” on Pete’s page (: It was cute.
jen c
jen c 2 days ago
One taught me love One taught me patience *And this queen taught me pain for another vid.*
francis theallknowing
narrator speaks annoyingly slowly
Bts_kookie_suga_jin_taetae Abunda
The scenes are not easter eggs since all people already knew those scenes from their fav movies
Sou-ellen Martines
Nice video
Sou-ellen Martines
Sou-ellen Martines
"CHILL OUT BRUH" 3 days ago
She jacked my favorite scene from first wives club lol
NickiQueen Msp
NickiQueen Msp 3 days ago
who even mistaked ari with Aubrey?
Smh Sav
Smh Sav 3 days ago
Colleen and Ariana are cousins
Lady Universe
Lady Universe 3 days ago
🎶 👸 👏❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Star Cherry
Star Cherry 3 days ago
No Insider she just meant she would still hookup with him! LOL
Jacqueline Landaverde
ok but was I the only one who thought that was the actually Lindsay Lohan?!
Balaji Karthi
Balaji Karthi 3 days ago
Now I'm gonna watch the video again
Leo Oaso
Leo Oaso 4 days ago
5:2w i thought is was the real lindsay lohan....
Lucia Hlinková
Lucia Hlinková 4 days ago
such like ntltc
Shane Davis
Shane Davis 4 days ago
Bobble heads
Michael Kelligan
Michael Kelligan 4 days ago
She can read? Doubtful.
Gregor Baby
Gregor Baby 4 days ago
The video would be even more interesting if the youtuber would talk in more upbeat voice
macdaddyalexis 4 days ago
I'm so sick of chris jenner
Alyssa Muñoz
Alyssa Muñoz 4 days ago
Forgot to point out Ian from SMOSH.
Amanda 5 days ago
This lady talks so slow
Karoline Cecilie
Karoline Cecilie 5 days ago
7:00 tun means tuna In danish
Fancy PanTs
Fancy PanTs 5 days ago
Fancy PanTs
Fancy PanTs 5 days ago
Hoe Baah
Hoe Baah 5 days ago
ok mandella effect... i thought it was called "Suddenly 30" not 13 going on 30 !!!!
Alana Pritchard
Alana Pritchard 4 days ago
Hoe Baah there was one by that name with Zac Efron haha
KpopBTS 5 days ago
Copycat but I still like her l:>
Aubrey Torres
Aubrey Torres 5 days ago
....I'm glad its ari instead of Aubrey ;-;
rahul singhal
rahul singhal 5 days ago
Music videos have easter eggs too now? Where have we come?
a name
a name 5 days ago
how did she get all those victorious actors? oh wait.
GretschDog 5 days ago
Todays youth has no taste. This tart is shallow.
Bryan & Tyteana
Bryan & Tyteana 6 days ago
Ophie Pecze
Ophie Pecze 6 days ago
She also plays Sophia in 2 Broke Girls. 😏😁😁
Ashley San
Ashley San 6 days ago
Fun fact some scenes in the music video were filmed at my school and I met her
Rexton Puah
Rexton Puah 6 days ago
the baby girl means that collen baby is a girl?
kt 72
kt 72 6 days ago
How does she get a cultural appropriation pass? She's literally tried to change her ethnicity.
kt 72
kt 72 4 days ago
+Lilly Edgil Don't you guys love to call people out for cultural appropriation? You can't wear costumes for Halloween but she can try to look ethnic when she's white?
Lilly Edgil
Lilly Edgil 4 days ago
I think you might be stupid
Harriet Radford
Harriet Radford 4 days ago
kt 72 when?
Mr. Scrooge.
Mr. Scrooge. 6 days ago
Ari: get it.. Big Sean: got it..
Talia Loves Art!
Talia Loves Art! 6 days ago
1:26 wtffff
Tony K.
Tony K. 7 days ago
4:42 "oh my god, She pushed Ellen"
Bleh BlehBleh
Bleh BlehBleh 4 hours ago
Lol none of you got the reference, I think he meant the Miranda sings vid.
PINKEU BOII 6 hours ago
Tony K. He’s Troye Sivan
Siham's Life
Siham's Life Day ago
Miranda sings💖💖
Kylee Gacha
Kylee Gacha Day ago
Tony K. nah, he looks like Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter.
Roise Moore
Roise Moore 2 days ago
So that’s his name eh? Finally found out
Llami ツ
Llami ツ 7 days ago
So much makeup
Cesar Bustamante
Cesar Bustamante 7 days ago
A victorious reunion! ❤️
OM MY YOGA 7 days ago
Stiffler’s mom has not aged... and the red hair girl looks exactly like Lindsay Logan
500daysofmj 7 days ago
This just seems like common sense.
Ivory Wang
Ivory Wang 7 days ago
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 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Maya Winicale Drealino
wait did ari cut her hair
Pug Life
Pug Life 7 days ago
And the only thing I picked up from the MV is that some of it is based on Mean Girls 😂😭
Kiah Green
Kiah Green 7 days ago
ok but where's avan and leon?
Madeleine Tyler
Madeleine Tyler 8 days ago
Olive 13 yasss
hilal zehra
hilal zehra 8 days ago
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
Vanessa Rama
Vanessa Rama 8 days ago
I don't like Ariana but I need to say that this video is totally amazing
Jaylah Johnson
Jaylah Johnson 8 days ago
Finnaly somebody says Colleen’s real name in a video instead of calling her Miranda
89Judy89 8 days ago
can someone give me details about BDE please? what happened to Pete, why did fans make fun of him?
Okaykxlit 8 days ago
wow my childhood
Hannah Rowan
Hannah Rowan 8 days ago
Jo Cin
Jo Cin 8 days ago
Didnt mention the teacher from Victorious....
Johanna Garrido Sintes
Am i the only one who thought liz was lindsay lohan 😨
Soph 8 days ago
OMG I didn't even notice anyone, until this video. Only Gabi and ariana and Elizabeth gillies
Soph 8 days ago
I never new colleen ballinger was miranda sings 😂😂😂
sanket ghadge
sanket ghadge 8 days ago
This one is for my rose as well!!
Rudra 8 days ago
remember when business insider was complete trash? so glad they improved
Babba Bouie
Babba Bouie 8 days ago
This is so smart
Sophia Choi
Sophia Choi 8 days ago
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?
fhrus 8 days ago
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).
am & a
am & a 8 days ago
Holy shit, Robbie became hot!
Gabbie Geier
Gabbie Geier 8 days ago
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.
Lucas Maestro
Lucas Maestro 8 days ago
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.
Shaale Mirjam
Shaale Mirjam 9 days ago
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.
Laura 9 days ago
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.
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Gabriela Parra
Gabriela Parra 9 days ago
The kind of reference video you need if you were born in the 2000s lol
Uyen Nguyen
Uyen Nguyen 9 days ago
Wth??? I thought Liz's role was actually played by LiLo :( smh
zoya Khan
zoya Khan 9 days ago
LOTS of victorius
Jessica Sussman
Jessica Sussman 9 days ago
America is not winning this shit is awful
Keisha luana
Keisha luana 9 days ago
*_-Thank u, Next-_*
Molly Chanel
Molly Chanel 9 days ago
Taylor Swift's impact
Chiki 9 days ago
They missed the chance for kris to say “you’re doing amazing, sweetie” 😭
veli -
veli - 9 days ago
I heard aubrey, too
Tiana Gama
Tiana Gama 9 days ago
Big red is the nickname for the former team Capitan.....sheesh
Tiana Gama
Tiana Gama 9 days ago
Probably because most "arianators" weren't even born when most of those movies came out.
Karthik Mallampelly
Can anybody tell what's the background music? 2:07 to 2:27
Lauren G
Lauren G 9 days ago
Why is this woman talking in slow motion
Sarah Blake
Sarah Blake 9 days ago
i literately watched mean girls today🤣
Lusia Amelia
Lusia Amelia 9 days ago
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.
Billy Morrice
Billy Morrice 9 days ago
She came for records and that's exactly what she got!
Aiden Emeri
Aiden Emeri 9 days ago
That's her first number one?
Emman 9 days ago
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*
Kierra Thimpson
Kierra Thimpson 9 days ago
Her seeing somebody else getting marry she love is justin Bieber at the end that his fiance
NorthVan_Dan 9 days ago
Outstanding video! Yours and hers. Wow!
Kawaii Potato Bean XD
I didnt get any of these I havent seen any of these movies
LifeAsCindyy 9 days ago
Sophie Earley
Sophie Earley 9 days ago
hi ?
hi ? 9 days ago
7 rings is a song lol
Lydia Schmidt
Lydia Schmidt 9 days ago
I only got the Mean Girls and 13 going on 30 references... I’m a basic girl
A T 9 days ago
Lolllll the album is called thank u, next 😂😂 have u been living under a rock?!
Chefkey Boards
Chefkey Boards 9 days ago
Ariana is awesome, now I just would like to see a mainstream pop album out of her and I would be thrilled
An army is in your comments
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)
Kurosama 9 days ago
I think we ALL can agree that this is awesome
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