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Every Ariana Grande Music Video From 2012 to Today: Watch Her Evolution
From 2012’s “Put Your Hearts Up” to 2018’s “The Light Is Coming,” Billboard is taking a look back at Ariana Grande’s music video evolution.
Kicking off with her 2012 debut single “Put Your Hearts Up,” which sampled "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes, the video sees Grande dancing through the streets in a bubblegum pink dress. "That was the worst moment of my life,” she later told Rolling Stone of the video. “They gave me a bad spray tan and put me in a princess dress and had me frolic around the street. The whole thing was straight out of hell. I still have nightmares about it.”
Grande seemed happier with her 2013 video for “The Way,” though. "I'm just trying to grow up and live my life and entertain people as well," Grande told Billboard upon its release. "I don't think there needs to be any big landmark of 'Ariana grew up' -- although I do kiss Mac Miller in my video, so that's quite a statement!"
That same year, Grande revealed a more vulnerable side of herself with the song “Almost Is Never Enough” featuring Nathan Sykes, followed by “Baby I,” which transported viewers back to the 90s. 2013 also saw the release of Grande’s “Right There” video featuring Big Sean and starring Patrick Schwarzenegger as her love interest.
The following year, the pop singer released the 60s-tinged “Problem” video with Iggy Azalea, as well as the cinematic outer space-themed “Break Free” video with Zedd, directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and featuring just about the cutest elephant-alien baby to ever appear in a music video.
“One Last Time” arrived in 2015, followed by “E Più Ti Penso” with Andrea Bocelli and “Focus.” In 2016, “Dangerous Woman” and “Let Me Love You” dropped, along with “Into You” which starred America’s Next Top Model cycle 20 contestant Don Benjamin. 2016 also marked the release of her Nicki Minaj collaboration “Side To Side,” which is currently Grande’s most-viewed video on YouTube with more than one billion views.
“Everyday” featuring Future arrived in 2017, as did Grande’s “Beauty and the Beast” cover with John Legend. And that brings us to 2018, when Grande took fans upside down with her “No Tears Left To Cry” video and into the woods with “The Light Is Coming.”
Check out Ariana Grande’s full music video evolution below.