Ariana Grande made her grand return to the music world with her upbeat single “No Tears Left to Cry” on Friday. The singer followed up the premiere with a beautiful, mind-bending video and debuted the song live during a surprise Coachella appearance — all in the same day. Now, she’s giving fans a peek into how all the stunts of her new video took place.
The behind-the-scenes footage will be released in two parts — the first of which was directed by Alfredo Flores. The official “No Tears Left to Cry” video was spearheaded by music video director Dave Meyers, who also directed Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” video and frequently collaborates with Missy Elliott. The director gave his take on what the video wanted to accomplish. “The concept we wanted to explore was the disorientation that you go through in life and the quest we all go through to kind of find the ground again,” Meyers said.
“We sort of flirt with the ambiguity of whether you need to find the ground or whether the ground’s just what you make of it,” he continued.
In the behind-the-scenes clip, fans learn just how Grande walked on the ceiling and walls in the intro for “No Tears Left to Cry” — it was accomplished with the crew building a revolving hallway. Meyers cited Fred Astaire as a reference for the dancing-on-the-ceiling bit.
Grande also hangs and spins from a free-floating staircase within a city from the future. The BTS clip reveals that the city was added in post-production and the singer was connected to a harness in front of a green screen. During the second take for this scene, one of Grande’s heels falls off — but the crew quickly retrieved it and the show goes on.
Watch the full BTS video for “No Tears Left to Cry” below.