Ariana Grande has a massive comeback brewing. The pop star has been unimaginably busy since dropping her last album, and now, new music from the dangerous woman is finally within our fingertips.
In honor of the hitmaker’s return, Billboard has organized a timeline in order to better grasp what all Grande has been up to since her latest release. From starring in a musical to being the center of a tragedy and just about everything in-between, here’s a timeline of Grande’s career since dropping Dangerous Woman.
May 20, 2016: Grande drops her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, which peaks at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
August 2016: The singer gives a salute to Whitney Houston on the season finale of the ABC show Greatest Hits. She also headlines the first night of the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, bringing along Mac Miller to help her perform their collab hit (and her early breakout single) “The Way.”
September 2016: Grande confirms that she has been dating Miller — but was anyone shocked?
December 2016: The former Nickelodeon star returns to her acting roots with a portrayal of Penny Pingleton in Hairspray Live!, and participates in that year’s Jingle Ball Tour.
February 2017: The Dangerous Woman World Tour commences. The singer also collaborates with John Legend in a rendition of the title track to the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
May 22, 2017: Grande’s tour is tragically interrupted when a suicide bomber attacks at her Manchester Area show in England, killing 22 concert goers and injuring over 500 others. She subsequently cancels all following dates through June 5.
June 4, 2017: In an inspiring comeback just two weeks after the horrifying incident, Grande organizes and performs at her benefit concert, One Love Manchester. Various superstars — including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Niall Horan and Miley Cyrus — also perform at the event to over 50,000 attendees, raising millions of dollars to aid victims and their families affected by the bombing.
August 2017: Grande’s episode of Carpool Karaoke is released, featuring her belting Broadway showtunes alongside Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Although the two nearly crash, they have a blast in the process.
December 31, 2017: The singer posts a vague, sparkly video on her Instagram, giving fans the very first taste of new music. “See you next year,” reads the caption.
March, 2018: Reports surface that Grande’s fourth studio album is supposedly complete.
March 24, 2018: Grande, no stranger to recent tragedy, performs at the student-organized March For Our Lives rally in support of gun control. The event came following the infamous shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students were killed.
April 17, 2018: After a social media hiatus ended by a couple of cryptic tweets, Grande announces her next single will be available Friday, Apr. 20.
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— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 17, 2018