Ariana Grande’s Emotional Woman of the Year Speech Is What We All Need to Hear Sometimes

Ariana Grande was recently crowned Billboard‘s 2018 Woman of the Year, and on Thursday, the 25-year-old singer celebrated the special honor at the award ceremony in NYC. Clad in a lavender dress and thigh-high boots, Ariana was practically glowing when she hit the pink carpet. Once inside, Ariana met up with Alicia Keys and Billboard‘s Trailblazer Janelle Monáe, and the trio snapped a series of cute selfies together on their phones.

Patti LaBelle had the honor of presenting Ariana with her award. In her speech, Ariana opened up about her tough year following the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her recent split from Pete Davidson. “I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years in my career and one of, like, the worst years in my life,” she said while fighting back tears. “As far as my personal life goes, I really have no idea what the f*ck I am doing. So yeah, it’s been a very conflicting one. I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you’re not alone in that.”

Ariana’s big night comes nearly four months after the release of her Sweetener album and a week after she dropped her nostalgic “Thank U, Next” video. And if you thought she was done, you were wrong. Not only has Ariana been teasing another single titled “7 Rings,” but she’s also prepping to release her fifth album. While Ariana says the album is “not particularly uplifting,” she did say it’s full of “feminine energy and champagne and music and laughter and crying.” We can’t wait to hear it!