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Ariana Grande's Hidden Manchester Tribute on "Sweetener" Is Making Fans Emotional

Dan Barna
This is so powerful.

Ariana Grande’s new album Sweetener dropped Friday, and as expected, her fans are loving it. But one moment in particular has Arianators reaching for the nearest box of tissues.

As we previously reported, the length of the album closer, “Get Well Soon,” seemed to commemorate the Manchester bombing that occurred on May 22, 2017, at one of Ariana's concerts.

What we didn’t realize until it dropped, though, is that the song would end with a 40-second moment of silence that not only gets the tune to the 5:22 mark, but also seemingly provides fans with some time to reflect on the 22 people who lost their lives in the bombing. As one might expect, fans have not taken Ariana’s gesture lightly. One fan wrote, "Ariana deliberately had 40 seconds of silence on get well soon to make the length of the song 5 minutes and 22 seconds i'm actually crying." Another added, "She’s such an amazing person."

The song is a fitting way to end an album that in many ways was shaped by Ariana’s experience in Manchester and its harrowing aftermath. “When you’re handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?” Ariana told Time earlier this year.

Ariana also previously opened up about “Get Well Soon,” whose lyrics include: “Where are you? Are you home? Call me right on the phone / I'll be there, yeah, I'll be there, I'll be there / I don't care who is gone, you shouldn't be alone.” While the song doesn’t mention the attack explicitly, Grande has said that it's about her mental health in the wake of the attack, which included severe physical anxiety. In a July interview with Elle, she explained that the song is a representation of "all the voices in my head talking to one another."

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