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Ariana Grande's Sweetner album cover. It's a picture of her upside down on a tan background.
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Ariana Grande: Sweetner

The Scoop

Promoted as her baring a “bleeding heart,” Grande released her first album, Sweetener, since the bombing at her Manchester performance. The 25-year-old said her album shows her never-before-revealed vulnerable side. Her manager Scooter Braun told Variety that the album finally features Ariana singing songs that define her. He described the album as one with a more mature sound, with songs like “God Is a Woman.” Ariana reportedly said she “cried 10 times in the session writing it for [her fans]…there’s definitely some crying-on-the-dancefloor stuff on this one.”

Our Take 

Ariana has never been a tip-top role model for preteens, teenagers, or anyone for that matter. But from her post-Manchester bombing statements, such as her description of Sweetener as “bringing light to a situation or someone’s life, or someone bringing light to your life and sweetening the situation” Ariana seems to want to portray herself as a matured woman. However, collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott in Sweetener clearly point to a type of “mature” preteens don’t need. Between her donut-licking incident, her sex-filled music and videos, and the way she dresses and behaves in public, we don’t believe her music or persona is beneficial for preteens.

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