There were some bumps and maybe even a few tears, but she persisted (and managed to find the fun), serving some on-point vocals as always.
It was only fitting, then, that she channelled the 1996 film about women recovering from breakups for the song's first televised performance, on The Ellen Show.
So half an hour before the latest episode of SNL started, Grande put her new single out into the world, and it nearly immediately became a meme to rival "me voting in 2016 vs.me voting today".
Inspired by her favorite movie The First Wives Club, the pop superstar was joined by the song's co-writers, Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx.More news: Voter turnout is hot a day before Election Day
But she ran into some trouble dancing around the set, which was made to look like a wedding reception, stumbling when she stepped down from a chair. DeGeneres says as Grande makes her way back to the stage.
"One day I'll walk down the aisle holding hands with my mama/I'll be thanking my dad, 'cause she grew from the drama", Grande, 25, sang between sobs. "It's private, but it happened previous year".
The singer also slipped up a bit at the end when she concluded the performance by running up the stairs through the audience.
"Thank you for being here". You've had a rough year. "We support you", host Ellen DeGeneres said after the song.More news: Smog Envelops Delhi 2 Days Before Diwali, Air Quality May Worsen
The tune, which namechecks several of her famous exes, including former fiance, Pete Davidson, the late Mac Miller, Big Sean, and Ricky Alvarez, is a touching tribute to the past men in her life and to the woman she's become as a result.
It's not the first time this week Ariana has stunned us all with her creative presence, after she dropped a secret single, Thank u, next, about her failed relationships.
"His voice and laugh", Grande wrote in response. Watch the performance below.More news: Trump says China's Xi wants a deal to end escalating trade war