Ariana Grande Alters ‘Thank U, Next’ Lyrics to Honor Rekindled Relationship With Her Father

Ariana Grande‘s return to the Grammys was nothing short of amazing.

After giving us a full Cinderella moment on the red carpet, the singer dominated the Grammys stage as she performed a medley of her hit songs while looking absolutely flawless.

Ariana Grande poses with her parents at the 2020 Grammy Awards
Joan Grande, Ariana Grande, and Edward Butera | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Though her performance was iconic in every way, fans were quick to notice that Grande tweaked the lyrics of her hit track “thank u, next” in order to pay tribute to a very special person in her life.

Grande proved she no longer has a strained relationship with her father

Grande has grown from the drama and definitely proved that to be true with her 2020 Grammy Awards performance.

On January 26, the songstress returned to the Grammys stage—after taking a temporary hiatus—to perform a medley of her hit songs, including ‘Imagine’, ‘thank u, next’, ‘7 Rings’ and her own take on the Julie Andrews classic ‘My Favourite Things’.

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande| Robin Marchant/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Though Grande wowed viewers with her amazing pipes and eye-catching set, there was one part of the performance fans still can’t over, and that’s the debut of the special lyric change she made to the final verse of her breakup anthem “thank u, next.”

During the singer’s performance, fans were quick to notice that the lyrics about her mother and father had been altered a bit.

In the original song, she sings: “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.”

While performing at this year’s Grammys, Grande sings: “I’ll be thanking my dad/’Cause he’s really awesome.”

Though this change was pretty minor, it was extremely significant to fans as many took this as a sign that Grande had officially mended her strained relationship with her dad, Edward Butera.

“Seeing u with both ur parents made me so happy. you deserve nothing but love and happiness and im so glad u and ur dad have a better relationship now @ArianaGrande,” one fan tweeted.

“I love that @ArianaGrande has repaired her relationship with her dad as of late and that she can now spend time with her divorced parents together,” another fan gushed. “She just changed the #ThankUNext lyrics from “thankin’ my dad/cuz she grew from the drama” to “cuz he’s really awesome.”

Grande and Butera have been working on their relationship

Although she was all smiles as both parents stood by her side during the Grammys, Grande’s current relationship with her father has definitely been a long time coming.

In the past, the singer’s opened up about her and her dad’s strained relationship. She even told Seventeen in 2014 that they were not on speaking terms after having a “falling out” the year prior.

“It’s private, but it happened last year,” she told the publication. “It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

In recent years, Grande and Butera have made progress in their relationship and are now on better terms with each other.

In June 2019, Grande wished her dad a Happy Father’s day by sharing a photo of them together at one of her concerts to her Instagram Story with the sweet caption, “foreva.”

Then in November 2019, the singer took to Instagram to reveal that she spent Thanksgiving with both parents for the first time in 18 years.

Grande further proved that things are good between her and Butera when she brought him and her mom, Joan Grande, as her dates to the Grammys.

From what we can tell, Grande and Butera have gotten to a pretty good place and we have a feeling this won’t be the last time they showcase their rekindled relationship in public.