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13th of December 2018

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A look at all the pop culture references in Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ music video | The Star

Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music video premiered on YouTube Friday and Twitter users are going wild — and it’s easy to see why.

The video, which is about five minutes long, is a throwback to major teen rom-coms in the early 2000s and features high-profile cameos.

Ariana Grande broke the internet with the video for “Thank u, Next,” which was released Friday and quickly started trending due to the video’s references to mid-2000s rom-coms.Ariana Grande broke the internet with the video for “Thank u, Next,” which was released Friday and quickly started trending due to the video’s references to mid-2000s rom-coms.  (Chris Pizzello / Invision)

The song was written shortly after Grande’s engagement with Saturday Night Live actor Pete Davidson was called off and the couple broke up. It quickly rose to the top of the charts after its release.

Let’s take a scene-by-scene look at the video:

There’s Jonathan Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls (you know, the guy who asked Lindsay Lohan what day it was on October 3rd). “Ariana Grande told me my hair looked sexy pushed back — she’s not wrong,” he said in the video.

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There’s Troye Sivan, one of Grande’s close friends, playing a guy gossiping about her love life, like someone basic. “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s f------- sick,” he said.

The video itself opens to Grande playing Regina George, the quintessential Mean Girl, filling out her Burn Book with all the people who’ve wronged her. I wonder who could be in there?

We then get to see a slew of Victorious alumni. The show, which ran on Nickelodeon, launched Grande into the pop culture scene. The scene starts with the fabulous Elizabeth Gillies (now known for playing the indomitable Fallon Carrington on Dynasty) as Lindsay Lohan, rocking it with the pink polo and bright blue jeans, eventually changing for the infamous Jingle Bell Rock performance.

Then there’s Matt Bennett, who played a lovable dork on Victorious, with Grande going through the toothbrush scene from Bring It On. It’s a cute scene that makes me miss the good old days of millennial television. Daniella Monet, who played Victoria Justice’s sister in the show, makes an appearance in the Bring It On scene as a cheerleader.

The video then morphs into Grande playing a convincing Jennifer Garner (that hair though!) sorrowfully carrying the dollhouse in 13 Going On 30, the classic movie that made me scared of growing old.

thank u, next (Official Video)

Through some magic, we end up at Harvard, where Grande’s Elle Woods is about to slay — I see your smize, girl, and I love it.

Of course, no throwback to Legally Blonde is complete without the bend and snap.

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“Thank you next b----!” I could not have said it better Kris Jenner — who makes the perfect Amy Poehler mom.

Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas

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