For the most part, Mexicanas are well aware of the power and healing that a good song can provide. Particularly when its delivered by a mariachi band. It’s why when news that Ariana Grande’s friends decided to help her celebrate the success of her latest song “thank, u next,” a song that debuted soon after her breakup with her fiance Pete Davidson, with a mariachi band we weren’t surprised.
In celebration of the song’s instant success, her close friends hired a mariachi band to serenade Grande at her home last week with a twist packed with Mexicanidad.
“Thank u, next” co-writers Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét marked the success of Grande’s latest hit by treating her with a special serenade by a mariachi band.
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???? I can’t believe we pulled this off @taylaparx (trying to sneak a whole MARIACHI in behind the ever so observant @arianagrande is wiiiiild) but this was one of the best nights if our lives!!! LOVE YALL SO FCKN MUCH BAAAMBA BAMBA @alfredoflores cc: @Dougmiddlebrook @mattbennett @tbhits @bluebird @imscootie @brilovelife @iamskot @zaralarsson ✨????
The pop star took to Twitter to share a clip of the surprise from her friends on writing in the caption “yoooooooooo i can’t believe my friends got me a mariachi band last night,” she wrote. “that s— was wild. i think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me.”
It’s obvious from Grande’s Twitter reaction that she appreciated the Mariachi as much as a born-and-bred chicana:
yoooooooooo i can’t believe my friends got me a mariachi band last night. that shit was wild. i think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 9, 2018
Grande who is actually of Scillian descent, sang along to the mariachi version of her new song and played around with her friends as the song played.
On Twitter, Grande stated that her friends hiring a Mariachi band was “the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me”.
literally me when i get a mariachi band pic.twitter.com/WD7nv3YqXu
— ❥ ♡ ♡ ♡ thanku,next. (@ariherbibble) November 9, 2018
Grande, who admits she was “a little tipsy” on Thursday night, documented the entire musical surprise on her Twitter account. In the video, as her friends lead her to the Mariachi band who has yet to start playing, it seems Grande is equal parts excited and nervous at what’s to come. We hear her saying, “Where are we going? I’m so scared! I hate surprises”, and before she can say anything else, she turns to see the full Mariachi band launch into a cover of “thank u, next” while her friends clap and sing along.
Needless to say, the reaction of her fans on Twitter was everything:
Serenata Ariana te llevaron Serenata!! In Mexico is a way of showing love to someone ????????????????
— Maru (@maruvg4) November 9, 2018
And fortunately Latinas were around to give Grande a lesson in the cultural significance of a mariachi serenade:
As many Latinas know, when a mariachi band sings in honor of someone, it’s called a serenata and is a Mexican tradition. The mariachi band is a Latinx tradition that is as fun as it is heartfelt. And those of us who have been in the presence of a mariachi band under circumstances know that they have a way of making any gathering feel like a party. Because Mariachis are often hired to pay tribute to someone, and it’s obvious that Grande’s friends felt that all of her hard work deserved the kind of toast that only Mariachis can deliver.
Others saw it as an opportunity to introduce Grande to their own cultures.
OMG GO TO COLOMBIA WELL HAVE A WHOLE ORQUESTRA FOR U
— vale*+ (@saintsrih) November 9, 2018
Some Latinas wished they were lucky enough to have their own mariachi band:
It’s called “serenata” girl!!! You got a serenata!!!???????????? honestly that’s all I want in life ????
— Julio Piña ???? (@juliopina_) November 9, 2018
The song “thank u, next”, which revolves around Grande’s learning and growth from her past relationships, has become an international sensation. Not only did it debut at No.1 on the Billboard charts–Ariana’s first ever number one hit– it has also become a cultural phenomenon, even spawning an internet meme inspired by the lyrics “one taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain”.
As for us, we’re hoping the Mariachi cover of “thank u, next” shows up on iTunes any day now.