The Manchester Tribute You Missed in Ariana Grande’s “No Tears” Video
Ariana Grande is back, y’all! The 24-year-old made her triumphant return to the music game with the release of the first single from her upcoming fourth album, “No Tears Left to Cry.” Fans who heard the song before the rest of the world promised it’d be a “powerful” response to the Manchester bombing, and while it’s definitely different than what we expected it to be, it still manages to pay beautiful tribute to the 22 lives lost.
“No Tears” is all about going through something traumatic, but picking yourself up in the end and not letting the heartbreak take over your life.
The Nickelodeon alum croons in the chorus, “Ain’t got no tears left to cry / So I’m pickin’ it up, pickin’ it up (oh yeah) / I’m lovin’, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up.”
Many people expected the song to be slow and somber, not upbeat and dance-driven, but that doesn’t mean the emotions aren’t there. At the very end of the music vid, a bee goes flying across the screen, paying very obvious homage to everyone in Manchester. If you didn’t know, the worker bee is known as the city’s unofficial mascot and is a “symbol of the city’s hard-working past during the Industrial Revolution.”
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The blonde is rumored to have gotten a tattoo of a bee shortly after the One Love Manchester benefit concert last June. She joined hundreds of other people who got worker bees permanently etched on their skin as a part of a fundraiser launched by Manchester tattoo artists to raise money for the victims of the attack.
“No Tears Left to Cry” is not what we expected, but that doesn’t mean it’s not absolutely incredible.