Here's What Went Down On The First Night Of Ariana Grande's "Sweetener" Tour

    The opening night included emotional performances, a subtle tribute to Mac Miller, and a ton of incredible vocals.

    In case you didn't know, Monday marked the opening night of Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour, and judging by the reaction online, it was definitely worth the wait.

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    But what exactly did we learn from the first night? Well, let's see...

    First of all, before the show even started there seemed to be a tribute to Mac Miller, with his track "Dang" being the last song to play before Ariana began singing to start the show.

    before ariana walked on stage they played mac and she is opening with raindrops. »the day you left me, an angel cried« 🥺

    Mac — who died of an accidental overdose last year — is, of course, Ariana's ex-boyfriend. Fans wondered how she might incorporate him into the show.

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    Ariana revealed back in February that, at least for the time being, she wouldn't be performing "Ghostin" on tour. The song is incredibly emotional and appears to reference how she first dealt with her grief over Mac's death while in a relationship with her ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson.

    if i can get thru it yea but right now it’s not on the set list. i jus want to have a good time with y’all and like .... make it thru the show lol. love u sm. thank u for showing this song so much love. it means a great deal. #thankunext https://t.co/88QobiegEh

    In fact, "Ghostin" isn't the only song that's missing from the setlist — "Imagine", a ballad about "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable", is also missing.

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    Speaking to fans during her sound check yesterday, Ariana apparently told them that she wouldn't be performing those two songs because they're "too heavy".

    "Get Well Soon" also got cut from the setlist because Ariana apparently fell asleep while rehearsing it!

    and joan said it did good in the sweetener sessions and they all said it fits well in a small venue

    But pretty much every other song from both Sweetener and Thank U, Next appear on the setlist, alongside a bunch of other bops from her previous albums.

    This moment in particular is about to make my wig fly.

    this moment in the sweetener tour setlist? wig

    The opening night of the tour marked an emotional return to the stage for Ariana, what with it being her first tour since Mac's death and the Manchester bombing, when 22 people died at her Dangerous Woman concert in 2017.

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    So it's no surprise that Ariana appeared to get a little emotional, fighting back tears while performing "Goodnight n Go". However, she still managed to nail pretty much every note, a feat even if you're not about to cry.

    i cried a lot tonight but NOTHING HAS BROKEN ME like the video i just found on my phone of the end of goodnight n go. ily @ArianaGrande 🖤

    It turns out that a lot was going on during the "Goodnight n Go" performance, actually, as somewhere in the crowd there was a proposal!

    Oh, and if you look carefully, during the same song you can see a Wall-E and EVE floating around in the background, which is cute AF.

    she really had wall-e and eve flying around the screen during goodnight n go........ there’s really no one i love more

    As for the rest of the show, Ariana was basically pitch-perfect, something that won't come as a surprise to most. She even hit a whistle note in the first five minutes, which shook not just fans but also those who were working behind the scenes.

    Me when Ari went and hit that whistle during God is a Woman because I never heard that in rehearsals... ummm 🤯 wow

    The stage and visuals looked stunning, to say the least.

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    If you can't tell from this giant moon, the concept of the whole show seems to be space.

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    And let's not get started on the outfit changes.

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    Ariana is also using her platform for good by encouraging those who are attending the show to register as a new voter, which is timely considering the US 2020 elections are around the corner.

    Ariana has partnered with @HeadCountOrg for the #SweetenerWorldTour to create #ThankUNextGen, a program to register new voters! Keep a look out for stands at your venues to get involved! 🗳

    Finally, Ariana tweeted to reveal how she was feeling after the show.

    i really dunno what to say yet. for now, thank you will suffice. a dream come true typeeaa night. i love you. so much. thank you. @alfredoflores

    Admitting that she was emotional, Ariana thanked her fans alongside videos from the night.

    mhmm my mind is all over the place and v emotional. thank u. i don’t know what i’m posting rn tbh. at all. i’ll hit u tomorrow bc.... tonight was too much. thank you thank you thank you. i love you. and i yeah. i love this song @pharrell. i love u @alfredoflores.

    All that's left to say is WELL DONE, QUEEN!

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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