Over 450,000 people were waiting for “thank u, next” right before the video dropped

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Ariana Grande knows how to make an entrance.

In the ramp-up to the release of the pop diva’s music video for “thank u, next” on YouTube, almost half a million Arianators and laypeople hovered in front of their computer screens. In the last seconds of the onscreen countdown to the premiere of the video for her incredibly popular ode to ex-boyfriends, an audience of 454,621 were on YouTube, waiting.

There were over 14,000 comments on the video before it even began, and people seemed to be losing their collective minds:

The singer teased the video with a trailer released earlier this week revealing that the video would reference the iconic 2004 film Mean Girls, with Grande in the role of Regina George. It alone drew over 3 million views.

And the singer tweeted the video, which had gathered over 1 million views in an hour, as of this writing:

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#mean girls
#quartzthings
#regina george
#next
#pete davidson
#ariana grande
#youtube
#culture
#music
#edited by indrani sen
#thank u next
#thank u