Ariana Grande took to the BBC on Thursday (Nov. 1) for an intimate, hour-long special, titled Ariana Grande at the BBC, filmed in early September on the same day ex-boyfriend Mac Miller passed away. The show featured Grande performing a 13-song set of Sweetener tracks including hits “No Tears Left to Cry,” “Breathin’,” “God is a Woman” and “R.E.M.” as well as her biggest hits backed by an all-female orchestra.
In between songs, the special also contained interview segments with host Davina McCall, who talked with the 25-year-old about mental health in light of the May 2017 Manchester Arena attack and the One Love Manchester benefit concert held two weeks later to raise money for victims of the bombing during Grande’s show.
“I almost feel guilty that I have it [anxiety] because it’s just in your head and it’s just so crazy how powerful it is,” said Grande of her anxiety. “You have ups and downs and sometimes you’ll go weeks at a time where you will be crushing it and there will be no anxiety… and then something will happen that can trigger it and then you have a couple of down days.”
McCall showed Grande a clip of Manchester natives praising the singer for her strength to return to the city so soon after the May 2017 bombing that killed 22 people and injured more than 100. Though Grande didn’t make a comment about the incident, she appeared to be visibly emotional and teared up after hearing the kind comments from fans.
The “Grande at the BBC” setlist: “No Tears Left to Cry,” “Dangerous Woman,” “Breathin’,” “Goodnight and Go,” “R.E.M,” “Only One,” “God Is A Woman,” “Love Me Harder” and “One Last Time.”
Watch Grande’s BBC special in full below.