The singer, like many women, laughed off her achievement.
The last time the same artist had the top three singles at one time in America’s Billboard chart was in the 1960s, when The Beatles were at the height of their popularity.
Now Ariana Grande has tied with the group, after landing the number one, two and three spots with 7 Rings, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored and Thank U, Next, and gone one step further by being the first solo artist to ever achieve the feat.
And Grande’s reaction to her accomplishment is so relatable for many women, encompassing disbelief, laughter and tears, before moving into tempering expectations for the future.
When Billboard tweeted about her feat, Grande’s first reaction was to say “wait what”, followed by another tweet expressing confusion.
She retweeted a photo of the chart and said she “laughed when I saw this” because she thought it was a joke.
The news took a while to sink in, with Grande continuing to say it was unimaginable.
She described the day as the best of her life and thanked her fans for “making me feel loved” before signing off to say she was crying.
But she was back soon with news of her grandmother’s reaction, revealing: “Nonna just facetimed me and screamed ‘ANYTHING ELSE U WANNA DO?’”
Later, Grande tweeted a short clip with the caption “it’s all downhill from here, kids”, and followed up with a picture of herself looking serious and holding her head in her hands.
Women often have more difficulty owning their success than men, which could partially be down to feelings of impostor syndrome. Described as “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or creative, despite evidence of high achievement”, impostor syndrome affects around 70% of us at some point in our lives, and even former First Lady Michelle Obama has admitted to feeling it sometimes.
Many of us have probably laughed off a great achievement even though we know we’ve put the work in and deserve it, and Grande’s reaction shows that she’s just like us in this regard.
She might be downplaying her success with jokes, but we all know that Grande has achieved something remarkable. We look forward to seeing what she does next.