Meaning of “Sweetener” by Ariana Grande

“Sweetener” is a tune released by American singer/songwriter/actress Ariana Grande. The lyrics of “Sweetener” are addressing someone special in the life of the singer (Grande) who transforms the negative/bitter things that come her way into positive/sweet things. Hence the term “sweetener”.

But what is a sweetener? It is a substance put in food or drink to make it taste sweeter.

Lyrics of Sweetener by Ariana Grande

To a significant degree, the chorus of the song above deal with optimism and hope in the face of misfortune and the trials of life.

What Ariana Grande said about the term Sweetener

During her appearance on the late-night talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Grande announced her fourth studio album would be titled Sweetener. According to her, the title means “bringing light to a situation or to someone’s life”. She said it can also either mean someone bringing light to another person’s life or simply making a situation sweeter.

Facts about “Sweetener”

  • This tune was penned by Grande alongside renowned American singer-songwriter and record producer Pharrell Williams.
  • In addition to co-writing this track, Grande also produced it. He handled the production all by himself.
  • This tune was released officially on August 17th, 2018. It is the title track to the fourth studio album (Sweetener) by Grande.
  • The song’s backing vocals are provided by Pharrell Williams.
  • The title “Sweetener” appears approximately four times in the lyrics of the track.


Is this song written about Grande’s fiancé Pete Davidson?

It is highly not likely this song was written about comedian and actor Pete Davidson. We say this because the song was written and recorded as far back as in July of 2016. And Grande and Davidson only began dating in 2018. At the time this song was written, Grande was likely dating American rapper Mac Miller.

In addition to the above, Grande hasn’t said this song is about Davidson. That said, there is a song from her Sweetener album titled “Pete Davidson”, which is a tribute to Davidson and her love for him.

What musical genre is this tune?

It is a pop song. It also its perfectly into the R&B musical genre.

Does this tune contain samples?


2 Responses

  1. DonutLordXD says:

    Ariana: I like the way YOu LiCK thE BOWl
    Lil’ tween me: *singing sweetener*
    My 16 yo sis who also likes ariana: *nerveously* hehehe…
    Dad: ????
    other sis: How y’all like ariana?

  2. Anonymous says:

    wait so i’m still confused
    lmfaooo bye

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