Singer Ariana Grande surprised fans last week with an impromptu performance of her latest single. Grande performed “No Tears Left to Cry” during Kygo’s set during the second week of the Coachella Music Festival in California. Grande dedicated her performance to Avicii, a Swedish musician and DJ who died earlier this week. Grande noted that Avicii was an inspiration to her and many others in the music industry, saying, “He was the reason I started making music.” Kygo echoed Grande’s feelings about Avicii, telling the crowd, “Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration, and he was the reason I started making music. So I don’t think I would have been on the stage if it wasn’t for him.” Kygo concluded his set with Avicii’s hit “Without You.” In addition to “No Tears Left to Cry,” Grande also performed the Marvin Gaye classic “Sexual Healing” in her visit to Coachella.
Grande released “No Tears Left to Cry” last week to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The foundation of Grande’s song lies in overcoming obstacles and embracing hope and positivity. As the lead single for her currently untitled fourth album, Grande hopes to express some of the difficulties she has faced in the last two years. Specifically, the album is inspired in part by Grande’s tragic concert in Manchester in May of last year, where 23 people died and 500 were injured in a terrorist bombing. Since the bombing, Grande has devoted herself to numerous charity and social causes, helping to organize the One Love Manchester benefit concert to provide financial support to victims of the attack. Additionally, Grande has been a supporter of the March for Our Lives gun control movement.