At only twenty years old, Ariana Grande is making splashes in both the music and film industry. Grande is a singer, dancer, and actress who is beginning to come into her own as a musical artist. Not only is she a talented singer but she began her acting career at the age of fifteen starring in the Broadway musical 13.
She is also well-known for her role in the Nickelodeon show Victorious and the upcoming show Sam & Cat. Ariana Grande’s song “The Way” was released in March 2013. It is the first single to come from the singer’s debut album called Daydreamin’ scheduled to be released in the fall of the same year.
The song “The Way” was written by Harmony Samuels, Mac Miller, Al Sherrod Lambert, Sevyn Streeter, Brenda Russell, and Jordin Sparks. Grande’s musical style in the song reflects both pop and R&B influences. American rapper Mac Miller sings in the song and also appears prominently along with Grande in the music video. The song has resulted in critical praise for Grande, whose strong vocals have been given comparisons to Mariah Carey. The music video was directed by Jones Crow and released by Republic Records. The song was also produced by Harmony Samuels.
The music video features Grande and Mac Miller singing the song and acting like a couple in love. Grande is singing and dancing but also gets affectionate with Miller. Various scenes are shown with Grande posing for different pictures and Miller holding different types of cameras pointed at her. Grande dances around the room and it appears that she is standing in front of a projector with scenes of her and Miller in the background. Balloons also play a large role in the music video and Grande and Miller toss them around. About halfway through, a group of dancers is also seen moving to the beat and playing with the balloons. At the end, Grande and Miller share a few kisses.
The song itself explores the rapturous feelings of love and how enjoyable it can be to be love. The couple in the song obviously enjoys spending time with each other, and they think about each other when they are apart. The song also brings up images of things that people who in love do, like singing in the shower and picking petals off of flowers. The song also explores the exciting feelings of kissing and being close. Miller raps about the other person having his heart and showing all aspects of himself to her. Grande completes the chorus with “I love the way (you make me feel).” Overall, the song is an anthem of the euphoric feelings that come with being in love.