Special delivery: Ariana Grande poses with her first Grammy after it finally arrives – ‘Glad I checked the mail’

“Thank U, Grammy.” On July 16 Ariana Grande posed for a selfie with her very first Grammy (Best Pop Album for “Sweetener”), which she won earlier this year but wasn’t on hand to accept during the event. “Really glad I checked the mail,” she joked on Twitter. Scroll down to see her with her award.

Grande had been nominated six times by the recording academy before finally winning. She picked up two noms in 2016: Best Pop Album for “My Everything” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. Then she picked up a couple more bids in 2017: Best Pop Album for “Dangerous Woman” and Best Pop Solo Performance for its title track. But she didn’t win any of those.

Finally she was nominated twice earlier this year in the same categories: Best Pop Album for “Sweetener” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “God is a Woman.” That finally did the trick. Though she lost Pop Solo to Lady Gaga‘s “Joanne,” she claimed Pop Album honors in a race against Camila Cabello (“Camila”), Kelly Clarkson (“Meaning of Life”), Shawn Mendes (“Shawn Mendes”), Pink (“Beautiful Trauma”) and Taylor Swift (“Reputation”).

The pop star wasn’t there to accept her award at the show, however. She had a bit of a row with Grammy producers over a performance she was supposed to give during the ceremony. She dropped out due to creative differences, feeling that her “creativity and self-expression” had been “stifled.”

But now Grande has her Grammy, and it could be the first of many. Just a few months after “Sweetener” dropped she released another album, “Thank U, Next,” which was an even bigger hit and earned her the best reviews of her career. As of this writing she’s one of the top Grammy contenders for Album of the Year according to the forecasts of almost 1,000 Gold Derby users. Will she be there to accept if she wins in 2020?

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