While the 2019 Grammys were a star-studded event, there was one pop star noticeably missing: Ariana Grande. She was originally supposed to perform at the ceremony, but pulled out following a creative dispute with the show’s producers—and it caused drama. (You can catch up on all of it here.) But Grande already had a dress picked out—custom made, even—and she wasn’t about to let it hang in her closet, unworn.
On Sunday night, Grande got all dressed up in the gown Zac Posen made for her and staged a photoshoot, presumably in her apartment, to capture all the angles of this look.
“when @zacposen makes u a custom gown it doesn’t matter if you’re singing or not… thank u,” she captioned one image.
Even though she wasn’t in attendance, Grande did take home a Grammy, for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Because she wasn’t there to accept the award in person, she shared her thanks on Instagram: “I know I’m not there tonight (trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked out TBH) and I know i said I try not to put too much weight into these things …. but fuck …….this is wild and beautiful. Thank you so much.”
The trophy is nice, obviously. But judging by how fun this impromptu shoot looked, Grande had a winning Sunday evening regardless of whether she won her category. May we all bring this energy with us into Monday.