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Despite her absence from tonight’s ceremony, Ariana Grande has won her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The singer’s fourth studio album Sweetener took home the award during the Grammys pre-show ceremony.

Grande responded on Twitter, thanking record label Republic Records, manager Scooter Braun, producer Pharrell, songwriter and friend Victoria Monet, and many others she’s worked with:

The singer also referred to her non-attendance at the Grammys. “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,” she wrote.

The award comes on the heels of both the release of her new album, Thank U, Next, and a social media confrontation between Grande and Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich about the awards show. When asked why Grande wasn’t performing at the ceremony, Ehrlich told the Associated Press that Ariana “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.”

Grande responded on Twitter with a screenshot of the article, writing, “I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me,” and cited a lack of creative freedom as the actual cause. “I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend. I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.”

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