Two days ago, Ariana Grande sparked major collaboration rumors when she posted a cryptic tweet thanking Madonna. Accompanying a photo in which Grande gasps while Madonna beams at her in a crocheted bustier, the ponytail icon wrote, "thank you @madonna ... u know why ♡." And now, so do we. On Friday, Grande released her music video for "God Is a Woman," and in it, Madonna (or at least her voice) appears briefly in an instantly iconic cameo.
The appearance in question takes place around the 2:24 mark. In keeping with the theme, Grande has appeared so far in the video as a variety of female deities, sitting on top of the earth, bathing in paints, and doing an interpretive dance within the cosmos. In this interlude, she's dressed like what appears to be a female version of Thor, complete with a gavel for a hammer. While Grande lip-syncs, Madonna recites what Billboard identified as the bible quote Samuel L. Jackson's famously says in Pulp Fiction. "I will strike down upon thee, with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters, and you will know my name is the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon you," she says.
Although the cameo isn't as world-imploding as, say, a full-on Madonna-Ariana collab, it's still enough to send fans reeling on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Grande made sure to give Twitter shout-outs to Madonna, as well as to Imogen Heap, who The Fader reports will also feature on her upcoming album, sweetener. "All women. but .... top five: joan grande, nonna, imogen, madonna, whitney. #godisawomantonight," she tweeted in answer to a fan question about her inspirations, adding later, "The fact that both of my idols have blessed this project in their own little way. @imogenheap @madonna. it’s .......... unbelievable to me. i cry thinking ab it. bye i’m crying."
Watch the full video below.
- Bron: Glamour.com