Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem (Ft. Iggy Azalea)’ Music Video: Look By Look

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Let’s all say it together: FINALLY! Ariana Grande has been teasing us with sneak peeks of her “Problem” music video for an eternity now, and today is the day that our dreams became a reality at last. The hyped vid launched at 4pm today (true to Ariana’s Twitter countdown), and it’s everything we hoped it would be.

But enough waiting. Let’s dive right in and dissect this bad boy…

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

The video opens on a sparkling figure. We can’t see her face yet—who could this mystery woman be??

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Surprise! It’s Ariana. She’s looking expectedly retro in a sequined minidress and white go-go boots. Also, notice that signature spiral backdrop that’s been in ALL of her Instagrams lately.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

We get an extremely brief peek at Iggy, rocking some Barbarella hair against a colorful backdrop. But don’t get too attached yet. You won’t see Iggy again for another two minutes. :(

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Ariana brings us back to Monochromatic Land with her soundstage set and backup dancers. The girls are wearing white crop top turtlenecks and black pants, while the guys stick with the classic combo of loose pants and unbuttoned shirts.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Time to mix things up! Ariana takes a little break by lying atop a giant spiral on a pink floor. She also slips into something more comfortable: an oversize white sweater, knee-high socks, and some discarded pumps.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Don’t worry—her nail polish sticks with the white hot motif as well. (Note to self: paint my nails white EVERY day this summer.)

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Time for the chorus, which means it’s time for Big Sean. More importantly, it’s time for Big Sean’s bling. MOST importantly, it’s time for Big Sean’s ginormous jungle cat ring.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Verse 2 changes the pace with a new set, consisting of retro mopeds (which are, like, SO easy to dance on) and a tri-toned backdrop. Oh, and some shirtless dudes.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Speaking of dudes, check out this dancer’s bird tattoos. Do you think he and Demi Lovato went on an avian ink date together? Either way, it’s awesome…

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

…although not as awesome as the contortionist with checkered body paint. Impressive on SO many levels.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Anyways, enough boy talk. It’s now time for the real reason we’re all here: IGGY. She returns to us in her black turtleneck and pants, making us wonder, “What could be better than Iggy?”

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Answer: multiple Iggys.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

At this point in the video, Ariana finally wears her tried and true miniskirt+crop top outfit she’s been hinting at for the past month. So there’s only one thing left to do now. Dance, y’all!

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Maybe show off your breakdancing skills.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
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Or try a little vogueing.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Or jump in the air like you just don’t care. Because you know that this video is awesome, and you just have to celebrate.

A still from the ’Problem’ video.
Photo: Republic Records

Now just sit down and rest, kids. We’ve been through a lot together.

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