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Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ shows hit a powerful note in NYC

The two most powerful statements from Ariana Grande — at the first of her four “Sweetener” tour concerts in New York City — were made before the ponytailed popster even sang a note at Barclays Center on Friday night. First, there were the seven rings, with gemstones representing the colors of the rainbow flag, that greeted you before you even got into the building. As you got off of the subway or Long Island Rail Road, one thing was clear: No matter how you identified yourself, you were welcome to let your gayest self break free on this night of Gay Pride Month. And for many, taking pics by those giant gems, also symbolizing Grande’s recent No. 1 hit “7 Rings,” already made the whole night from jump. But then when you e ...