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Ariana Grande
Grande performing at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in December 2013
BornAriana Grande-Butera
(1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 21)
Boca Raton, Florida, United States
EducationNorth Broward Preparatory School
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter, philanthropist
Years active2008–present
Musical career
Years active2011–present
Associated actsBig Sean
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Ariana Grande
Grande performing at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in December 2013
BornAriana Grande-Butera
(1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 21)
Boca Raton, Florida, United States
EducationNorth Broward Preparatory School
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter, philanthropist
Years active2008–present
Musical career
Years active2011–present
Associated actsBig Sean

Ariana Grande-Butera[1][2] (born June 26, 1993),[3][4] known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where she attended North Broward Preparatory School. Grande made her acting debut in 2008, playing the role of Charlotte in 13 on Broadway. From 2010 to 2013, she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and reprised the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14).[5]

In March 2013, Grande reached mainstream success after "The Way" from her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013), became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.[6][7][8] The album received critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. This made Grande the first female artist to have her debut record enter the chart in the pole position since Animal by Kesha in January 2010, and the fifteenth female artist overall.[9][10] Later, Grande was honored by The Music Business Association in 2014 as Breakthrough Artist of the Year, to recognize Grande's achievements over 2013.[11]

Early life

Ariana Grande-Butera was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She is the daughter of Joan Grande, CEO of Hose-McCann Communications,[12][13] and Edward Butera, a graphic designer.[14] Her elder half-brother Frankie is an actor, dancer and producer, and a contestant on season sixteen of Big Brother.[15][16] She is of Italian descent, "half Sicilian and half Abruzzese."[17][18][19] Growing up, she took part in children's and community theater and attended North Broward Preparatory School.[20][21]


2008–12: Beginnings and Victorious

Grande performing with the Victorious cast

In 2008, Grande played the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award. When she joined the musical, Grande left her high school, North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled. The school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors.[20][22] In 2010, she created the original role of Miriam in the reading of the new musical, Cuba Libre, written and produced by Desmond Child.[20] That same year, beginning in March, Grande starred as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious. In 2011, Grande voiced an animated fairy, Princess Diaspro, on the Nickelodeon series Winx Club. She also starred as Snow White along with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris in the Pasadena Playhouse production of a pantomime, A Snow White Christmas, in December 2012.[23]

Grande in 2011

In August 2012, it was announced that Victorious was ending its run.[24] However, during Nickelodeon's presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on August 3, they announced a spinoff called Sam & Cat, which would pair Grande from Victorious and Jennette McCurdy from iCarly together in a traditional "buddy sitcom" setting, where they would reprise their roles as Cat Valentine and Sam Puckett.[25] The show was picked up by the network on November 29, 2012.[26] On July 11, 2013, a few weeks after the show's June 8 premiere, Nickelodeon doubled Sam & Cat's original twenty-episode order for season one, making it a forty-episode season.[27]

Grande sang as a soloist in various symphonies, such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonic Orchestras.[3] She has sung various times in NYC's Birdland.[3] Grande performed a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the first-ever broadcast of the national anthem for the Florida Panthers NHL hockey team.[3][20] Grande has performed covers of songs such as Mariah Carey's "Emotions" and "All I Want for Christmas Is You",[28][29] and Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You and Me."[30] The third and final soundtrack for Victorious was released on November 6, 2012, titled as Victorious 3.0. The first single was called "LA Boyz" (which was performed by Grande and Justice) and the music video was released October 18, 2012. In 2012, Grande also sang a duet with Mika on the single version of his track "Popular Song".[31]

2013: Yours Truly, international breakthrough and Sam & Cat

On March 26, 2013, Grande's first single from her debut album, "The Way" featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, was released.[32][33][34] "The Way" sold over 120,000 units in the first 48 hours[35][36] and went on to sell over 219,000 units in its opening week; the third best first-week sales figure of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" and One Direction's "Best Song Ever".[37] "The Way" debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week ending in April 5, 2013, marking the first top ten arrival for a lead female artist making her first Hot 100 appearance since 2008. The single has since sold two million copies in the United States and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Grande was eventually sued by Minder Music for allegedly copying lyrics from the 1972 song "Troglodyte" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch in the song.[38] "Baby I" and "Right There", featuring Detroit rapper Big Sean, were also released as singles from Yours Truly.[39][40]

Grande performing at the Worldwide Day of Play in September 2013

Grande completed her debut studio album, Yours Truly, in June 2013;[41] it was released on September 2, 2013 in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States.[42] Yours Truly officially debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart with 138,000 copies sold in its first week, becoming Grande's first number-one album as a solo artist.[43][44][45] This made her the fifteenth female artist to have their first album debut atop of the charts, and the first since Kesha with Animal in 2010.[46][47] Yours Truly reached the top 10 in Australia,[48] the United Kingdom,[49] Ireland[50] and the Netherlands.[51] Following the release of the album, Grande was ranked number four on the Billboard list of "Music's Hottest Minors in 2013."[52]

Swindle, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, by Gordon Korman, saw Grande play Amanda Benson along with Sam & Cat co-star Jennette McCurdy, and premiered on Nickelodeon in August.[53][54] Grande performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, on Dancing with the Stars with Mika[55] and at the American Music Awards, where she won the award for New Artist Of The Year[56] and was the most mentioned artist on Twitter of the night, having been mentioned in 231,966 tweets.[57] Her performance of her hit "The Way" and her song "Tattooed Heart" earned praise from celebrities like Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga, and she was hailed by the press for her high vocal range.[58]

Preceding the release of her Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses in December, she gave a series of performances, including at the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,[59][60] NBC New York's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting broadcast,[61][62] the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles' Staples Center and Z100's Jingle Ball event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[63] She also sang at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, with Big Sean and Mac Miller.[64]

2014: My Everything

In January 2014, Grande confirmed reports that recording had begun for her second studio album[65][66] and she had been working with Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco.[67] On March 4, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Grande to sing at the White House concert, "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House" on March 6. It was designed to celebrate what the White House describes as great "foremothers" of American music, with songs exploring the struggles and achievements of women.[68][69] Grande also performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21.[70] In addition, she received the 2014 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award from the Music Business Association. The award recognized Grande's achievements over 2013, including a number one debut on the Billboard charts with her first album, Yours Truly, and a double platinum, Top 10 single with "The Way".

In late March 2014, Grande confirmed that she had completed her second studio album.[71] The lead single from the album is "Problem" and features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.[72] It premièred at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27[73] and sold 438,000 downloads in its first week, making Grande the youngest woman to debut with more than 400,000 downloads.[74] On the Billboard Hot 100, the song debuted at No. 3 (peaking at No. 2) and became Grande's second single to debut in the top ten, her first being "The Way", and her second top ten single overall. Further, the song was noted for being the highest debut ever for a collaboration of female soloists.[75] On July 6, Grande earned a place in UK chart history when "Problem" landed at No. 1 on the first Official Singles Chart based on sales and streams. This was also her debut Top 40 hit in the UK.[76][77] The second single, titled "Break Free", features Russian-German producer Zedd and premiered on July 2 on a special reunion broadcasting of Total Request Live, titled Total Ariana Live.[78] During the broadcast, the hashtag #TotalArianaLive trended as number one in the United States.[79] On June 28, 2014, Grande announced the title of her second studio album to be My Everything, which is scheduled to be released on August 25.[80][81]


Grande possesses a four octave light lyric soprano vocal range[82][83] Grande has been deemed the "mini Mariah Carey" and the "new Mariah Carey" by critics due to her wide vocal range.[84][85] Grande expressed her feelings towards being compared to Mariah Carey as a "huge compliment" and a "blessing",[86][87] and often cites both Carey and Houston as influences for her work.[20][88][89] In other interview she said: "I mean, it's a huge compliment, but when you hear my entire album, you'll see that Mariah's sound is much different than mine."[86]

Her music is generally pop and R&B, and has elements of funk, dance, and hip hop.[90][91] She grew up mainly listening to urban pop and 90s music.[89][90] Yours Truly is described as being half a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half she describes as "something that is very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original. In summation of the record she stated: "So half of it is a throwback and like very familiar feeling, feel good, and then half of it is something that I've created that's sort of special and unique and refreshing and wonderful and I love it".[92]

"I love Mariah Carey. She is literally my favorite human being on the planet. And of course Whitney [Houston] as well. As far as vocal influences go, Whitney and Mariah pretty much cover it. I love Fergie as well. She's just so fun and passionate. I love that she raps as well. Like, she has a fantastic voice and she can belt Gs and As and she doesn’t have to do it all the time. She just has swag and I think that's really cool.

— Grande, on her musical influences.[88]

Grande has cited Cuban-American star Gloria Estefan as the person who inspired her to pursue a career in the music industry, after Estefan complimented a performance she saw Grande give on a cruise ship when she was eight years old.[93] Grande cites Whitney Houston as a major influence on her career stating that Houston has inspired her "endlessly" since she was a child.[94]

Grande has also cited Madonna, Destiny's Child, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, India.Arie, Imogen Heap, and Amy Winehouse as influences.[86][88][89][95] Grande also references Big Sean as her favorite rapper, with whom she is good friends.[90][96] Grande's debut album was inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, and Madonna, with unreleased collaborations with SkyBlu of LMFAO, 3OH!3, Kool Kojak, and Pebe Sebert.[97][98][99]

Grande described Imogen Heap as one of her major influences; taking influence from Heap's "intricate" song structure, Grande also cites India Arie as an influence, calling Arie's voice "heaven" continuing to praise her lyrical content.[100] She has described actress and singer Judy Garland as being one of her childhood influences, stating she grew up watching and listening to Garland and praised her technique of "storytelling," Grande also described singer Whitney Houston as being the reason why she began singing, as well as citing Brandy Norwood as an influence noting her "riffs" in particular.[100]

Personal life

Grande dated her 13 co-star Graham Phillips for three years, starting in 2008 and ending in December 2011.[citation needed] She was in a relationship with Jai Brooks, a member of the Australian YouTube group the Janoskians, from August 2012 to July 2013.[101][102][103] On May 1, 2014, Grande was photographed kissing Brooks and confirmed that they were back together.[104]

Grande is a vegan and has adopted three dogs.[105][106] She was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Christianity after Pope Benedict reportedly labeled homosexuality and working women as sins.[107] Grande stated, "I lost faith when the Pope decided to tell me that everything I loved and believed in was wrong. I needed something else to believe in." She has since started following Kabbalah's teachings, believing "the basis lies in the idea that if you’re kind to others, good things will happen to you."[108][109]


At the age of ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events, raising over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone.[20] In the summer of 2009, as a member of the charitable organization Broadway in South Africa, Grande performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa along with her brother Frankie.[4][110][111] Grande also partnered with Kleenex on its "Shield Sneeze Swish" campaign.[112]

After watching Blackfish, she urged fans to stop supporting SeaWorld.[113]


Film and television
2009The Battery's DownBat Mitzvah RifferEpisode: "Bad Bad News"
2010–13VictoriousCat ValentineMain role
2011iCarlyCat ValentineEpisode: "iParty with Victorious"
2011Snowflake, the White GorillaSnowflakeEnglish dub voice
2011Winx ClubPrincess DiasproVoice role; 4 episodes
2013SwindleAmanda Benson
2013–14Sam & CatCat ValentineCo-lead role (all 35 episodes)
2014Family GuyItalian DaughterEpisode: "Mom's the Word"; voice


2012Cuba Libre[20]Miriam
2012A Snow White Christmas[114]Snow White



Awards and nominations

2008National Youth Theatre Association Awards[116]Best Actress13Won
2010Hollywood Teen TV Awards[117][118]Teen Pick Actress: ComedyVictoriousNominated
2012Favorite Television ActressVictoriousWon
2013Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards[119]Best NewcomerWon
Teen Choice Awards[120][121]Best Love Song"The Way"Nominated
Best Breakout ArtistNominated
Candies' Style IconNominated
Summer Music Star: FemaleNominated
MTV Europe Music Awards[122]Artist On The RiseNominated
American Music Awards[56]New Artist of The YearWon
Music Choice Awards[123][124]Best New Artist 2013Won
Capricho Awards[125]Best International New ArtistWon
Best Duet"The Way"Won
2014People's Choice Awards[126]Favorite Breakout ArtistWon
NAACP Image Award[127]Outstanding New ArtistNominated
World Music Awards[128]World's Best Song"Baby I" & "The Way"Nominated
World's Best Video"Baby I" & "The Way"Nominated
World's Best Female ArtistNominated
World's Best Live ActNominated
World's Best EntertainerNominated
Kids' Choice Awards[129][130][131]Favorite TV ActressWon
UK Favorite Fan FamilyArianatorsNominated
Aussie's Favorite HottieNominated
Radio Disney Music Awards[132]Breakout Artist of the YearNominated
Chart TopperWon
Most Talked About ArtistNominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan[133]Best New Artist Video"Baby I"Won
Billboard Music Awards[134]Top New ArtistNominated
IHeartRadio Music Awards[135]Best Fan ArmyArianatorsNominated
Young InfluencerWon
NAARM-Music Business AssociationBreakthrough Artist of the Year AwardWon
BET Awards[136]Best New ArtistNominated
Teen Choice Awards[137]Choice Female ArtistPending
Choice Female HottiePending
Premios Tu Mundo[138]FanClub of the Year#ArianaArmyPending
MTV Video Music Award[139]Best Female Video"Problem"Pending
Best Pop Video"Problem"Pending
Best Collaboration"Problem"Pending

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