“ Thank you for loving me endlessly whether my hair is red or brown, whether my skin is normal or covered in a terrible spray tan, whether I’m wearing a pink gown or pajamas, whether I’m starring in a Freaky Forever episode from 2009 filmed on my MacBook in Boca or in a hit Nickelodeon TV show. ”
– Grande thanking her fans.
Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained popularity when she played the role of on the Nickelodeon TV series, , and afterwards portrayed the same character on the spin-off, . She broke out musically in 2013 with her debut single, "" from her No. 1 debut album, .
In 2014, Grande achieved worldwide success with "" which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and released her sophomore album, on August 25, 2014.
In March 2016, Grande released her lead single "" for her third studio The song debut to No. 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 making her the first artist in the history of the chart to have all her lead singles from her first three albums debut in the top ten. She went on the in 2017, and the tour grossed M. She has officially been made a honorary citizen of Manchester after organising and performing at the benefit concert.
In August 2018, Grande released her fourth studio album, , which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming her third to reach the top position in the country. Its lead single, "", was released on April 20, 2018, and debuted at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. "", featuring , was released as a promotional single on June 20, 2018, along with the pre-order of the album. "" was released as the second single on July 13, 2018, and peaked at number 8. Grande was named Woman of the Year by Billboard in 2018.
Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida to and . Grande is of Italian descent. Her name was inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat and the shortened name of an Italian Car manufacturer Ferrari. She has an older half-brother, , who is a performer and producer. When she was 8 years old, she went on a cruise with her family and she sang karaoke when Gloria Estefan (a famous Latin singer) was listening to her sing. She told Grande to follow her dreams, which inspired Grande to do singing and acting. Grande then did musicals at her local theater, her first being , before taking music seriously when she was 13.
2009–2012: Breakthrough on Nickelodeon
Grande in March 2010.
Grande was cast in the Nickelodeon television show along with co-star in 2009. In this sitcom, set in a performing arts high school, Grande played the "adorably dimwitted" . She had to dye her hair red every other week for the role because the executive producer, , did not want all the cast members to be brunettes, and the red hair was also a feature that the network felt would fit the personality of Cat. The show premiered in March 2010 to the second largest audience for a live-action series in Nickelodeon history with 5.7 million viewers. The role helped propel Grande to teen idol status, but she was more interested in a music career, stating that acting is "fun, but music has always been first and foremost with me." Her character was compared to "Brittany Murphy's performance as the hapless Tai in Clueless" (1995) and described as being "very impressionable and easily swayed" but "generally sweet". In 2010, she played the role of Miriam in the musical Cuba Libre, written and produced by songwriter Desmond Child.
After the first season of Victorious wrapped, Grande wanted to focus on her music career and began working on her debut album in August 2010. To strengthen her vocal range, she began working with vocal coach Eric Vetro. She made her first musical appearance on the track "Give It Up" on the soundtrack Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show in August 2011. While filming Victorious, Grande made several recordings of herself singing covers of songs by Adele, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and uploaded them to YouTube. A friend of Monte Lipman, CEO of , came across one of Grande's videos. Impressed by her vocals, he sent the links to Lipman, who signed her to a recording contract. She released her first single, "", in December 2011, which was recorded for a teen-oriented pop album that was not issued. She later disowned the track for its bubblegum pop sound, saying that she had no interest in recording music of that genre. The song was later certified gold by the RIAA. Also in 2011, she voiced the fairy Princess Diaspro in 13 episodes of the Nickelodeon version of the Italian animated television series , appeared in 's music video for a song called "Unfriend You" from his album Hold On 'til the Night, portraying Chance's ex-girlfriend, and voiced the title role in the English dub of the Spanish-language animated film Snowflake, the White Gorilla.
On a second soundtrack for Victorious, Victorious 2.0, released on June 5, 2012, as an extended play, Grande supplied vocals for a cover of "". After three seasons, Victorious was not renewed. The finale aired in February 2013. The third and final Victorious soundtrack, Victorious 3.0, was released on November 6, 2012, featuring Grande duetting with in the song "". A music video of the song followed. In December 2012, Grande collaborated on the single version of "", a duet with British singer and songwriter . She also starred as Snow White in a pantomime-style musical theatre production called , together with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris at the Pasadena Playhouse. Grande played Amanda Benson in , a 2013 Nickelodeon film adaptation of the children's book of the same name.
Meanwhile, Nickelodeon created , an and Victorious spin-off starring and Grande. Grande and McCurdy reprised their respective roles as Cat Valentine and Sam Puckett on the buddy sitcom, which paired the characters as roommates who form an after-school babysitting business. The pilot aired on June 8, 2013, and the show was immediately picked up by the network. The following month, Nickelodeon doubled Sam & Cat's original 20-episode order for season one, making it a 40-episode season. Despite its success in the ratings, the series was canceled after 36 episodes. The final episode aired on July 17, 2014.
2013–2015: Yours Truly and My Everything
Grande performing in 2013 at .
Grande recorded her first studio album , originally titled Daydreamin', over a three-year period. It was released on August 30, 2013. She is credited as a songwriter on several tracks of the album. In September 2013, it debuted at Number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, with 138,000 copies sold in its first week, making Grande the first female artist since to have her first album debut atop the charts and ranking her the 15th female artist overall.Yours Truly also debuted in the top 10 in several other countries, including Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands. By April 2014, the album had sold over 500,000 copies in the United States, and later it became Grande's first platinum album.
The lead single "", featuring Pittsburgh rapper , debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at number nine for two weeks, and spent 26 weeks on the Hot 100. Grande was later sued by Minder Music for copying the line "What we gotta do right here is go back, back in time" from the 1972 song "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch. Sam Lansky of magazine called the song "breezy, catchy throwback soul [that] showed off her towering voice." Following the release of the album, Billboard magazine ranked Grande at number four on their list of "Music's Hottest Minors 2013", an annual ranking of the most popular musicians under the age of 21. The second single, "", debuted at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it her second Top 40 hit. The song also debuted at number six on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, making Grande the only female music artist to debut two songs in the top 10 of the Hot Digital Songs chart during the year 2013. The third single, "", featuring Detroit rapper , debuted at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.Grande recorded the duet "" with of The Wanted. She also joined on his for three shows and kicked off her own headlining mini-tour, . At the 2013 , she won the award for New Artist of the Year. She released a four-song Christmas EP, in December 2013.Christmas Kisses received critical praise for its "R&B spin" on the Christmas classics. Grande received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award from the Music Business Association, recognizing her achievements throughout 2013, including her number one debut on the Billboard 200 and her top 10 single on the Hot 100.
Grande performing "", the lead single off My Everything in 2014.
By January 2014, Grande had begun recording her second studio album, with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and record producers Benny Blanco and . Grande is credited as a songwriter on several tracks of the album. The same month, she earned the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People's Choice Awards 2014. In March 2014, Grande sang at the White House concert, "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House". The following month, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Grande again to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll event.
Grande released her second studio album on August 25, 2014. It sold 169,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming her second consecutive number one album in the US. Its lead single "" features Australian rapper and premiered at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27. The song debuted at number three (eventually climbing to number two) on the Billboard Hot 100, and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grande's first number one single in the United Kingdom. It made British chart history as the first song to land at No. 1 based on sales and streams. The song was the highest debut ever for a collaboration of female soloists. The second single, "", featuring German musician and producer , peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. She performed the song as the opening of the , and won Best Pop Video for "Problem". She and provided guest vocals on "", the lead single from 's album Sweet Talker. The song reached number three in the US, making it Grande's third song in the Hot 100's top 10 the same week ("Problem", "Break Free" and "Bang Bang"), and went to number one in the UK. She joined Adele as the only female artist with three top 10 hits simultaneously as a lead artist. The music video for "Bang Bang" has been viewed more than one billion times on YouTube.My Everything spent 88 weeks on the Billboard 200.Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "My Everything is where the 21-year-old Nickelodeon starlet grows up. It's a confident, intelligent, brazen pop statement, mixing bubblegum diva vocals with EDM break beats".Billboard's review noted that My Everything is not kid-friendly, like Grande's earlier efforts, and "pulled more sounds into her repertoire while keeping her biggest weapon, a remarkable vocal range, as a steady foundation."
On September 27, 2014, Grande was the musical performer on the season 40 premiere of NBC's , with Chris Pratt as the host. Three days later, the third single from My Everything, "", featuring Canadian recording artist , debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, later peaking at No. 7. In November 2014, Grande was featured in Major Lazer's song "", which was released as the fourth single from the soundtrack album for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The same month, Grande released a Christmas song titled "". Spending 34 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014, Grande had the most top 10 singles of any artist that year. She later released a fifth single from My Everything, "", which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. By April 2015, the album had sold over 600,000 copies in the US and is certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Grande performing "" during The Honeymoon Tour.
In early 2015, Grande embarked on , with shows in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Following the tour's early success, more dates were added, and the tour concluded in October 2015 after a total of nearly 90 dates. It earned approximately million and sold over 800,000 tickets. Reviews of the tour performances generally praised Grande's vocals and ability to convey emotion in the songs but found the concerts to be over-produced: "[S]ome judicious editing would've elevated the evening from surprising to satisfying and possibly even shockingly good. As it is, Grande is so busy piling on the spectacle she neglects to highlight the one thing – those deceptively powerful pipes – setting her apart from her contemporaries."Grande was featured on 's song "", which was released in March during her Honeymoon Tour; a review in USA Today said: "Grande's towering vocals have never sounded better than on this offbeat R&B track." Also in 2015, Grande guest-starred on several episodes of the Fox comedy-horror TV series as . Grande filmed an episode for the Fox TV reality series , but the show was canceled before her episode aired.
Grande performing "Focus" at the Honda Stage in 2015.
Grande began recording songs for her third studio album, originally titled Moonlight, in 2015. In October of that year, she released the single "", initially intended as the lead single from the album; the song debuted at number 7 on the Hot 100. The song's music video has been viewed more than 800 million times on YouTube. She also signed an exclusive publishing contract with covering her entire catalogue, duetted in Italian with Andrea Bocelli on the track "" from his album Cinema and on an accompanying video, covered the song "Zero to Hero" from the film Hercules for the compilation album We Love Disney. Grande also released her second Christmas EP, , which debuted at number 34 on the Billboard 200 and number three on Billboard's Holiday Albums chart.
2016–2017: Dangerous Woman
In March 2016, Grande released "" as the lead single from the retitled album of the same name. The single debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Grande's seventh top 10 entry on that chart. She is the first person in the history of the Hot 100 to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top 10. The song later peaked at number 8 on the Hot 100. On March 12, 2016, Grande appeared as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, where she performed "Dangerous Woman" and debuted the promotional single "", which she released on March 18. The song charted at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Grande garnered positive reviews for her appearance on the show, including praise for her impressions of various singers, some of which she had done on . Jonathon Dornbush of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Grande "not only nailed her musical performances, but also shone as the best part of some of the night's sketches", including a "shockingly good" Jennifer Lawrence impression, continuing, "Grande proved she could hold her own amongst the SNL players." Stephanie Webber of Us Weekly praised Grande's Judy Garland scene as a cheeky, boozy starship commander. Grande won an online voting poll on Entertainment Weekly as the "best host of the season". In May 2016, among other appearances to promote the album, on The Voice season 10 finale, Grande performed the second single from the album, "", which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and duetted with on "Dangerous Woman".
Grande with performing "" at the 2016 .
Grande released her third studio album on May 20, 2016; it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, number one in the UK, number two in Japan, and number one in several other markets, including Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand. Nolan Feeney commented in Entertainment Weekly that Grande "pulls off pop, R&B, reggae, and house – all without overextending herself or pandering to trends". Mark Savage, writing for BBC News, called the album "a mature, confident record". At the Summertime Ball at London's Wembley Stadium in June, Grande performed three songs from the album as part of her set. In August, Grande released a third single from the album, "", featuring rapper , her eighth top 10 entry on the Hot 100, which peaked at number four on that chart. The song's music video has been viewed more than 1.3 billion times. The album and the title track were each nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards. As of June 2018, Dangerous Woman has spent a total of 100 weeks on the Billboard 200.
Also in 2016, Grande made a cameo appearance in the comedy film starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. She also collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a makeup collection, donating 100% of proceeds to the MAC AIDS Fund, and launched a fashion line in collaboration with Lipsy London. In August 2016, Grande performed a tribute to Whitney Houston on the season finale of the ABC TV show Greatest Hits and headlined the opening night of Billboard's Hot 100 Festival, performing a nearly hour-long set of her own songs. Grande filmed a commercial for T-Mobile that premiered in October 2016. She played Penny Pingleton in the December 2016 NBC television broadcast . Sonia Saraiya wrote in Variety that Grande was the show's "MVP, acting as both reliably overlook-able sidekick and, once the situation required it, showstopping diva." The same month, Grande performed "", together with , on the season finale of The Voice; they collaborated on the song for the soundtrack of the 2016 film Sing. She also participated in the Jingle Ball Tour 2016.
Grande during her Dangerous Woman Tour performing ""Grande began her in February 2017 in North America and then Europe. Reviewing the concert for Las Vegas Weekly, Ian Caramanzana wrote: "Grande's burly, soulful vibrato and wide range remain the star of her show, and she's at her best when it's just her, a microphone and her band – especially when she performs ... ballads." Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the concert "a show of confidence, prowess and aplomb. ... Her agile soprano was strong and unconcealed in every song." After Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on May 22, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the arena, causing 23 fatalities and more than 500 injuries.
Grande and performing at .Grande suspended the tour until June 7 and held a televised benefit concert, , on June 4 at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, helping to raise million to aid the bombing victims and affected families. Grande, , and other artists performed. To recognize her efforts, the City Council named Grande the first honorary citizen of Manchester. The tour resumed in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania. It ended in September 2017, earning more than million and selling over 875,000 tickets.
The same year, Grande recorded the of the soundtrack for the 2017 live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with . She also appeared in an Apple Music episode, singing musical theatre songs with Seth MacFarlane, and became a brand ambassador for . Even without releasing a new album in 2017, Grande became Billboard's Female Artist of the Year". Grande has released five fragrances with Luxe Brands since 2015. They had grossed over 0 million in global sales by 2017.
2018–present: Sweetener and Thank U, Next
Grande performing "" at the .
Grande began working on songs for the album with in 2016, but "the events in Manchester gave a hard reset to the project's expectations". On April 20, 2018, Grande released "" as the lead single from her fourth studio album, , along with a music video for the song. The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, where it became Grande's ninth single to reach the top ten in the United States and made her the only artist to have debuted the first single from each of her first four albums in the top ten of the Hot 100. She performed "No Tears Left To Cry" on the Tonight Show on May 1, where she revealed the title of the album, Sweetener.
The album was made available for pre-order on June 20, 2018, along with the promotional single "", featuring rapper . The album's second single, "", was released on July 13, 2018. It peaked at number 8 on the Hot 100 and was Grande's 10th song to reach the top 10 on that chart. The album was released on August 17, 2018. Grande gave four concerts to promote the album, billed as , at New York City's Irving Plaza, The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Ace Theater in Los Angeles, and KOKO in London between August 20 and September 4, 2018.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and received acclaim from critics.
On November 3, 2018, Grande released "" from her upcoming fifth studio album .
Grande and Brooks
In 2008, Grande started dating . They were in a relationship for three years before they broke up in December 2011.
She and her back-up dancer started dating. A few months later, they broke up. They dated from December 2011 to mid 2012.
On October 7, 2012, Grande began dating , a member of the Australian YouTube group "The Janoskians" after meeting through Twitter. They had a long distance relationship until December 2012, when they met for the first time in New York City. However, Grande and Brooks broke up in August 2013 for unknown reasons. Shortly after, Brooks accused Grande of cheating on him.
Grande and Sykes
In September 2013, after weeks of speculation, Grande and from the British boyband "The Wanted" confirmed their relationship on Twitter. In late January 2014, Grande confirmed in a radio interview that she and Sykes had decided to end their approximately five month long relationship, but insisted that they remain close friends.
Grande and her ex-boyfriend Jai Brooks dated again between January 2014 and July 2014. They broke up again after he allegedly was not supportive of Grande when her was dying.
Grande and Big Sean
In August 2014, Grande began dating rapper , who had been her friend for some time and was with Grande when her grandfather died. A fan photographed them leaving a movie theater; the fan also claimed that Grande and Big Sean were kissing during the movie. At the 2014 MTV VMAs they were filmed holding hands after Grande performed "". On October 13, she publicly confirmed that they were dating. Though in April 2015, it was discovered that the two had broken up. According to Grande, they had already broken up months before.
On April 5, 2015, Grande started dating her backup dancer, . The relationship was kept private until a TMZ video leaked of Grande licking a donut and making out with Alvarez. They broke up in July 2016.
Grande and Miller
In August 2016, Grande started dating rapper , who was previously featured in her 2013 hit single "" and on a remix of her 2016 hit single "". She is also on Miller's album, The Divine Feminine, with the track "" as a feature. Mac Miller featured in several performances at Grande's benefit concert held after the . On May 10, 2018, Grande announced that she and Miller had broken up, although they remained close friends. After Miller's death, Grande posted a picture without caption of her late ex-boyfriend as a tribute.
Grande and Davidson
In May 2018, it was reported that Grande had begun "casually dating" actor and comedian . They first met in March 2016 when Grande hosted and performed on , on which Davidson is a cast member. In June 2018, Grande confirmed that she and Davidson were engaged. A song dedicated to Davidson titled "" is featured on Grande's fourth studio album, . The two called off their engagement and ended their relationship in October 2018.
Grande was raised Roman Catholic but abandoned Christianity after Pope Benedict said that everything she loved and believed in were sins, such as homosexuality and working women. She has since started following Kabbalah's teachings with her half brother Frankie, believing "the basis lies in the idea that if you’re kind to others, good things will happen to you."
At the age of 14, Grande co-founded the youth singing group Kids Who Care in South Florida, which performed for charitable fund-raising events, raising over 0,000 for charities in 2007 alone. 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 . Grande also partnered with Kleenex on its "Shield Sneeze Swish" campaign.
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