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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.

– Ariana thanking her fans.[1]

Ariana Grande

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Grande at The Honeymoon Tour in 2015.

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Grande at the 2018 Met Gala.

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Grande in 2011.

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Grande in 2008.

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Grande in a photo shoot for her single "Focus".

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Grande in Reebok's #BeMoreHuman Campaign in July 2018.

General information
Nickname(s) Ari
Gender Female
Born June 26, 1993 (age 25)


Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A.

Occupation Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 2008-present

Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained popularity when she played the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon TV series, Victorious, and afterwards portrayed the same character on the spin-off, Sam & Cat. She broke out musically in 2013 with her debut single, "The Way" from her No. 1 debut album, Yours Truly.

In 2014, Grande achieved worldwide success with "Problem" which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and released her sophomore album, My Everything on August 25, 2014. Grande received the honorable nickname, Princess of Pop.[2]

In March 2016, Grande released her lead single "Dangerous Woman" for her third studio album Dangerous Woman. 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 Dangerous Woman Tour in 2017, and the tour grossed $71M. She has officially been made a honorary citizen of Manchester after organising and performing at the One Love Manchester benefit concert.

Curently, Grande is doing a partnership with Reebok, and released the lead single, "No Tears Left To Cry", from her fourth studio album, Sweetener, on April 20, 2018.

Early life

Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera.[3] Grande is of Italian descent.[4][5][6] 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, Frankie, 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.[7] Grande then did musicals at her local theater, her first being Annie, before taking music seriously when she was 13.

Career

2008–2013: Breakthrough on Nickelodeon and Yours Truly

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Grande when she was younger

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. In 2010, she created the original role of Miriam in the reading of the new musical, Cuba Libre, written and produced by Desmond Child; the musical is about two sisters that are journeying through the revolution in Cuba. Grande also played the character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, which premiered in March 2010. In 2011, Grande voiced an animated fairy, Princess Diaspro, on the Nickelodeon series Winx Club and starred as Snow White along with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris in the Pasadena Playhouse production of A Snow White Christmas from December 13–23, 2012. In 2012, Grande sang a duet with MIKA on the single version of his track "Popular Song".

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Grande at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards

In the following month, it was also announced that the current season of Victorious (Season 3, which was split to the fourth season) would be the last. On September 12 2012, Grande Covered The Hit Song Emotions By Mariah Carey, It was announced that the third soundtrack would be released on November 6, 2012 titled as Victorious 3.0. The first single was called "L.A. Boyz" (which was performed by Grande and Victoria Justice) and the music video was released October 18, 2012. Victorious ended on February 2, 2013. It was announced during the network's presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on August 3, 2012 ,that 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. Grande tweeted stating that she wasn't hoping for Victorious to end and was looking forward to being on both shows.

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Grande performing at the 2013 AMAs

Grande completed her debut studio album, Yours Truly, in June 2013 which took three years to complete. It was released in the US on September 3, 2013. Grande commented on the album saying: "They can expect a lot of honesty. It's like a direct... you know, it's like it used to be pages lifted from my diary, instead of keeping a diary, I would write songs about what was happening in my life. So it's really personal. It's a Motown throwback and pop at the same time, so it's '50s and '60s inspiration mixed with today." The album was inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Madonna, and other like these. Grande worked with artists like Sky Blue from LMFAO, 3OH!3, Kool Kojak, and Pebe Sebert on the album. She was also working in the studio with Jonas Brothers singer Nick Jonas. On March 20, 2013, Grande previewed her new song in its entirety at B96 in Chicago for a small group of her dedicated fans and had a pizza party with them. On March 26, 2013, Grande's first single off her debut album, "The Way" featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, was released. Her second single "Baby I" was released, followed by "Almost Is Never Enough" featuring Nathan Sykes of The Wanted. Her last single from the album was "Right There" featuring Big Sean.

On August 13, 2013, Grande embarked on her debut tour, The Listening Sessions. She finished the tour on September 22, 2013. Sam & Cat was picked up by Nickelodeon on November 29, 2012, and the pilot showed them becoming roommates who launch a babysitting business for income. In December 2013, Grande released her debut Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses featuring the songs "Last Christmas", "Love Is Everything", "Snow In California" and "Santa Baby"

2014–2015: My Everything

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Grande at the 2014 MTV EMAs.

On April 28, 2014, Grande released the first single from her sophomore studio album titled, "Problem" which features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The song was very successful selling over 400,000 units in its first week and debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song later peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, reached No. 1 on the UK Charts, and sold over 3 million copies in the United States.

The second single, "Break Free," which features German music producer Zedd went up to No. 1 on the iTunes chart almost immediately after its release.

On July 13, 2014, Nickelodeon announced that they were canceling Sam & Cat after 35 episodes due to a "multitude of issues." The series ended on July 17, 2014. The planned final 5 episodes of the season were never produced. It was rumored that the main cause of the cancellation was due to Grande feuding with McCurdy after a salary dispute.

"Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana, and Nicki Minaj was released as the first single from Jessie's new album on July 29, 2014. The song debuted at No. 6, and has since peaked at No. 3, on the Billboard Hot 100 and is featured on the deluxe edition of My Everything.

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Grande at The Honeymoon Tour

My Everything, Grande's second album, was released on August 25 in the United States, and seven out its fifteen songs are collaborations. It has been released in standard, deluxe, and Target edition formats.

In November 2014, Grande released her debut EP, Love Me Harder featuring the songs "Love Me Harder", "Cadillac Song" and "Too Close". In December 2014, Grande re-released her debut Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses featuring the debut Christmas single "Santa Tell Me". On February 25, 2015, Grande embarked on her first worldwide tour, The Honeymoon Tour, starting in North America. She finished the tour on October 25, 2015. In May / June 2015, Grande released her debut remix album, The Remix featuring remixes of her singles of her first two albums.

On January 17, 2015, it was confirmed Grande would return to television in a recurring role on the new Ryan Murphy series Scream Queens, co-starring alongside Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, and Keke Palmer. The series revolved around a college campus shacked by a multitude of recent murders. Production began in April, and lasted through November. The first season aired on Fox during the fall of 2015.

On October 30, 2015, Grande released "Focus", the planned lead single from her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, then titled Moonlight. However, it was cut from the standard edition of the album, only being included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album.

In December 2015, Grande released her second Christmas EP, Christmas & Chill featuring the songs "Intro", "Wit It This Christmas", "December", "Not Just On Christmas", "True Love" and "Winter Things".

2016–2017: Dangerous Woman and other projects

In March 2016, Grande released "Dangerous Woman" as the lead single from the retitled album of the same name. The single debuted at No. 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 No. 8 on the Hot 100. On March 12, 2016, she appeared as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, where she performed "Dangerous Woman" and debuted another song from the album, "Be Alright". On March 18, Grande released "Be Alright", which charted at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. In May, among other appearances to promote the album, on The Voice season 10 finale, Grande sang her second single from the album, "Into You" (which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100) and duetted with Christina Aguilera on "Dangerous Woman". She released the album on May 20, 2016; it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 in the UK, No. 2 in Japan, and No. 1 in several other markets, including Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Taiwan. Nolan Feeney commented in Entertainment Weekly that, in the album, Grande "pulls off pop, R&B, reggae, and house – all without overextending herself or pandering to trends". 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, "Side To Side", featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, her eighth top 10 entry on the Hot 100, which peaked at No. 4 on that chart. The video for the song has been viewed more than one billion times. Dangerous Woman and the title track were each nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards.

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Grande on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

In 2016, Grande appeared in a cameo role in the comedy film Zoolander 2 (2016), 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, released additional fragrances and launched a fashion line in collaboration with Lipsy London. Grande garnered positive reviews, as host of 2016 Saturday Night Live in 2016, for her impressions of various singers, some of which she had done on The Tonight Show. 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; "Grande proved she could hold her own amongst the SNL players." Stephanie Webber of Us Weekly called Grande "really, really talented" and praised her "long list of impeccable celebrity impersonations". Grande won an online voting poll on Entertainment Weekly as the "best host of the season". In August, Grande performed Whitney Houston songs in a tribute to 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 singles. Grande made a TV commercial for T-Mobile that first aired in October 2016. She played Penny Pingleton in the December 2016 NBC television broadcast Hairspray Live!. 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, performing in her second consecutive season finale of The Voice, sang "Faith" together with Stevie Wonder; they collaborated on the song for the soundtrack of the 2016 film Sing. She also participated in the Jingle Ball Tour 2016.

Grande began her Dangerous Woman Tour on February 3, 2017, across North America through mid-April, continuing in venues in Europe in May and June 2017, in South America and back in North America into July, followed by several stops in Oceania in September, and then ending with a stop in Asia. 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. [Grande] flaunts professionalism. ... Her agile soprano was strong and unconcealed in every song". Grande's duet with John Legend of the title track of the soundtrack for the 2017 live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast debuted on the Bilboard Hot 100 at No. 87.

All three of her full-length albums have been certified platinum (or better) by the RIAA. Grande has a large following on social media. As of March 2017, Grande's YouTube channel Vevo had accrued more than 15 million subscribers and was ranked as the 25th most subscribed channel; her music videos had been viewed a total of more than 7 billion times; her Instagram account had accumulated more than 100 million followers, ranking her as the 2nd most followed person on Instagram; her Twitter account had more than 45 million followers, placing it as the 17th most followed Twitter account; and her Facebook page had more than 30 million likes.

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On May 22, 2017, after her concert in Manchester ended, an explosion occured in the arena killing 22 concert-goers and injuring more than 500. Grande cancelled all subsequent tour dates through June 5, 2017. Grande organized a benefit concert, One Love Manchester, which took place on June 4, 2017, to aid the victims and their families. Various artists joined Grande for the concert. Grande resumed the tour on June 7, 2017.

On September 21, 2017, the Dangerous Woman Tour ended.

2018–present: Sweetener

On May 6, 2016, Grande began working on her fourth studio album. On March 2, 2018, the album was reported to be finished.[8]

On March 24, 2018, Grande performed at March For Our Lives, a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control, which was organized in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed and 17 others injured.

On April 17, 2018, Grande announced that the lead single, "No Tears Left To Cry", from her fourth studio album, Sweetener, would be released April 20, 2018.[9]

On August 17, 2018, Grande released her fourth studio album, Sweetener. It received positive reviews. The album was released through Republic Records.

Personal life

Relationships

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Grande and Brooks

In 2008, Grande started dating Graham Phillips. They were in a relationship for three years before they broke up in December 2011.

She and her back-up dancer Jordan Viscomi started dating. A few months later, they broke up. They dated from December 2011 to mid 2012.

On October 7, 2012, Grande began dating Jai Brooks, 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.

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Grande and Sykes

In September 2013, after weeks of speculation, Grande and Nathan Sykes 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.[10]

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 grandfather was dying.

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Grande and Big Sean

In August 2014, Grande began dating rapper Big Sean, 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 "Bang Bang". 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, Ricky Alvarez. 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.

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Grande and Miller

In August 2016, Grande started dating rapper Mac Miller, who was previously featured in her 2013 hit single "The Way" and on a remix of her 2016 hit single "Into You". She is also on Miller's album, The Divine Feminine, with the track "My Favorite Part" as a feature. Mac Miller featured in several performances at Grande's One Love Manchester benefit concert held after the Manchester attack. 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 expressing her mourning over his loss.[11]

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Grande and Davidson

In May 2018, it was reported that Grande had begun "casually dating" actor and comedian Pete Davidson. They first met in March 2016 when Grande hosted and performed on Saturday Night Live, on which Davidson is a cast member. In June 2018, Grande confirmed that she and Davidson are engaged.[12]

A song dedicated for Davidson titled "Pete Davidson", is featured on Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener, as an interlude.

Tattoos

Main article: Tattoos

Religion

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."[13]

Philanthropy

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 $500,000 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 Frankie. Grande also partnered with Kleenex on its "Shield Sneeze Swish" campaign.

Discography

Main article: Discography

Filmography

Main article: Filmography

Gallery

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External links

References

Yours Truly
September 3, 2013 • 46:28 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Almost Is Never EnoughBaby IBetter Left UnsaidDaydreamin'Honeymoon AvenueLovin' ItPianoPopular SongRight ThereTattooed HeartThe WayYou'll Never Know
Unreleased Boyfriend MaterialDo You Love MeLa Vie En RoseNobody Does It BetterPink ChampagnePut Your Hearts UpStick AroundSuitcaseVoodoo LoveYou're My Only Shawty
Artists
Ariana GrandeBig SeanMac MillerMIKANathan Sykes
Tour
The Listening Sessions
My Everything
August 25, 2014 • 40:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bang BangBe My BabyBest MistakeBreak FreeBreak Your Heart Right BackCadillac SongHands On MeIntroJust a Little Bit of Your HeartLove Me HarderMy EverythingOne Last TimeOnly 1ProblemToo CloseWhy TryYou Don't Know Me
Unreleased Not Afraid Of LoveRidiculousThe Way It Is
Artists
Ariana GrandeA$AP FergBig SeanCashmere CatChildish GambinoIggy AzaleaJessie JNicki MinajThe WeekndZedd
Tour
The Honeymoon Tour
Dangerous Woman
May 20, 2016 • 39:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bad DecisionsBe AlrightDangerous WomanEverydayFocusGreedyI Don't CareInto YouJason's Song (Gave It Away)Knew Better / Forever BoyLeave Me LonelyLet Me Love YouMoonlightSide To SideSometimesStep On UpThinking Bout YouTouch It
Unreleased Ain't About What You GotIntroIt Ain't RightI've Heard It Both WaysShe Got Her Own
Artists
Ariana GrandeFutureLil WayneMacy GrayNicki Minaj
Tour
Dangerous Woman Tour
Sweetener
August 17, 2018 • 47:25 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Better OffBlazedBorderlineBreathinEverytimeGet Well SoonGod Is A WomanGoodnight N GoNo Tears Left To CryPete DavidsonRaindrops (An Angel Cried)R.E.MSuccessfulSweetenerThe Light Is Coming
Unreleased My WayShe Got Her OwnSoberYou
Artists
Ariana GrandeMissy ElliottNicki MinajPharrell Williams
Tour
The Sweetener Sessions
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