|“||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 (never happening again), 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 Grande thanking her fans
Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American actress, model and singer who currently plays the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon TV series Sam & Cat, after portraying the same character in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious, where she gained popularity in.
Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She is of Italian descent, half Sicilian, half Abruzzese. Her name was inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat. Grande's parents are Joan Grande and Edward Butera, a graphic designer. She has an older brother, Frankie Grande, who is a performer and producer. He also was one of Grande's backup dancers on her first tour. Grande sang as a soloist in various symphonies, such as South Florida's Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonia Orchestras. She has sang various times in NYC's Birdland and has sang the National Anthem on the first live broadcast of the Florida Panthers hockey league.
2008–12: Beginnings and acting breakthrough
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. Grande played the character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, which premiered in March 2010. Grande was also featured in Dream Magazine as the cover girl for the August 2011 issue. In 2011, Ariana 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.
In the following month it was also announced that Victorious's current season (Season 3, which was split to a fourth season) will be the last. 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. Boys" (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. Sam & Cat was picked up by Nickelodeon on November 29, 2012. The pilot showed them becoming roommates who launch a babysitting business for income.
2013-present: Musical beginnings
Grande completed her first studio album, Yours Truly, in June 2013 which took three years to complete. It was released in the US on September 3rd, 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 from my diary, instead of keeping 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, Ariana 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, Ariana's first single off her debut album, "The Way" featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, was released.
In 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 on August 2013. A month later after weeks of speculation, Ariana and Nathan Sykes from British boyband "The Wanted" confirmed their relationship on twitter. They were spotted holding hands and hugging in Disneyland, the same place that Ariana took Jai to. There was much outrage on twitter with Ariana and Jai's families on Twitter over lies and false rumours. On what would've been Jai and Ariana's one year anniversary, Jai tweeted and claimed that Grande cheated on him. Luke, Jai's twin brother, also DMed a fan on Twitter, claiming Ariana cheated on him with Mac Miller, and then Nathan Sykes. Ariana has denied all claims, saying that Brooks is only using her for her fame.
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 is also partnering with Kleenex on its "Shield Sneeze Swish" campaign. Ariana Grande also performed at the DVD release concert of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked in Los Angeles.
|2008||13: The Musical||Charlotte||Original Broadway cast|
|2012||A Snow White Christmas||Amanda||Original cast, Stage production at Pasadena Playhouse|
|2010-present||Victorious||Cat Valentine||Main role|
|2011||iCarly||Cat Valentine||Guest star in "iParty with Victorious"|
(Season 4, Episodes 11-13)
|Winx Club||Princess Diaspro||Recurring role, voice only|
|2012||Figure It Out||Herself||Judge panelist|
|2013||Sam & Cat||Cat Valentine||Main & lead role|
|2013||Swindle||Amanda Benson||Main role|
|"You call for me, I'm right there."|
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