By 2011, Ariana signed with Republic Records to then record her debut song "Put Your Hearts Up". Ariana Grande has claimed that this song did not match the atmosphere of her artistry since her style surfaces around R&B and instead the song is made mostly for Cat Valentine for it's bubblegum pop sound.
A year after the Yours Truly record, Grande released her lead single "Problem" featuring Australian female rapper Iggy Azalea for her sophomore album My Everything on April 28th with an official music video published on May 30th of the same year showing a retro 60's aesthetic and as of January 2017, the video received 940 million views. The track has peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 100, went No. 1 on iTunes in under 30 minutes, and is added on the best selling songs of all time. Problem is especially known to be Grande's biggest hit and made her a bigger sensation in pop music.
On July of 2015, Grande was with her soon ex-dancer/boyfriend Ricky Alvarez in a donut shop in California where TMZ captured the couple allegedly licking a donut off the counter where donuts have been exposed and after the incident an employee shown an oversized donut having Ariana then say, "I hate Americans, I hate America". Since this video has been posted through social media, majority of people were outraged and found this incident inappropriate on Grande's part for her suddenly "diva" behavior toward the staff in the donut shop. Ariana did explain by twitter and on video of why she behaved that way, saying that what she said in the video was beyond foolish and from seeing almost all the food in America becoming so oversized, she wanted people to know that food should come in well-portioned condition to decrease the chances of obesity in the population. Grande's Arianators and others have accepted Grande's apology even though disappointed with her actions, because most people do make mistakes further in their lifetime, but still to this day the donut scandal is very debatable.