Ariana Grande By: dezmond

Known as the small girl with the big voice, Ariana Grande has went from being Nickelodeon starlet to an all-star artist and is definitely one of the biggest stars of today's pop culture.

Ariana Grande is one of the biggest stars in entertainment today for not only starting in television, but really making a big splash into the music industry to become a phenomenal artist worldwide.

Ariana Grande-Butera was born on June 26th of 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida by parents Joan Grande and Edward Butera. Growing up as a child, Ariana has grown a bigger appreciation for music and doing performances such as school plays in her elementary school to beginning of high school and became willing to perform in every single show her school does production on. Grande debuted on center stage at the age of 15 when casting in the broadway show "13" written and composed by Tony-award winner Jason Robert Brown. After "13", she then pursued acting and when moving all the way from Florida to Los Angeles Ariana has gotten a gig that has placed her onto the map of entertainment to play as the red-haired girl Cat Valentine on Victorious which first aired from 2010-2013 for only 3 seasons. She then co-starred with ICarly star Jennette McCurdy on their spinoff show "Sam and Cat" which only aired for one season from 2013-early 2014 due to both actresses wanting to pursue other projects while in Ariana's case was wanting to continue more in music and not much in acting.

After finishing Victorious, Grande did experience her hair severely damaged from constantly bleaching her hair red for each week, making the natural hair fall off into pieces to where she had to put on extensions with a ponytail to help keep the hair together overtime. Ariana's hair did come back to healthy curls in 2015, but wanted to still keep the signature pony although keeps the hair down at times.

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.

By March 25, 2013 Ariana Grande released her first lead single off her debut album Yours Truly called "The Way" featuring rapper Mac Miller. The song entered the Billboard 100 chart at No. 10 while then peaking to No. 9, making Grande the first top 10 for a lead female artist to debut on the hot 100 chart since Yael Naim's song "New Soul" back in 2008. Overall, The Way received positive reviews by critics for it's throwback sound with sampling from Brenda Russell's 1979 song "A Little Bit Of Love" of having pop with R&B and had given Grande much praise for her vocals blending nicely throughout the track and is almost comparable to Mariah's vocal range. As of 2016, The Way has sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S. and is certified triple platinum.

Months after the single came out into airplay, Grande's label released her debut album "Yours Truly" on September 3rd the same year. Yours Truly is an album that truly centers Ariana's vocal range especially track by track with the sweet transitions of throwback R&B of the 90's in the first half of the album to the second half being her own sound with original lyrics by Grande as well. Ariana did state that the record is greatly influenced by Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey, amongst one of her favorite idols. Grande's album debuted to No. 1 on Billboard 200, having her become the first female artist in three and a half years to have her debut record in that peak position since Ke$ha's "Animal" in January of 2010, and fifteenth overall for a female artist. Yours Truly peaked at top 10 positions worldwide in countries including including Australia, Denmark, Japan, Canada, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom having an estimation of 138,000 copies sold during it's opening week with a certification of platinum.

Yours Truly consists of three singles released the same year of the album's debut including "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, "Right There" featuring rapper artist Big Sean, and "Baby I".

Ariana Grande became a new household name for the music industry with her powerhouse voice and has grown an increase in popularity across the globe to where she's gotten to do tv appearances on talk shows as well as performances such as Good Morning America and even in other foreign countries like Japan, and Grande even done photo shoots for major magazines including Seventeen and Cosmopolitan. Ariana received a few nominations on some award shows although won Best New Artist at the 2013 American Music Awards featuring a first time performance of "Tattooed Heart", one of Grande's most notable tracks on her album Yours Truly.

Ariana Grande AMA's 2013

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 August 25th of the same year, Grande's second album "My Everything" made a worldwide debut, featuring hit tracks such as "Problem", "Break Free" featuring EDM producer Zedd, "Love Me Harder" featuring male artist The Weeknd, "Bang Bang" (Which is by English singer Jessie J, but the song is shared with Ariana as this track is in the deluxe version of My Everything) featuring female rapper Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, and One Last time, the last single and only single released in early 2015. Grande calls My Everything an "evolution" album and aside from her previous album Yours Truly, she states that the songs have more creative freedom consisting with R&B, EDM, Hip hop, pop/urban pop/dance pop, and further elements of jazz. The album does center around more mature themes. My Everything did receive major success than the previous album and made Ariana Grande have her big break as an artist with a second consecutive peak of No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first female artist to have her first two albums get to peak at No. 1 on the chart since Scottish singer Susan Boyle with "I Dreamed A Dream" from 2009 and "The Gift" from 2010. My Everything sold over 692,000 copies gaining a certification of 2x platinum in the US. Each of Grande's singles from My Everything peaked at top ten making her also the only artist of 2014 to achieve this almost close to Michael Jackson's record.

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.

From the aftermath the scandal Grande did keep performing such as her Honeymoon Avenue World Tour, her second tour to promote My Everything, which did start in February 25th to October 25th of 2015. In October, the same year, Grande released a song supposedly for her third upcoming album "Moonlight", but further on got scraped from the album as a lead single from the track's flop by critics becoming her worst song to be produced so far, although still has a popular following by majority of fans. By early 2016 Ariana did announce that "Dangerous Woman" is going to be her brand new lead single instead of Focus as well as making the track become the album's name replacing Moonlight to "Dangerous Woman", because the upcoming tracks relate more to the atmosphere of this song since Grande's music is taking a deeper edge while still keeping in tone with her roots as an artist. The Dangerous Woman track debuted on March during a performance on the comedy skit-show "SNL", where Ariana was also taking part as host and took part in skits receiving praise by critics for her vocal performance on the show with excellent comedic timing and impressions of Shakira, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and even Whitney Houston. The song entered Billboard 100 at No. 10, having Grande the first artist in Billboard history to have each lead single off her first three albums to peak at the top ten. The Dangerous Woman album released worldwide on May 20th the same year featuring big hits such as "Dangerous Woman", "Into You", "Side to Side" featuring Nicki Minaj, and the upcoming fourth single "Everyday" featuring male rapper Future. The album peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 200, being her first album so far to not be placed at No. 1, but did get to No. 1 and other high peaks in other countries earning a platinum certification by gaining equivalent units of 1 million. Dangerous Woman received great reviews although some critics were concerned of Grande's mixture of genres ranging from Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop/Rap, Pop, Funk, and even Rock. The atmosphere in Dangerous Woman involves more grown themes, giving Grande a chance to explore more as an independent and confident woman. Ariana stated in a Billboard article from a May issue, where she talks about adult life, family, and how her music will continue for the future, saying that when it comes to drama or hatred going on in her life she would not feed into the problem and instead move forward, becoming a strong and confident dangerous woman who loves horror, dogs (has a total of six dogs and counting), music, and Jim Carrey.


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