Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer and actress. Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Grande began her career at age 15 in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to fame for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious and Sam & Cat. She signed with Republic Records in 2011 after the label’s executives discovered YouTube videos of her covering songs.
About Ariana Grande in brief
Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer and actress. Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Grande began her career at age 15 in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to fame for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious and Sam & Cat. She signed with Republic Records in 2011 after the label’s executives discovered YouTube videos of her covering songs. She has received various accolades throughout her career, including one Grammy Award, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards and nine MTV Video Music Awards. All five of Grande’s full-length albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. She is the most streamed female artist on Spotify and Apple Music, and is currently the most followed solo femaleArtist on Spotify, and YouTube. Since 2019, Grande is the more followed woman on Instagram. She also holds several Billboard Hot 100 chart records; among the above, she is also the only artist to have five number-one debuts, to have their first five number one singles debut at the top spot, and to have three number one-debuts in one calendar year. In 2020, her collaborations with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga helped her break the record for most number one debuts on the Hot 100. Grande is of Italian descent, and she refers to herself as an Italian American of half Sicilian and half Abruzzese descent. Her parents moved from New York to Florida before her birth, and her parents separated when she was approximately ten years old.
Grande has an older half-brother, Frankie Grande, who is an entertainer and producer, and has a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Grande. She attended Florida’s Pine Crest Preparatory School and Pine Crest High School. As a young child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale’s Children’s Theater, playing her first role as Annie in their version of The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. At the age of eight, she performed at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship. By 13, she became serious about pursuing a music career, although she still concentrated on theater. She made her first national television appearance singing for the Star-Spangled Banner for the Florida Sunshine Pops Symphonic Orchestras. In 2012, she appeared in the musical 13, playing the title character in the title role of the musical. In 2013, she starred in the film version of Annie in which she also sang the lead role. In 2014, she had her first of four consecutive number-1 albums in the UK Singles Chart. In 2015, she released her fourth studio album, Sweetener, which was both critical and commercial successes. In 2016, she won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. In 2017, she was nominated for the Album of the Year for Sweetener and Thank U, Next. In 2018, her fifth studio album was released, and its title track, Positions, debuted at number one in the US and US.