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Ariana Grande – Photo: Katia Temkin (Courtesy of Republic Records)
Ariana Grande – Photo: Katia Temkin (Courtesy of Republic Records)

Ariana Grande-Butera was born on June 26, 1993, in Boca Raton, Florida.

Her family moved from New York to Florida before her birth, and her parents separated when she was eight or nine years old.

As a young child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater, playing her first role as the title character in the musical Annie. She also performed in their productions of The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.

She has credited Gloria Estefan with inspiring her to pursue a music career after Estefan saw and complimented Grande’s performance on a cruise ship when she was eight years old.

At age ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed at charitable fund-raisers and raised over $500,000 in 2007 alone.

In 2008, Grande was cast as cheerleader Charlotte in the Broadway musical 13. The Broadway production closed on January 4, 2009 after a total of 105 performances.

Grande was cast in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious along with 13 co-star Elizabeth Gillies in 2009. In the sitcom, set at a performing arts high school, she played the “adorably dimwitted” Cat Valentine. The role helped propel Grande to teen idol status.

In May 2011, Grande appeared in Greyson Chance’s video for the song “Unfriend You” from his album Hold On ’til the Night (2011), portraying his ex-girlfriend.

Grande voiced the title role in the English dub of the Spanish-language animated film Snowflake, the White Gorilla in November 2011. From 2011 to 2013, she was cast in the role of fairy Princess Diaspro in the Nickelodeon revival of Winx Club.

After signing with Republic Records, Grande released her debut single “Put Your Hearts Up” in December 2011.

She has been a vegan since 2013.

In April 2013, she made her chart debut with “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Grande released her debut album, Yours Truly, on August 30, 2013. A pop and R&B record influenced by 1950s doo-wop, Yours Truly debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.

On May 22, 2017, her concert at Manchester Arena was the target of a suicide bombing—a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb detonated by an Islamic extremist, motivated by Muslim casualties from US intervention in the Syrian Civil War, as people were leaving the arena. The Manchester Arena bombing, which occurred at the City Room, caused 22 deaths and injured hundreds more. Grande suspended the remainder of the tour and held a televised benefit concert, One Love Manchester, on June 4, helping to raise $23 million to aid the bombing’s victims and affected families.

To recognize her efforts, the Manchester City Council named Grande the first honorary citizen of Manchester and, later in the year, she was reported to have declined an honorary UK Damehood.

In August 2017, Grande appeared in an Apple Music Carpool Karaoke episode, singing musical theatre songs with American entertainer Seth MacFarlane. In December 2017, Billboard magazine named her “Female Artist of the Year”

Throughout her career thus far, Grande has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

With a large following on social media, Grande is one of the most influential celebrities on the internet. As of January 2024, her YouTube channel has over 53 million subscribers. Her music videos have been viewed a total of over 25 billion times. Her Spotify profile has amassed over 95 million followers, making her the fourth most-followed artist and second most-followed woman.(Taylor Swift is the most followed).

Having amassed over 105 billion consumed streams thus far, Grande is the most streamed female artist ever. She is also the most streamed female artist of the 2010s on Spotify and Apple Music.

Grande became the first solo artist to occupy the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with “7 Rings” at number one, her third single “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” debuting at number two, and her lead single “Thank U, Next” rose to number three, and the overall second artist to do so since The Beatles did in 1964 when they occupied the top five spots

She has amassed 85 chart entries on the Billboard Hot 100—the third most entries for a female artist—including ten number-ones and 22 top-10 hits altogether so far.

Grande surpassed Paul McCartney as the artist with the most number-one duets in Hot 100 history, with four songs.

She broke the record for the most number-one debuts on the Hot 100 with the 2020 collaborations “Stuck with U” with Justin Bieber and “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga.

As of March 2024, Grande has 85 entries on the Hot 100, tying Grande with Beyonce as the third female artist with the most 100 entries.

Products and endorsements by the singer include handbags, makeup, a fashion line, cat ear headphones was a brand ambassador for Reebok and Grande has released thirteen fragrances with Luxe Brands.

In June 2019, Grande announced that she co-executive produced the soundtrack to the film Charlie’s Angels; a collaboration with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, titled “Don’t Call Me Angel”, was released as the lead single on September 13, 2019. It was later nominated for Best Original Song, at the 24th Satellite Awards.

Grande began dating real estate agent Dalton Gomez in January 2020. On May 15, 2021, they married in a private ceremony at her home in Montecito, California. The couple separated in February 2023 and simultaneously filed for divorce in September, citing “irreconcilable differences”.

In 2020, she became the first act to have her first five number-one singles, “Thank U, Next”, “7 Rings”, “Stuck With U”, “Rain on Me”, and “Positions” debut at number one; that year, Grande also broke the record for the most number one debuts and became the first female artist topping Global 200, Global 200 Excl. US and Hot 100 simultaneously.

Important Dates In The Life Of Ariana Grande:

On this day in music
23 Jan 2024
Max Martin broke Beatles producer George Martin's record for the most No.1 hits as a producer when 'Yes, And?' by Ariana Grande, became his 24th chart-topping production. His first was '...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears in 1999.
30 Aug 2020
At the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga was the most awarded act of the night winning song of the year for 'Rain on Me' (with Ariana Grande), Artist of the Year and the MTV Tricon Award. BTS won Best Group, Coldplay won Best Rock track for 'Orphans' and Video of the Year went to The Weeknd for 'Blinding Lights'.
27 Feb 2019
American singer Ariana Grande was at No.1 on the UK charts with her fifth studio album Thank U, Next. The album was preceded by two singles; the title track and '7 Rings', both of which debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Grande's first two No.1 songs in the US.
23 Feb 2019
Ariana Grande became the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the US Hot 100 in the same week, a feat previously accomplished only by The Beatles. The songs: No.1: '7 Rings', No.2: 'Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored' and at No.3: 'Thank U, Next'.
29 Aug 2018
Ariana Grande was at No.1 on the UK album chart with her fourth studio album Sweetener. The album which features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott also topped the US charts and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album marking Grande's first career Grammy win.
23 Feb 2017
Jay Z was set to become first rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson. But no rapper had ever made the cut before. Jay Z would be inducted as part of the hall's class of 2017 alongside Max Martin, who has written songs for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.
23 Nov 2015
Taylor Swift dominated the American Music Awards, winning three prizes, including album of the year and song of the year. One Direction were named favourite group and artist of the year, for the second year in a row and Ariana Grande was the surprise winner of best female, beating Taylor Swift.
3 Dec 2014
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the most-streamed artist in the world by Spotify. The 23-year-old had racked up more than 860 million streams on the service, beating Eminem and Coldplay who came second and third respectively. Katy Perry was the year's most streamed female artist, with Ariana Grande second and Lana Del Rey third.
9 Nov 2014
One Direction were the big winners at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Glasgow, Scotland, picking up three awards including best pop act. They also won best live and biggest fans. Ariana Grande picked up her first EMA's for best female and best song for 'Problem'. 5 Seconds Of Summer won the Best New Act award.
16 Sep 2014
American singer Ariana Grande was at No.1 on the US album chart with My Everything the singers second studio album. The album also debuted at No.1 in Australia and Canada and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide.
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