Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress.
She began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2009. After three seasons, the show ended, and Grande starred on the spinoff, Sam & Cat, which ended in 2014. She has also appeared in other theatres, television and film roles and lent her voice to animated television and films. Grande has been featured on the cover of numerous teen and music magazines.
Grande’s music career began with the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011). She signed a recording contract with Republic Records and released her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013), which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “The Way”, became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her wide vocal range to Mariah Carey. Her second studio album, My Everything (2014), also reached number one in the United States. It contained the hit singles “Problem” and “Break Free”. With songs “Break Free”, “Problem”, “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder”, she spent 34 continuous weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. In 2015, she is promoting My Everything in North America and Europe with a tour titled The Honeymoon Tour.
Some of Grande’s honors include New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Music Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Year by the Music Business Association, “Best Pop Video” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, “Best Song” and “Best Female” at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida. Her mother is a chief executive officer of a telephone and alarm system company, and her father owns a graphic design firm in Boca Raton. Grande is of Italian descent, and has stated that she is “half Sicilian and half Abruzzese”.