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Who is Ariana Grande-Butera?

Who is Ariana Grande-Butera? [2][3] The entertainment music world knows her as Ariana Grande, she is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Ariana grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where she attended North Broward Preparatory School. Grande made her acting debut in 2008 in the 13 on Broadway. From 2010 until 2013, she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and is reprising the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat.[6]role of Charlotte in March 2013, Grande reached mainstream success after her single "The Way" from her debut studio album Yours Truly (2013) became a top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100.[7][8] The album received critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.


Grande was born June 26, 1993 and raised in Boca Raton, Florida; the daughter of Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She has an older brother, Frankie, who is also an actor.[9][10] She is of Italian descent.[11] Growing up, she took part in children's and community theater and attended North Broward Preparatory School.[12][13]


2008–12: Beginnings and acting

In 2008, Grande played the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award. When she joined the musical, Grande left her high school, North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled. The school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors.[12][13] In 2010, she created the original role of Miriam in the reading of the new musical, Cuba Libre, written and produced by Desmond Child.[12] Grande played the character Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, which premiered March 2010. Grande was also featured in Dream Magazine as the cover girl for the August 2011 issue.[14] In 2011, Ariana voiced an animated fairy, Princess Diaspro, on the Nickelodeon series Winx Club and starred as Snow White along with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris in the Pasadena Playhouse production of A Snow White Christmas on December 13–23, 2012.[15]

In August 2011, it was also announced that Victorious was ending its run.[16] Grande tweeted stating that she was not hoping for it to end and was looking forward to being on both shows. It was announced during the network's presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on August 3, 2012 that Sam & Cat, which would pair Grande from Victorious and Jennette McCurdy from iCarly together in a traditional "buddy sitcom" setting, where they would reprise their roles as Cat Valentine and Sam Puckett.[17] Sam & Cat was picked up by Nickelodeon on November 29, 2012.[18] On July 11, 2013, Nickelodeon doubled Sam & Cat's season one twenty episode order, leading to season one having forty episodes.[19]
Grande sang as a soloist in various symphonies, such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonic Orchestras.[4] She has sung various times in NYC's Birdland.[4] Grande performed a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the first-ever broadcast of the national anthem for the Florida Panthers.[4][12] Grande has performed covers of songs such as Mariah Carey's "Emotions" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You",[20][21] and Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You and Me".[22] The third soundtrack for Victorious was released on November 6, 2012, titled as Victorious 3.0. The first single was called "LA Boyz" (which was performed by Grande and Justice) and the music video was released October 18, 2012. In 2012, Grande also sang a duet with MIKA on the single version of his track Popular Song.[23]

2013: Yours Truly

Grande completed her first studio album, Yours Truly, in June 2013.[25] It was released on September 2, 2013 in the UK,[citation needed] and a day later in the US.[26] The album was inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Madonna, Sky Blue from LMFAO, 3OH!3, Kool Kojak, and Pebe Sebert.[27][28][29] On March 26, 2013, Ariana's first single from her debut album, "The Way" featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, was released.[30][31][32] It became a Top 40 hit and Top 10 hit [33][7][8] and also received certifications of Platinum in US (RIAA)[34] and Gold in Australia (ARIA).[35] The album's second single, "Baby I", was released on July 22, 2013.[36] The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 selling 138,000 copies in its first week.[37] Grande is the first female artist to debut at number one on the chart with her first album since Ke$ha’s Animal (2010) and the fifteenth female artist in the charts history to do so.[37][38]
Grande played Amanda Benson "The Mountain Climber" in Swindle, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, by Gordon Korman, along with Sam & Cat co-star Jennette McCurdy.[39][40] On August 25, 2013, Ariana made her MTV Video Music Awards debut performing her singles "Baby I" and "The Way" on the pre-show. On October 1, Grande performed "Popular Song" with Mika on Dancing with the Stars.[41] Grande was nominated for the People's Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist, and for the American Music Award for New Artist of the Year.[42] Grande will perform two songs at the 2013 American Music Awards.[43]


Musical style and voice

Her voice has been compared to that of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.[44][45] Her music is generally pop and contemporary R&B, and has features of funk, dance, and hip hop.[1][46]


Grande is mainly influenced by Mariah Carey, India.Arie and Whitney Houston.[12][47][48] She is also influenced by English singer, composer and songwriter Imogen Heap.[48] Grande is a big fan of Fergie describing her as "fun and passionate".[47][48] She grew up mainly listening to urban pop and 90s music.[46][48] Grande also describes Big Sean as her favorite rapper, with whom she is good friends.[46]

Personal life

From August 2012 to July 2013, Grande dated Jai Brooks, a member of the Australian YouTube group the Janoskians.[49][50][51]
In September 2013, after much speculation, Grande confirmed that she was in a relationship The Wanted's Nathan Sykes. Sykes also tweeted out the news to his fans and thanked everyone for being so lovely about it.[52][53] On October 7, 2013, Brooks accused Grande of cheating on him with Sykes before their relationship ended.[54] Grande later claimed she never cheated on him and he used that post as a way to get his "fifteen minutes of fame."[55]
Grande is a vegan[56] and has adopted three dogs.[57]


At the age of 10, Grande co-founded the youth singing group, Kids Who Care, in South Florida, which performed for charitable fund-raising events, raising over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone.[12] In the summer of 2009, as a member of the charitable organization, Broadway in South Africa, Grande performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa along with her brother Frankie.[5][9][58] Grande is also partnering with Kleenex on its "Shield Sneeze Swish" campaign.[24]
After watching Blackfish she urged fans to stop supporting SeaWorld.[59]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Battery's Down Bat Mitzvah Riffer Episode: "Bad Bad News" (season 2)
2010–13 Victorious Cat Valentine Main role
2011 iCarly Cat Valentine Episode: "iParty with Victorious" (season 4)
2011 Winx Club Princess Diaspro Voice role; 4 episodes
2013 Swindle Amanda Benson
2013– Sam & Cat Cat Valentine Co-lead role


Year Show Role
2008 13 Charlotte / u/s Patrice
2012 Cuba Libre[12] Miriam
2012 A Snow White Christmas[60] Snow White


Yours Truly (2013)


Awards and nominations

Grande won a Billboard Mid-Year Music Award in 2013 in the category Best Newcomer. Billboard's 21 Under 21: Music's Hottest Minors, ranks her at fourth place on the list of the 21 most attractive young artists of 2013.[61]
Year Award Category Work Result
2008 National Youth Theatre Association Awards Best Actress 13 Won[62]
2010 Hollywood Teen TV Awards Teen Pick Actress: Comedy Victorious Nominated[63]
2012 Favorite Television Actress Won[64]
2013 Billboard Mid-Year Music Awards Best Newcomer
Teen Choice Awards Best Love Song The Way Nominated
Best Breakout Artist
Candies' Style Icon
Mtv Europe Music Awards Artist On The Rise
American Music Awards New Artist of The Year
2014 People's Chice Awards Favorite Breakout Artist


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