Ariana Grande, real name Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer and actress. She became known for her role as Cat Valentine in the “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat” series. She is also Justin Bieber’s protege and is produced by Scooter Braun.
In 2015, she distinguished herself with a feminist manifesto in which she attacked the attention paid to the sentimental lives of women, in particular her own.
Of Italian descent, Ariana Grande grew up in Florida with her parents and brother Frankie. Having always wanted to be a star, she quickly took singing lessons and made her stage debut in the city of Boca Raton, where she is from. Ariana Grande is sometimes found in the tabloid press, like any self-respecting celebrity. In 2015, she was filmed with one of her dancers licking the frosting off a donut while whispering, “I hate America”. She then explained that she was proud to be American and that she was just criticizing her country’s penchant for overeating.
Born on June 26, 1993, Ariana Grande was launched in 2008 in the musical 13 on Broadway, where she played the character of Charlotte, a role which earned her a National Youth Theater Association Award. She then continued her meteoric rise with the sitcoms Cuba Libre, Victorious (from 2010 to 2013) then Sam and Cat (in 2013 and 2014).
Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Ariana Grande-Butera is the only daughter of Joan Grande, CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, and Edward Butera, graphic designer. She has an older half-brother named Frank James “Frankie” Grande (born January 24, 1983), who is a dancer, producer, director and actor. Ariana has Sicilian, Abruzzo, Greek and North African origins, but without knowing the country in question. When she was younger, she studied at school.
Born in Florida to a family of Italian descent, she was raised in the Catholic religion. She said she left the Church because of her positions on gay rights. She is now a follower of Kabbalah , a spiritual movement that aims to reveal the teachings of Judaic mysticism to a non-Jewish audience, which also attracted Madonna. The star has revealed that she has suffered since childhood from an hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) treated with methylphenidate. She is currently in a relationship with American rapper Mac Miller.
As a teenager, Ariana Grande moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in the theater, but she also had in mind to become a singer. In 2008, she starred in the musical “13”, which won her a National Youth Theater Association Award. The following year, she got a role in the sitcom “Victorious”, which propelled her to the rank of star. But it is the music that attracts him the most. His covers of Adèle, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston on YouTube did not go unnoticed.
The revelation on the small screen
In 2008, Ariana Grande played the role of Charlotte in “13”, a Broadway musical. Noted for her talent, she won a National Youth Theater Association Award. She then left college and took correspondence courses. In 2009, it is the revelation: she is chosen to play Cat Valentine in the television series “Victorious”. This role forced her to dye her hair red, but Ariana Grande immediately become a star! During this period, she also recorded her first songs, for the original tapes of the series.
At the age of 17, she played the character of Miriam for the musical, Cuba Libre , written and produced by Desmond Child.. That same year, Ariana played the role of Cat Valentine in the sitcom, Victorious, broadcast on the Nickelodeon channel. This role will help her to become known and gain many fans.
She doubled the voice of the character Princess Diaspro in 2011 in a special episode of the animated series, Winx Club before doubling the character for the second time for the second American dub of the third season (the season had already been dubbed in 2006). She will resume the character dubbing for the fifth season but will be replaced from the sixth. She also played the role of Snow White in the play, “A Snow White Christmas” – alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Charlene Tilton.
Nickelodeon announces in which the Victorious series is not going to be renewed for a fourth season. However, a few days later, it was announced that the young woman would reprise her role for a spin-off – titled Sam and Cat, alongside Jennette McCurdy (aka Sam Puckett on the sitcom, iCarly ). The series is commissioned by the same channel, Nickelodeon, and launched on.
Ariana Grande released her first album, “Yours Truly” in August 2013. Unsurprisingly, it was a huge success: the album was directly ranked number 1 in the American charts. This first opus includes the hits “The Way”, “Baby I” and “Right There”. The young singer collaborates with Nathan Sykes on “Almost Is Never Enough” and joins Justin Bieber on stage for a few dates. She won the title of New Artist of the Year 2013 at the American Music Awards. In January 2014, Ariana Grande released her second album, titled “My Everything”. Carried by the singles “Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”, the album is placed directly at the top of the charts. In early 2015, Ariana Grande went on tour around the world.
At the end of her tour in October, she stormed the charts again with a new single, “Focus”. This is the first single from her third album, “Dangerous Woman”, which hit stores in May 2016 and is at the top of the charts in many countries. The music video for the single, “Side to Side”, a duet with Nicki Minaj, has been viewed over a billion times on YouTube. In February 2017, the singer goes on a world tour, but her “Dangerous Woman Tour” is in mourning after a terrorist attack at the end of one of her concerts in Manchester. The same year, Ariana Grande sang a duet with John Legend for the new version of “Beauty and the Beast”.
“Sweetener”, the album of maturity
Named “Artist of the Year 2017” by Billboard, Ariana Grande takes part in the concert in tribute to the victims of the Manchester bombing: “One Love Manchester”. At the end of the year, she sang a duet with Seth MacFarlane for an episode of “Carpool Karaoke”. In March 2018, the singer released the single “No Tears Left to Cry”, the first single from her album “Sweetener”. Other titles follow: “The Light Is Coming”, with Nicki Minaj and “God Is a Woman”. She defends these new songs during the “Sweetener Sessions”, in prestigious venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. The album “Sweetener”, released in August 2018, directly reached the top of the American charts.
Spotted by Justin Bieber
While she continued the comedy by resuming her role of Cat Valentine and playing in the TV movie “Pay Per View”, she announced in August 2013 that she wanted to devote herself to music. Wise decision! Indeed, the superstar Justin Bieber immediately recruits her to do the first part of her “Believe Tour” for a few dates during the summer.
Since then, she is known to have become her little protégé , multiplying the studio sessions at her side. During the winter, she released a CD of covers of Christmas carols available for download, “Chrismas Kisses”.
An artist with a big heart
If Ariana Grande is now the idol of all teenage girls, it is also because she is an artist who listens to others. She is part of the “Broadway” charity and every year she travels to South Africa to teach music and dance to underprivileged children.
Very courageous, she also published an article on the Huffington Post news site to denounce violence in schools and in the workplace.
World Tour and “Dangerous Woman”
On February 25, 2015, she began her first world tour, “The Honeymoon Tour”, in Independence, Missouri, United States. She will end her journey on October 29, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Overall the tour was praised by critics, often impressed with Ariana Grande’s vocal performances.
In spring 2015, Ariana Grande confirms that she is preparing her third album and that it should be called “Moonlight” , without advancing a release date.
In September 2015, she was in the cast of the new horror series from the creator of Glee and American Horror Story, titled Scream Queens.
She also sings “E Più Ti Penso” in collaboration with the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, taken from “Cinema”, the singer’s album.
At the end of October 2015, she released “Focus”, the first single from her new album. Ariana Grande will reveal that it is the voice of singer and actor Jamie Foxx that we hear during the chorus. After announcing that her album would be called Moonlight, the singer turned around and decided to change the latter’s name. She ultimately opts for Dangerous Woman, which is also the title of one of the songs on the album. Ariana Grande’s second opus will be released on May 20, 2016.
On May 22, 2017, her Dangerous Woman Tour was marked by tragedy when a suicide bombing at the end of her concert at Manchester Arena left 22 people dead and 116 injured. The singer, traumatized, interrupts her tour but returns to the city for a charity concert called “One Love Manchester” to raise funds for the victims of the terrorist attack.
She returned with the first single from her new album “No Tears Left To Cry” in April 2018 and then released two duets with Nicki Minaj “Bed” and “The Light Is Coming”. Her fourth album, titled “Sweetener” and marked by the Manchester Arena bombing, was released on August 17, 2018.
On November 10, 2018, Ariana Grande was voted “International Female Artist of the Year” at the NRJ Music Awards 20th Edition.
Ariana Grande: a successful year 2020
The year 2020 is rich in collaborations for the superstar. The American artist sings with Justin Bieber on “Stuck with U” but also with Lady Gaga on “Rain on Me”. These two hits, released in May, are reaching new heights in the American and French charts.
In September, she became the first woman to reach 200 million followers on Instagram! The singer announces the release of a new album “Positions” for October 30 as well as a single of the same name for October 23, 2020.
Ariana Grande has been revealed to be hypoglycemic and suffering from a severe hyperactivity disorder, for which she has been on treatment (methylphenidate) since her childhood. She’s been vegan ever since. As a child, she was brought up in the Catholic religion but as she grew up she turned to the Kabbalah.
She was in a relationship with Jai Brooks of the Australian group of Youtube, The Janoskians from August 2012 to July 2013 then with the British singer, Nathan Sykes, member of the group The Wanted from August to December 2013. In May 2014, he is announced that she is in a relationship with Jai Brooks again but they separate again a few months later. From August 2014 to April 2015, she had a relationship with rapper Big Sean .
Between and, Ariana is dating one of her dancers, Ricky Alvarez. She dedicated the song “Moonlight” from her third album to him.
In, she began dating American rapper Mac Miller, a longtime friend. They split up early following the rapper’s addiction problems.
Since mid-, she has been dating American actor and comedian Pete Davidson, best known for appearing on Saturday Night Live. Their engagement is announced on. They got married in May 2021.
At the age of 10, Ariana Grande co-founded a music group, Kids Who Care, which sang for many associations; in 2007, the young woman managed to harvest by singing solo. In the summer of 2009, as part of an organization for South Africa, Ariana gave singing and dancing lessons to the children of Gugulethu, with the help of her half-brother Frankie. She was also involved in the Kleenex brand campaign in 2012. In September 2013, Ariana Grande recorded a song called UR What You Eat with several other artists for the Songs for a Healthier America album. This album is a project of the Partnership for a Healthier America organization and aims to inspire young people to play sports and take care of their health through songs performed by several R&B music stars.
●2011: Snowflake, the white gorilla ( Floquet de Neu ) by Andrés G. Schaer: Snowflake (voice)
●2015: Foosball ( Metegol ) by Juan José Campanella : Laura (voice – film produced in 2013, dubbing produced in 2015)
●2016: Zoolander 2 ( Zoolander No. 2 ) by Ben Stiller : The Woman in Latex (cameo)
●2009: The Battery’s Down : Bat Mitzvah Riffer (season 2, episode 2)
●2010-2013: Victorious : Caterina “Cat” Valentine
●2011: iCarly : Caterina “Cat” Valentine (season 4, episode 11)
●2011-2013: Winx Club : Princess Diaspro (voice, special episode, season 3 and season 5)
●2013: Pay Per View Scam : Amanda “Mandy” Benson – La Gymnaste (TV Movie)
●2013-2014: Sam and Cat : Caterina “Cat” Valentine
●2014: The Griffins : Italian Girl (voice, season 12, episode 12)
●2014: Saturday Night Live : She-Ra (season 40, episode 1)
●2015: Scream Queens : Sonya “Chanel # 2” Herfmann (season 1, 4 episodes)
●2016: Saturday Night Live : Multiple Roles (Season 41, Episode 15)
●2016: Hairspray Live! : Penny Pingleton (Live TV Movie)
Ariana Grande to star in a unique show for Fortnite
With her career at the top, it is evident that Ariana Grande is approached for collaborations. And it is with the famous online game developed by Epic Games, Fortnite, that the interpreter of “7 Rings” decided to work.
Indeed, the famous singer has joined this multiplatform for a unique online show, composed of five performances between August 6 and 8.
“Working with Epic and the Fortnite team to bring my music to life within the game has been a lot of fun and a great honor, ” she said in a statement. I look forward to joining my fans and seeing all of your reactions to this unforgettable magical journey to new realities. ”
For the occasion, Dalton Gomez‘s wife has transformed into an avatar, obviously wearing her legendary ponytail and wearing an outfit that is both sexy and futuristic.
As a reminder, this is not the first time that the online game has called on artists for virtual concerts. Before Ariana Grande, Travis Scott or even Marshmello had also been chosen for this kind of event.
5 things you didn’t know about Ariana Grande
You know that she is American, that she is a singer, that she sang with Mac Miller, Iggy Azalea or even Steevie Wonder, but did you know that she also did a duet with Kendji Girac?
1. She owes her first name to a cartoon
Ariana is not a common given name in the United States. Her parents were actually inspired by Princess Oriana, in the cartoon “Felix The Cat”.
2. She started on Broadway
At age 15, Ariana Grande played cheerleader Charlotte in the musical “13”. She had more than a hundred performances on Broadway before landing the role of Cat Valentine in the series “Victorius”, on Nickelodeon, which she played for four years. She also starred in “Snow White Christmas” in 2012, with Neil Patrick Harris, before devoting herself solely to song and releasing her debut album “Yours Truly” in 2013.
3. She is a feminist
Ariana Grande was modeled on her mother, Joan Marguerite Grande, a business owner. In an interview with ” ComplexIn 2013, she said, “She is the most badass and independent woman you have ever met – not the type to bake cookies.” So she too has become “badass”. And feminist. In 2015, she wrote a text denouncing the misogyny and double standards suffered by women in the media and on social networks. “I’m tired of living in a world where women are mostly mentioned as being the past, present or future property of a man,” described the young woman, then 21 years old. “I don’t belong to anyone and neither do you.” She added, “I can’t wait to live in a world where people don’t just match who they date, married or sleep with. »One more proof of her feminism? Her song “God is a woman” (translation: “Dieu est une femme”).
4. She is an expert in imitations
Ariana Grande has never taken voice lessons. She learned on her own to use her soprano voice spanning four octaves, one note and one semitone. By imitating her favorite stars, like Whitney Houston. Result: she knows how to imitate him to perfection. Just like Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears.
5. She did a duet with Kendji Girac
In a version of the title “One Last Time”, released in 2015, it is Kendji Girac who sings the refrains in French. An idea from their joint production house, Mercury. If the French singer and the American singer did not meet in studio, they found themselves on the stage of the Zenith of Paris, in May 2015, during the tour “Honeymoon Tour” of Ariana Grande, to sing together.