Ariana Grande was born June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida, and is an Italian-born American actress, singer-songwriter, and producer3,4,5.
She began her career in 2007, at the age of 15, playing the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 (in) on Broadway, she became known by playing the role of Cat Valentine in the sitcom Victorious, as well as for taking on the same role in his spin-off Sam and Cat, becoming one of the muses of the Nickelodeon channel.
Although already present in music through several projects such as her series or her YouTube channel, she truly launched her musical career in March 2013, releasing her first single entitled The Way, in a duet with Mac Miller, which tops Billboard Hot 100 and is certified double platinum by the RIAA6. His debut album, Yours Truly, hit the Billboard 200 chart and received positive reviews. She was then the first artist to have a first chart-topping album since Kesha’s Animal album in January 20107. Her second album, My Everything, also reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making her the No. first female artist to have had her first two consecutive number one albums since Susan Boyle8. The first single, Problem, duet with Iggy Azalea, ranks second on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been number one for iTunes downloads in over fifty countries. In 2016, with the release of her third album Dangerous Woman, she became the first artist in history to have had the first singles of each of her albums in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 1009.
In 2013, she won the prize for best new artist of the year at the American Music Awards and was then elected “artist of the year” in 2016.10 In 2014, she was elected “revelation of the year” by The Music Business Association and was nominated in the “Best New Artist” category at the Billboard Music Awards11. She was also nominated for the Grammy for the first time in 2015 for her album My Everything and the following years for Dangerous Woman and Sweetener. The latter won the prize for best pop vocal album at the 61st ceremony, becoming the singer’s first victory at this ceremony.
In November 2018, for the first time in her career, she reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her single Thank U, Next which went straight to No. 1, dethroning the song Girls Like You from Maroon 512.
She was named “Woman of the Year” in 2018 by Billboard, an internationally renowned American weekly magazine specializing in the music industry13.
His fifth album, Thank U, Next, sets him multiple records and ranks number one in sales just five minutes after its release and debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also sets him a record-breaking record. historic by ranking three of her tracks from this album in first, second and third place on the Billboard Hot 100, a record she shares with the Beatles who had placed five in the first five places in 1964.
Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Ariana Grande-Butera is the only daughter of Joan Marguerite Grande, CEO of Hose-McCann Communications15, and Edward Butera, graphic designer16. She has an older half-brother named Frank James “Frankie” Grande (born January 24, 1983), who is a dancer, producer, director and actor17. When she was younger, she studied at North Broward Preparatory School18. Her parents are of Italian origin, and her grandparents also have Greek and North African origins19.
His debut and Victorious (2008-2012)
In 2008, at the age of fifteen, Ariana Grande played the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 (en) on Broadway. Through this role, she won a National Youth Theater Association Award. In order to be able to star in this musical, she had to drop out of high school and start taking correspondence courses.
At the age of 17, she played the character of Miriam for the musical, Cuba Libre, written and produced by Desmond Child18. That same year, from March 2010, Ariana played the role of Cat Valentine in the sitcom, Victorious, broadcast on the Nickelodeon channel. This role will help him to get 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, in December 201220.
Nickelodeon announced in August 2012 that the Victorious series was not going to be renewed for a fourth season21. 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 in the sitcom, iCarly) 22. The series is commissioned by the same channel, Nickelodeon, and launches on June 8, 2013.
Apart from her acting career, Ariana Grande has also sung extensively in symphonies such as Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonic Orchestras23, and also numerous times at Birdland in New York23. At the age of 824, she also performed the national anthem for the Florida hockey team during the “Star-Spangled Banner” 18. At the same time, Ariana Grande regularly posts videos of her featuring songs from other artists on her personal YouTube channel.
On December 12, 2011, Ariana Grande released her first single titled Put Your Hearts Up, but she didn’t like the result. She later decides to forget this single, even calling it “the worst moment of my life” during an interview in 2014.25 She also recorded several songs for the series Victorious which are all available in the soundtracks of the series; one of them, LA Boyz a duet with Victoria Justice, was chosen as the first single for the release of the third and final soundtrack of the series on November 6, 2012. The same year, Ariana Grande released a single in featuring with the famous singer, Mika – titled Popular Song.
Yours Truly and Christmas Kisses (2013)
Ariana Grande released her first official single, The Way, on March 26, 2013 featuring rapper Mac Miller27. The single sold more than 120,000 copies in 48 hours28, then more than 219,000 copies in the first week of its release behind Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake and Best Song Ever by One Direction29. On April 5, 2013, the single seated at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week. Since its release, The Way has exceeded two million copies in the United States and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. However, despite the great success of this first single, Ariana Grande was sued by Minder Music for having copied certain lyrics from the song Troglodyte (1972) by Jimmy Castor30. Subsequently, she released two more singles; Baby I and Right There featuring Big Sean31.
Ariana Grande finished recording her debut album in June 2013, Yours Truly32. She then went on tour from August 13, 2013 to promote the album; this tour is called The Listening Sessions. Before leaving, she opened for Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour for three dates. Also in August 2013, Ariana Grande played the role of Amanda Benson in the TV movie, Pay Per View alongside her partner in Sam and Cat, Jennette McCurdy for the Nickelodeon33 channel.
His very first album, Yours Truly, was released in the UK on September 2, 2013 and the following day in the US34. After selling over 138,000 copies in the first week, the album topped the 2003 Billboard.5 Yours Truly also tops the Top 10 in Australia36, the UK37, Ireland38 and the Netherlands. Bottom39.
Subsequently, she sang at the MTV Video Music Awards, as well as in the show Dancing with the Stars with Mika40, then at the American Music Awards, where she won the “Revelation of the year” 41 award. She is also voted “the most talked about artist on Twitter”; more than 231,966 tweets speak of the young woman42. Her vocal performances on her two tracks, The Way and Tattooed Heart, caught the attention of singers, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga43.
Before releasing her first EP Christmas Kisses, a compilation containing Christmas songs including one featuring Elizabeth Gillies, her former sidekick in 13 and Victorious, in December 2013, Ariana Grande sang for the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade44, as well as ‘at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree45, then at the KISS-FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles. After performing at Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden46, Ariana Grande sings with Big Sean and Mac Miller at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve47.
My Everything and the end of Sam & Cat (2014)
In January 2014, Ariana Grande announced that she had started recording her second album48 and that she was working with Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco49 [insufficient source]. In March 2014, President Barack Obama and his wife invited the young woman to come and sing at the White House; she then participated in the concert “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” on March 6. She also sang during the “White House Easter Egg Roll” on April 21 of the same year51.
Shortly thereafter, Ariana Grande received the Honorary “Revelation of the Year” award from The Music Business Association. She then declares that she has just finished recording her second album52. The first single, Problem featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, was released on April 28, 2014. Ariana Grande sang it in public for the first time the day before, during the Radio Disney Music Awards53. In the first week after its release, the single was downloaded more than 438,000 times54 and ranked second on the Billboard Hot 10055.
Ariana Grande unveiled in June 2014 the name of her second album, My Everything, as well as the cover art, the track list and the release date56. On July 2 MTV airs a special called Total Ariana Live. That evening, Ariana Grande unveiled in public the second single Break Free featuring DJ Zedd57.
The Nickelodeon channel announced on July 13, 2014 the cancellation of the Sam and Cat series after only one season of thirty-five episodes58. Ariana Grande responded to this cancellation by posting a long message on her Facebook page stating that the character of Cat Valentine had marked her and had changed her life. The same month, Ariana Grande participated with rapper Nicki Minaj in singer Jessie J60’s song Bang Bang. Thanks to this song, Ariana Grande finds herself with three tracks in the top 6 of the Billboard Digital Songs Chart simultaneously with Problem and Break Free, and thus becomes the second woman to have had three tracks in a top 1061; this record is so far held only by singer Adele.
In August, Ariana Grande totaled four titles at the same time in the top 10 sales on Itunes in the United States with Best Mistake (no 1), Bang Bang (no 3), Break Free (no 4) and Problem (no 10) . On August 22, 2014, Ariana Grande’s second album, My Everything, was released in select countries. More R&B oriented than his previous album, the album contains features with Childish Gambino, The Weeknd or ASAP Ferg. The album became number 1 in sales on iTunes in 76 countries on the day of its worldwide release, three days later62, thus becoming Ariana Grande’s second consecutive number 1 album in the United States.
The Honeymoon Tour and Christmas & Chill (2015)
Following the release of her second album, Ariana Grande announced her first world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, which began on February 25, 2015 in Independence, United States64 and ended on October 25, 2015 in São Paulo in Brazil. The tour received mostly positive reviews which praised Ariana Grande’s vocal performance65,66.
In March 2015, Ariana was nominated at the 57th Grammy Awards in the categories “Best Pop Album” for My Everything and “Best Duet / Group Performance” for Bang Bang with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj67. Unfortunately, she will not win any awards.
In May 2015, Ariana began posting the lyrics to one of the songs from her third album on Twitter68. Shortly thereafter, she confirmed that the album was planned to be titled Moonlight and that she wrote one of the songs with American singer Victoria Monet, known for writing for Mary J. Blige and TI69. .
In September 2015, she was in the cast of the new horror series from the creator of Glee and American Horror Story, entitled Scream Queens70. In the series, she plays Sonya “Chanel # 2” Herfmann, one of the followers of the character of Emma Roberts. The same month, Ariana launched her first perfume for women titled ARI by Ariana Grande71 she then participated in an Italian duet with Andrea Bocelli titled E Più Ti Penso, taken from the singer’s Cinema album72.
On October 30, 2015, Focus, a new single73 was released. When it comes out, the song surprises because of the presence of the voice of an unknown man during the chorus, Ariana will reveal the next day that this man is in fact the actor Jamie Foxx who has agreed to participate in the song74. The same day, she participated in the American version of the album We Love Disney by covering the song Zero to Hero from the film Hercules75.
After taking part in the single Boys like You by artist Who Is Fancy with Meghan Trainor, Ariana surprises her audience by announcing the imminent release of a new Christmas music EP, entitled Christmas & Chill76. Then in January 2016, she made her return to Broadway by participating in a concert by Jason Robert Brown, the composer of 13, the musical that revealed her. A performance without artifice well received by the audience77.
Dangerous Woman (2016-2017)
In January 2016, Ariana became the new face of the cosmetic brand MAC Cosmetics for which she created a lipstick and a gloss78 then she announced the release of a unisex edition of her perfume renamed for the occasion FRANKIE by Ariana Grande , in reference to his half-brother79. The same month, the British brand Lipsy London announced the launch of a collection created in collaboration with the singer80.
In February 2016, Ariana revealed that her third album would finally be called Dangerous Woman and that Moonlight, the first title considered, would finally be the title of the first song on the album81. The album was released on May 20, 2016 all over the world. The album is a critical and public success, considered the album of maturity by several specialists82. It also spent 89 weeks on the Billboard 200 until March 201883 and was nominated at the 59th Grammy Awards in 2017 for Best Pop Vocal Album as well as Best Pop Solo Performance for the song of the same name84.
A few days after the album’s release, Ariana announces that she will host an episode of the Saturday Night Live sketch show during which she will perform the songs Dangerous Woman and Be Alright, from the album85. A world tour, entitled Dangerous Woman Tour, begins on February 3, 2017 to promote the album. In July 2016, she joined the cast of Hairspray Live !, the adaptation of the famous Broadway musical for television, to play the role of Penny Pingleton. The TV movie has the particularity of being filmed in public and broadcast live on television86.
On 22 May 2017, a suicide bombing at the end of his concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, claimed by the Islamic State organization, resulted in a provisional death toll of twenty-two and one hundred and sixteen injured87, nineteen of whom were seriously88 , 89. Although Ariana is not injured, she decides to suspend her tour at least until June 5, 2017 in order to rest90, and immediately returns to Boca Raton, her hometown, where she reunites with her family and loved ones91.
Sweetener, Thank U, Next et Charlie’s Angels (2018-2019).
On April 20, 2018, Ariana made her comeback with the song No Tears Left to Cry, the first single from her fourth album scheduled for 201894. The song quickly found itself at the top of iTunes downloads in 70 countries95. The next day, she was invited by DJ Kygo to perform the song for the first time live at the Coachella Festival. It is also the first time that Ariana has taken the stage at this event96.
She then revealed during The Tonight Show that the album will be called Sweetener and should be released at the beginning of the summer. The singer will subsequently reveal the titles of a few songs including REM, The Light Is Coming or God Is A Woman97 then she is chosen to open the Billboard Music Awards 2018 ceremony by performing the first single from the album. .
Sweetener was released on August 17, 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the singer’s third album to reach such a high position and setting her to break her personal best selling record. He also received a unanimously warm welcome from the critics, in front of his album, the best rated on the various aggregation platforms of reviews99. To promote the album, she made a small tour of North America and the United Kingdom called The Sweetener Sessions, just like what she had done for the promotion of her first album in 2013100. The following year , the album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, becoming the singer’s first victory at this prestigious ceremony.
At the end of October 2018, Ariana reveals that she is starting to prepare her fifth album for release in the coming months, the many changes and events in her life pushing her to want to put an end to the “Sweetener era” 101. The first single, Thank U, Next, was written, composed and recorded immediately. Released on November 3, 2018, the critically acclaimed single debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the singer’s first single to debut at # 1 in the U.S.102. The clip of the song is unveiled a few days later, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, it is a tribute to the films Lolita despite me, American Girls, 30 years old or nothing and The Revenge of a Blonde with the participation of several relatives of the singer including singer Troye Sivan, youtuber Colleen Ballinger as well as former colleagues from her series Victorious. Actors Jonathan Bennett and Jennifer Coolidge, featured in some of the films to which the clip pays tribute, also make an appearance103. The clip allows Ariana to break a new record, that of the most viewed clip in less than 24 hours on YouTube104.
In November 2018, she was at the center of a documentary mini-series, Dangerous Woman Diaries, broadcast on the YouTube service Premium105. That same month, she starred in her first special with Ariana Grande at the BBC on UK channel BBC. She had already participated the month before in the special A Very Wicked Halloween to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the musical Wicked. His cover of The Wizard and I, recorded during the show, later appeared in a reissue of the show’s album106.
In February 2019, with the release of her album Thank U, Next, the singer broke records. On its release, it was number one in sales just five minutes after its release and made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also allows it to match the Beatles by ranking three of the album’s tracks in first, second and third place in the ranking, respectively 7 Rings, Break-Up with your Girlfriend (I’m Bored) and Thank U, Next. The album was also a big success, both critical and commercial, and allowed the singer to strengthen her image as the new princess of pop music107.
In March 2019, she began her third world tour, the Sweetener World Tour, to promote the album of the same name and her fifth opus108. As part of this tour, she is making her return to the Coachella Festival in April 2019 but this time as a headliner, becoming the fourth woman in the history of the festival to go there as a head poster but also by becoming the youngest artist to be programmed in this category109.
In June 2019, the Sony Pictures studio unveils the release of a song performed by Ariana Grande with singers Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey for the film Charlie’s Angels, the third installment of the series of films which follows the television series Funny of ladies110. This song, composed especially for the film like Destiny’s Child’s Independent Women hit for the first part and Pink’s Feel Good Time for the second, is called Don’t Call Me Angel and was released on September 13, 2019, accompanied by a clip in which actress and director Elizabeth Banks makes an appearance.
Subsequently, Ariana reveals that she also officiates as a co-producer on the film’s soundtrack. Indeed, she was chosen by the studio to supervise the album with Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Max Martin, allowing her to participate in the selection of artists and the development of the songs for the album112.
The singer promotes her albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next through a tour, the Sweetener World Tour. This tour began on March 18, 2019 in the United States, it passed through Europe, then ended in the United States, on December 22 of the same year. At the end of the last concert, the artist released K Bye For Now (SWT Live), the live album of this tour113.
Positions (since 2020)
In May 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the artist released a song, Stuck with U, in collaboration with Justin Bieber. The profits from this song are donated to an association which offers scholarships to the children of caregivers114. The song was a great success and reached number one on the charts in the United States115. The same month, Ariana appeared on Lady Gaga’s song Rain on Me, a song from Chromatica, her latest album. This song was also a big success, the title was placed number 1 in the United States116 and won several MTV Video Music Awards, including those for best collaboration and best song. She became the first artist in history to place four titles, the week of their release, at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100117.
On October 14, the singer announced on Twitter, “I can’t wait to give you my next album this month.” A few days later, she posted a countdown on her site, which announced the release of a single, Positions, for October 23 and an album, bearing the same name, on October 30.
Ariana Grande has been shown to be hypoglycemic and to suffer from a severe hyperactivity disorder, for which she has been on treatment (methylphenidate) since her childhood. She has been a vegan since November 2013120. As a child, she was brought up in the Catholic religion but growing up she turned to the Kabbalah121.
She was in a relationship with Jai Brooks of the Australian Youtube group, The Janoskians from August 2012 to July 2013122 then with the British singer, Nathan Sykes, member of The Wanted from August to December 2013123. In May 2014, he was announced that she is in a relationship with Jai Brooks again124 but they separate again a few months later125. From August 2014 to April 2015, she had a relationship with rapper Big Sean126,127.
Between May 2015128 and July 2016, Ariana dated one of her dancers, Ricky Alvarez. She dedicated the song Moonlight to him from her third album129.
In August 2016, she began dating American rapper Mac Miller, a longtime friend. They separated in early May 2018 following the rapper’s addiction problems131.
In May 2018, she began dating the American actor and comedian, Pete Davidson, best known for his participation in the show Saturday Night Live132. Their engagement was announced on June 11, 2018, after only three weeks of relationship. But in October 2018, the couple announced their separation and canceled their engagement134.
In January 2020, she ended her relationship with singer Mikey Foster, a member of the group Social House, whom she had been dating for nine months135,136.
Since January 2020, she shares the life of the American real estate agent, Dalton Gomez137,138. The couple announce their engagement on December 20, 2020.
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 raise 500,000 dollars by singing solo18. During 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 Frankie140. She also participated in the Kleenex brand campaign in 2012141.
In September 2013, Ariana Grande recorded a song called U R What You Eat with several other artists for the album Songs for a Healthier America142. 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 stars of American R&B music.
Ariana Grande’s voice covers four octaves, one note and one semitone (from C3 to Mi7) and she is a soprano143 and regularly uses the whistle voice144. With her debut album, Yours Truly, critics have repeatedly dubbed her the “new Mariah Carey” thanks to her vocal range and the sound of the album145. Speaking of this comparison, Billboard’s Julianne Escobedo Shepherd writes that “[Mariah and Ariana] have a knack for letting their voices speak for themselves” 146. Grande responded to these comparisons, which she takes as a “big compliment” by saying that she is “honored” 147.
Her performance at the 41st American Music Awards won her congratulations from Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga148. During an interview with Sirius XM, Katy Perry said of Ariana that she is “The best singer in pop music today. She literally has the best voice, the best voice in live ”149 and during an interview with Ryan Seacrest it is Chris Martin, member of the group Coldplay who compliments the singer150.
Ariana Grande has also received a lot of compliments from other artists including Demi Lovato who calls her vocal power incredible, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran or even Patti LuPone.
Ariana Grande announces her engagement
Los Angeles | “Stuck with him”: American singer Ariana Grande announced on Instagram Sunday her engagement to Dalton Gomez, a real estate agent specializing in luxury goods in Los Angeles.
“Forever and even a little more,” commented the 27-year-old star with a series of photos of herself, her future husband, and her engagement ring.
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“Tellemeeent happy for you !!!” praised reality star Kim Kardashian.
The two fiancés had appeared for the first time together in public in the clip for Stuck with U (“Stuck with you”), a track recorded with Justin Bieber during confinement in California, released in early May and the proceeds of which were intended for a charity.
The song’s lyrics referred to confinement and spending it as a couple. “I have all this time in front of me,” sang Ariana Grande, for whom this experience seems to have been successful.
The pop singer thus embodies this generation of couples with a destiny upset by the pandemic, forced to settle down together on pain of being confined at a distance, an adventure with a happy ending, in this case, for the interpreter of Thank u next .
“Congratulations to these two wonderful souls,” the singer’s agent tweeted. “Ari, we love you and we couldn’t be happier for you.”
Ariana Grande also made headlines on May 22, 2017, when a suicide bombing hit outside one of her concerts, killing 22 and injuring hundreds, in Manchester, England.