Ariana Grande-Butera

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Few artists are having a bigger year than pop music superstar, Ariana Grande. With two GRAMMY Award nominations including Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, a coveted performance spot on the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, a Platinum-certified No.1 album for My Everything, several chart-smashing singles, a Billboard Women In Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award and a recently announced highprofile recurring role in a new FOX television series, Ariana has become an unstoppable force in pop culture.

Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida on June 26, 1993, to Joan Grande, and Edward Butera. Her name was originally inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat. Grande is of Italian descent, and has stated that she is “half Sicilian and half Abruzzese”. She has a halfbrother, Frankie Grande, an actor, dancer and producer, who is ten years her senior. As a child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater showing the first signs of stardom, playing her first role as Annie, as well as performing in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. At the age of 8, she performed at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship, in various orchestras such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops and Symphonic Orchestras, and made her national television debut singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Florida Panthers.

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Grande’s rise to fame came when she auditioned for the Nickelodeon television show Victorious in New York along with 13 year old co-star Elizabeth Gillies in 2009. In this sitcom set in a performing arts high school, Grande was cast as Cat Valentine, a classmate and friend of protagonist Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), while Gillies landed the role of the “mean girl”, Jade West. The show began filming in October 2009 and premiered on March 27, 2010 to the second largest audience for a live-action series in Nickelodeon history with 5.7 million viewers A star is born. The role helped propel Grande to teen idol status, but she was more interested in a music career stating that acting is “fun, but music has always been first and foremost for me.”

After the first season of Victorious wrapped, Grande wanted to focus on her music career and began working on her debut album in August 2010. To strengthen her vocal range, she began working with vocal coach Eric Vetro. She made her first musical appearance on the track “Give It Up.” While filming Victorious, Grande made several recordings of herself singing covers of Adele, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and uploaded them on YouTube. Now a You Tube starlet. A friend of Monte Lipman, CEO of Republic Records, came across one of Grande’s videos. Impressed with her vocals, he sent the links to Lipman, who signed her to a recording contract. She released her first single

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In December 2012, Grande collaborated on the single version of “Popular Song”, a duet with British singer and songwriter Mika. Grande recorded her debut album, Yours Truly, over a three year period. She completed the album, originally titled Daydreaming, in June 2013; it was released on August 30, 2013. In September 2013, it debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart with 138,000 copies sold in its first week making Grande the first female artist, since Kesha, to have her first album debut atop of the charts. From here on in Grande’s success.

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By January 2014, Grande had begun recording her second studio album, with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and record producers Benny Blanco and Max Martin. The same month, she earned the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People’s Choice Awards 2014 her first but not her last award.

In March 2014, Grande sang at the White House concert, “Women of Soul: An outstanding performance at the White House”. The following month, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama invited Grande again to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll event along with collaborator Big Sean. A duet with R&B singer Chris Brown, “Don’t Be Gone Too Long”, was scheduled for a March 24 release date but was delayed. In addition, she received the “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” award from the Music Business Association. Award number 2 was in the bag. The award recognizes

Grande’s achievements throughout 2013, including her No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her first album and her top ten single on the Hot 100. This yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller. One of 2013’s defining songs, the single went double-platinum, hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No.1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. In the aftermath, she was named “Best New Artist” at THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS in 2013.

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Grande released her second studio album My Everything on August 25, 2014, with Rolling Stone magazine writing that “My Everything is where the 21-year-old Nickelodeon starlet grows up. It’s a confident, intelligent, brazen pop statement, mixing bubblegum diva vocals with EDM break beats”. It sold 169,000 copies. The song debuted at No. 3 (eventually climbing to No. 2) on the Billboard Hot 100, and yes you’re getting the idea now. Another No. 1 this time on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grande’s first No. 1 single in the United Kingdom. She performed the song at the opening of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, while winning Best Pop Video for her single “Problem.” Grande’s third song in the Hot 100’s top ten the same week (“Problem”, “Break Free”, and “Bang Bang”). It also went to No.1 in the UK. She joined Adele as the only female artist with three top ten hits simultaneously as a lead artist.

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Recently, she announced that THE HONEYMOON TOUR, her North American headlining tour, has been extended into the summer. Produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation, THE HONEYMOON TOUR kicked off on Feb. 25, 2015 and has been an overwhelming success with sold out dates throughout the first leg of the tour. THE HONEYMOON TOUR summer run will kick off July 16, 2015 at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Fla. and visit nearly 40 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada including stops in Nashville, Montreal, Las Vegas, Toronto and more.

The future for Ariana Grande can only be good. Her charismatic personality, her outstanding voice and her ability to charm audiences secures a bright and successful future.

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