Ariana Grande was born Ariana
Grande-Butera on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Marguerite
Grande, a chief executive officer for Hose-McCann Communications & Edward
Charles Butera, a graphic designer/founder of IBI Designs Inc. She began
her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical, 13 before playing the role of
Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series, Victorious & in the
spinoff, Sam & Cat until 2014. She has also appeared in other theatre and
television roles and has lent her voice to animated television and films.
Ariana's music career began in 2011 with the soundtrack Music from
Victorious. In 2013, she released her first studio album Yours Truly,
which entered atop the US Billboard 200. The album's lead single, The Way,
opened in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her
wide vocal range to that of Mariah Carey.
Ariana's second studio album, My Everything (2014), entered at number one
in the US and charted in the top 10 in 24 other countries. With the lead
single, Problem and several other singles, she was continuously in the top
10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for 34 weeks and had the most top 10 singles
of any artist in 2014. The next year, she gave her first world tour, The
Honeymoon Tour, to promote My Everything. In 2016, she released her third
studio album Dangerous Woman, which charted at number two on the Billboard
200. The title track debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making
her the first person in the history of that chart to have the lead singles
from each of their first three albums debut within the top 10 in the US.
In 2017, Ariana gave her international Dangerous Woman Tour.
As of June 2017, Ariana's music videos had been viewed a total of more
than nine billion times online. Her accolades include three American Music
Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and four
Grammy Award nominations. All three of her albums have been certified
platinum by the RIAA. She has supported a range of charities and has a
large following on social media. In 2016, Time named Ariana one of the 100
most influential people in the world on their annual list.
You have to be thankful and I
think being in this business is one of the most important things is
to give back because there's no better feeling than knowing that
your work is being appreciated by people.
One of the most terrible feelings in the world is knowing that
someone else doesn't like you. Especially when you don't know what
you've done to deserve it.
I never really expected to be taken seriously as an artist, and it's
just been the ultimate, proudest achievement. I've dealt with a lot
of people not knowing what to expect from me because of my age and
my personality. People often mistake my kindness for weakness, and
they didn't expect much from me, because at the end of the day, I'm
just a nice Italian girl from Boca.
[on Twitter trolls] Oh, they're evil as hell! I don't even block
them anymore, because I feel like it's giving them negativity in
return. So I just let it happen and forgive them and move on. Those
people are fighting their own battles.
A lot of times, women are labeled as a bitch or a diva for having a
vision and being strong and using their voice, and it's just not the
case. You can be strong and be friendly. [We] don't have to be just
one thing, you know? Women can love to read a book and have sex.
SNL was the most fun I've ever had in my entire life. I love being
able to make fun of myself. I love being able to put on a different
mask. I love singing, of course, but I think that making people
laugh and feel like they don't have to take everything so seriously
is even more fulfilling to me.
I've never looked at love as something that I need to complete me. I
would like to be complete on my own first and fall in love with
somebody who is also complete. You can still celebrate and be
totally obsessed with each other, but I want to feel a hundred
percent myself so that I can love that person better.