Ariana Grande was born on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida and took to singing/acting at a very young age. Her big break came in 2008 when she landed the role of Charlotte in the Broadway production of 13 at the age of 15. This early role led to accolades, and Grande won a Nation Youth Theatre Association Award. When she was 17, she appeared in the musical Cuba Libre and had a small role on the TV show The Battery’s Down.
Her big acting break came when she landed the role of aspiring singer-actress Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. She pursued a music career in the meantime, appearing on a record on the show soundtrack and releasing her single “Put Your Hearts Up” in 2011.
After Victorious went off air in 2012, she went on to feature in another Nick show called Sam & Cat, co-starring iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy. The show came to a sudden end after 35 episodes as rumors swirled that Grande wasn’t enjoying the experience.
Meanwhile, her 2013 single “The Way” charted the top 10 in the United States and went triple platinum. It was the first single from Ariana’s debut album Yours Truly, a record that also boasted the hits “Baby I” and “Right There.” Produced by Babyface, the album showed a more mature Grande and 1990’s influences, such as Mariah Carey, were evident.
The 2014 release My Everything debuted at #1, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. Grande released the next single “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, which sold more than 400,000 copies upon its release. “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder” followed, each making a mark at the top of the charts. In the summer of 2014, Grande banded with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J on the single “Bang Bang,” which peaked at #3 on charts in the United States.