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Rising international pop star, Ariana Grande was born on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida. Her father, Edward Butera is a graphic designer while her mother, Joan Grande, is the CEO of Horse-McCann Communications. Grande became active in local theater as a preteen and by the age of fifteen, she landed a role in a Broadway production. In 2008 she was cast as Charlotte in 13. The production focused on life growing up in New York City. Grande’s outstanding performances won her the National Youth Theater Association Award.
In 2006 at the age of thirteen, Grande went to Los Angeles wanting to record an R&B album. However, producers did not take her seriously because she was so young. Three years later, Grande got her chance at fame when she was cast as Cat Valentine in Nickelodeon’s sitcom, Victorious. The character of Cat attends Hollywood Arts High School and is an aspiring singer and actress. Cat is light-hearted, easy-going, and sometimes quite air-headed. Outstanding vocal skills enabled Grande to appear on the Victorious soundtrack. The popular show won Favorite TV Show at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. After Victorious ended, Nickelodeon cast Grande in a spin-off, Sam and Cat. The show combined Cat’s character with the character of Sam from another popular Nickelodeon show, iCarly. It only ran for thirty-five episodes before it was canceled.
In the midst of her success on Victorious, Grande continued to work on other areas of her career. She was the voice of the character Princess Diaspro for the animated series Winx Club and also provided the voice for other movie characters as well. 2011 saw the release of “Put Your Hearts Up” a song whose target audience was her already growing fan base from the show.
Her first album, Yours Truly, was released in 2013. This debut album was produced by Babyface. The hit single, Problem, features female rapper Iggy Azalea and debuted at number three on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her single, The Way, also released in 2013 went to the top ten in the United States and was triple platinum. Yours Truly was quickly followed by My Everything in 2014. Her most recent album, Dangerous Woman, was released in 2016 and is the name of her 2017 tour.
The Dangerous Woman tour was targeted by a suicide bomber on May 22, 2017. A man wearing a bomb killed himself and many others at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. The attack occurred in the lobby of the arena after the show ended. The concert had been attended by thousands of Grande’s fans who are mainly preteens and teenagers. The singer was not hurt but did Tweet that her heart was broken for the injured and killed.
In her still prospering career, Ariana Grande has been nominated for four Grammy Awards. She has won three American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. She was also named Artist of the Year in 2016.
(By Biopage writers. Photo credit Emma and arianagrande.com. Please contact Biopage for any inaccuracy.)
Pop star Ariana Grande has suspended her "Dangerous Woman" tour in the wake of a terror attack following her concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead. The decision came less than one day after the explosion at the concert, which occurred after Grande had finished performing. 22 people were killed and 59 injured, including children. Grande expressed her sorrow in the hours following the incident. "Broken," the singer tweeted. "From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."