Ariana Grande Biography
Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993), known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where she attended North Broward Preparatory School. Grande made her acting debut in 2008, playing the role of Charlotte in 13 on Broadway. From 2010 to 2013, she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeonsitcom Victorious and later reprised the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat.
In March 2013, Grande reached mainstream success after “The Way” from her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013), became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. The album received critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. This made Grande the first female artist to have her debut record enter the chart in the pole position since Animal by Kesha in January 2010, and the fifteenth female artist overall. Later, Grande was honored by The Music Business Association in 2014 as Breakthrough Artist of the Year, to recognize Grande’s achievements over 2013.
In January 2014, Grande confirmed reports that recording had begun for her second studio album and has been working with Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco. On March, 2014, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, invited Grande to sing at the White House concert: “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” on March 6. It is designed to celebrate what the White House describes as great “foremothers” of American music, with songs exploring the struggles and achievements of women. Grande also performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21, 2014.
In 2014, Grande receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award from the Music Business Association. The award to recognize Grande’s achievements over 2013, including a number one debut on the Billboard charts with her first album, Yours Truly, and a double platinum, Top 10 single with “The Way”. Later, Grande confirmed that she had completed her second studio album. The lead single from the album is titled “Problem” and premièred at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27, 2014. The song features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. ”Problem” sold 438,000 downloads in its first week, making Grande the youngest woman to debut with more than 400,000 downloads. On theBillboard Hot 100, the song debuted at No. 3 (peaking at No. 2) and became Grande’s second single to debut in the top ten, her first being “The Way”, and her second top ten single overall. Further, the song was noted for being the highest debut ever for a collaboration of female soloists.