Ariana Grande is an American model, singer, and actress. She was born to Joan Grande and Edward Butera on June 26, 1993. Her name was originally inspired by the character Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat (1959). Raised by her mother after her parents’ split up when she was still very young, Ariana started her musical career by singing at several sporting events, orchestras and cruise ships in South Florida.
She first appeared in the Broadway musical 13 for which she also won the National Youth Theatre Association Award before getting the role of Cat Valentine on famous TV series Victorious on Nickelodeon in 2009. She rose to prominence as a teen idol on Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat alongside iCarly actress Jennette McCurdy. She then appeared on the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011) after which she signed with the Republic Records to sing as a professional.
Today, Ariana is a pop superstar and has the world’s second largest following on Instagram. Although her journey with popularity began on Nickelodeon, it was her music that made her an enduring global presence.
Her Net Worth
Ariana Grande’s first debut album Yours Truly released on August 30, 2013, took her three years for completion. Originally titled Daydreamin, it debuted on the US Billboard 200 charts at the Number #1 spot making a total of 138,000 sales in the first week to make Grande the first female artist after Kesha to have the first debut album get top on the charts.
The lead single of the album, “The Way” featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller ranked number 10 on US Billboard Hot 100 and moved to number 9 for 9 weeks long. The teen sensation was also sued for copying the lines “What we gotta do right here is go back, back in time” by Minder Music.
Ariana Grande was also ranked number 4 on the Billboard magazine’s list of “Music’s Hottest Minors 2013″, an annual ranking of the most popular musicians under the age of 21. Her singles ‘Right There‘ and ‘Baby I’ with Detroit rapper Big Sean weren’t much popular as its predecessors, however, they managed to chart worldwide.
Often compared to Mariah Carey for her wide vocal range, the pop and R&B singer believes she was inspired to join the music industry by Cuban-American star Gloria Estefan. However, she would agree that Whitney Houston was her major source of influence.
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The Favorite Breakout Artist in the People’s Choice Award 2014 was also invited to the White House concert – Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House, in March 2014. Also, ex-American President Barack Obama also called her up together with Big Sean at White House for the Easter Egg Roll event.
This beautiful superstar has achieved within her short life, what most of her age mates are still dreaming of. Following the effort she has put into becoming the best at what she does, one can boldly describe Ariana as an ‘all-rounder’ in both film and music industry. Her hard work has equally paid off as she has an estimated earnings of $35 million.
Ariana Grande Boyfriend
In 2014, Ariana Grande broke up with Australian Youtube group The Janoskians member, Jai Brooks and eventually found love again in the arms of rapper Big Sean but they were together for only eight months before going their separate ways.
She is currently dating another rapper named Malcolm James McCormick. Known by his stage name Mac Miller, the rapper is also a record producer under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman.
The duo confirmed their relationship in September 2016 and have been inseparable ever since. They usually post beautiful pictures of themselves together on Instagram. Their romance came three years after the two first kissed in the music video for their joint single The Way.
Apart from music, Grande has also been involved in philanthropy, having co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care. In addition to that, she has been working with the Seventeen magazine’s publication “Delete Digital Drama” which strives to end online bullying. Also, the star participated in Stand Up to Cancer, a charitable television program where she performed her title track “My Everything” in memories of her grandfather who had died from cancer.
Age, Height, Body Statistics and Other Facts
Full Name: Ariana Grande-Butera
Profession: Model, Singer, Actress
Height: 5’ 1” (1.53m)
Weight: 47 kg (104 pounds)
Ethnicity: Italian American
Date of Birth: June 26, 1993
Place of Birth: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Education: North Broward Preparatory School (left), Homeschooled
Marital status: Single (Dating Big Sean)
Ariana Grande Zodiac/astrological sign: Cancer
Wealth: $35 million