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Ariana Grande: From Sit-com Sweetheart to Global Pop Star

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Ariana Grande shot to the limelight for her role as Cat on the sitcom, “Victorious,” and from there, she went on to become a music sensation and global pop star with a cult following. From a very young age, she participated in plays and sang at public events before she found herself in the entertainment industry as a full-fledged actress. She landed a role in the Broadway musicals, “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Wizard of Oz.” She moved on to television shows, the most prominent of which was “Victorious” on which she played the role of Cat Valentine between 2010 and 2013 joined and the spinoff show, “Sam and Cat,” which aired between 2013 and 2014 for a single season.

She was born in 1993 in Florida, United States, and attended “Pine Crest School” and “North Broward Preparatory School” for her primary education. When she was 13, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music but record labels did not take her seriously because of her age. In 2010 she focused on polishing her singing skills and released her song from “Victorious” titled “Give it Up.” Monte Lipman, a top executive at Republic Records noticed her and made a move to offer her a recording contract. Ariana Grande signed with the label and released her first official single “Put your hearts up” in 2011.

In 2013, she released her debut album titled, “Yours Truly” which topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and its lead single, “The Way” charted in the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100. More than 500,000 copies of the album were sold and it marked Ariana Grande’s presence as the newest big pop star. Her next album, “My Everything” was released in mid-2014 and within a week, it sold 169,000 copies, sending it to the top spot on the Billboard 200. Two singles from the album, “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea and “Break Free” both peaked at number 3 and 4 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2015, she returned to acting to feature in the comedy-horror series, “Scream Queens,” which aired on “FOX” and in 2016, she released the album, “Dangerous woman” with the lead single, “Be Alright” topping charts nationwide. Her 2018 album, “Sweetener” won her a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album while her fifth album, “Thank U, Next” which was released in 2019 broke the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album. She also got a Grammy nomination for  “Album of the Year” while three singles off the album, “Thank U, Next,” “Break Up with Your Girlfriend,” and “7 Rings” made her the first solo artist to have three songs on three top spots on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ariana Grande has sold more than 85 million units of her records including singles, collaborations, and studio albums. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified all of her first six full-length albums platinum or multi-platinum.

She released her sixth studio album, “Positions”  in 2020 which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. She also became the highest-earning woman in music on Forbes’ 2020 celebrity 100 list.

Ariana Grande has built a successful music career over the years with successful albums and smash hit singles to her credit. She got married to Dalton Gomez, a real estate agent on May 17, 2021, after they got engaged in December 2020. 


  1. https://www.biography.com/musician/ariana-grande
  2. https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/ariana-grande-15637.php

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