Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She was born on June 26 1993 in Florida. She began singing on cruise ships, at sports games and with orchestras in her home state. She has appeared in teen programmes like Victorious and Sam & Cat.

Grande first released music on the soundtrack for Victorious in 2011, after which she signed a deal with Republic Records. Her debut album ‘Yours Truly’ was released on August 30 2013 and was recorded with a host of producers including her and Justin Bieber’s manager Scott “Scooter” Braun, Harmony Samuels and Leon Thomas III. Grande has said the album was inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston. It reached Number Seven in the Official Albums Chart in the UK, while it entered the US Billboard 200 at Number One.

The singer released her second album ‘My Everything’ on August 25 2014, selling 169,000 copies in the first week and charting at the top of the Billboard 200. Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco and Zedd contributed production to the record, amongst others.

She has also collaborated with Chris Brown on his single ‘Don’t Be Gone Too Long’ and Nicki Minaj and Jessie J on the song, ‘Bang Bang’.

In 2015, Ariana wrote a celebrated essay that tackled sexism in the media. That year, footage also emerged of Grande licking donuts without buying them in a shop in Los Angeles. In the video, she claimed to hate America.

She swiftly apologised, saying: “I am extremely proud to be an American. What I said in a private moment … was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.” Fans responded with the Twitter hashtag: #WeForgiveYouAriana.

In 2016, Grande appeared on Saturday Night Live, doing impressions of Britney Spears and Whitney Houston. She was lauded for her comic acting and sense of humour.

That same year, she released her third studio album, ‘Dangerous Woman’. A number of its tracks were produced in part by Swedish super-producer Max Martin. The eponymous lead single reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, while follow-up single ‘Into You’ reached number 13. ‘Be Alright’ and ‘Let Me Love You’ (the latter featuring Lil Wayne) were also released singles.

‘Dangerous Woman’ was well-received by critics. It was awarded 4/5 by NME in a review that compared her favourably to Mariah Carey.
Grande has more than 41 million Twitter followers and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.