Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande-Butera (/ˌɑːriˈɑːnə ˈɡrɑːndeɪ/; born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range.

Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Grande began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical, 13. She rose to prominence for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series, Victorious (2010–2013) and in its spin-off, Sam & Cat (2013–2014). As she grew interested in pursuing a music career, Grande recorded songs for the soundtrack of Victorious and signed with Republic Records in 2011 after the label's executives discovered videos of her covering songs that she uploaded onto YouTube. She released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013. A 1950s doo-wop-influenced pop and R&B album, it peaked atop the US Billboard 200 and spawned her first US top-ten single, "The Way", featuring rapper Mac Miller.

Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014), continued the pop-R&B sound of its predecessor and incorporated EDM into a few tracks. It topped the Billboard 200 and featured four US top-ten singles—"Problem", "Break Free", "Bang Bang", and "Love Me Harder". Grande's pop-R&B styles extended on her third studio album, Dangerous Woman (2016), which was her first number-one album in the UK. For her next two studio releases, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019), Grande experimented with trap, while maintaining her characteristic pop-R&B tones. The former won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, and the latter broke several streaming records. Grande became the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously when "Thank U, Next" , "7 Rings", and "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" did so in 2019. She is also the first act to have the lead singles from each of their first five studio albums debut within the top ten in the US.

Grande has received various accolades, including one Grammy Award, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, and three American Music Awards. An influential figure on social media, she is an outspoken feminist and supporter for LGBT rights. She asserts control over her public image and is known for her ponytail hairdo and bold fashion statements. In February 2019, she became the most followed woman on Instagram. Time named Grande as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016 and 2019, and Billboard recognized her as the "Woman of the Year" in 2018.

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Grande performing in February 2017
Born
Ariana Grande-Butera

June 26, 1993 (age 25)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2008–present
RelativesFrankie Grande
(half-brother)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsRepublic
Associated acts
Websitewww.arianagrande.com

Life and career

1993–2008: Early life and career beginnings

Ariana Grande-Butera was born on June 26, 1993, in Boca Raton, Florida.[1][2] She is the daughter of Joan Grande, the Brooklyn-born CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, a manufacturer of communications and safety equipment,[3] and Edward Butera, a graphic design firm owner in Boca Raton.[4][5] Grande is of Italian descent,[6] and she refers to herself as an Italian American, "half Sicilian and half Abruzzese".[7] Her name was inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat: The Movie.[8] She has an older half-brother, Frankie Grande, an entertainer and producer,[9][10] and she has a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Grande.[11] Grande's family moved from New York to Florida when her mother was pregnant with her, and her parents separated when she was around 9 or 10 years old.[5]

As a child, Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater,[12] playing her first role as the title character in Annie. She also performed in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.[6][13] At the age of 8, she performed at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship and with various orchestras such as South Florida's Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops and Symphonic Orchestras, and she made her first national television appearance singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the Florida Panthers.[14] She attended Pine Crest School and North Broward Preparatory School.[15]

By age 13, she became serious about pursuing a music career, though she still concentrated on theater.[16] When she first arrived in Los Angeles to meet with her managers, she expressed a desire to record an R&B album: "I was like, 'I want to make an R&B album,' They were like 'Um, that's a helluva goal! Who is going to buy a 14-year-old's R&B album?!'"[5] In 2008, Grande was cast in the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway,[17] for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award.[18] When she joined the musical, Grande left North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled; the school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors.[19] She also sang various times at the New York City jazz club Birdland.[20]

2009–2012: Breakthrough on Nickelodeon

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Grande at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2010

Grande was cast in the Nickelodeon television show Victorious along with 13 co-star Elizabeth Gillies in 2009.[21] In this sitcom, set in a performing arts high school, Grande played the "adorably dimwitted" Cat Valentine.[6][21] She had to dye her hair red every other week for the role because the executive producer, Dan Schneider, did not want all the cast members to be brunettes, and the red hair was also a feature that the network felt would fit the personality of Cat. The show premiered in March 2010 to the second largest audience for a live-action series in Nickelodeon history with 5.7 million viewers.[22][23] The role helped propel Grande to teen idol status, but she was more interested in a music career, stating that acting is "fun, but music has always been first and foremost with me."[24] Her character was compared to "Brittany Murphy's performance as the hapless Tai in Clueless" (1995) and described as being "very impressionable and easily swayed" but "generally sweet".[25] The second season premiered in April 2011 to 6.2 million viewers, becoming the highest rated episode of Victorious.[26] In 2010, she played the role of Miriam in the musical Cuba Libre, written and produced by songwriter Desmond Child.[27]

After the first season of Victorious wrapped, Grande wanted to focus on her music career and began working on her debut album in August 2010.[28] To strengthen her vocal range, she began working with vocal coach Eric Vetro.[29] She made her first musical appearance on the track "Give It Up" on the soundtrack Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show in August 2011. While filming Victorious, Grande made several recordings of herself singing covers of songs by Adele, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and uploaded them to YouTube.[30] A friend of Monte Lipman, CEO of Republic Records, came across one of Grande's videos. Impressed by her vocals, he sent the links to Lipman, who signed her to a recording contract.[5] She released her first single, "Put Your Hearts Up", in December 2011, which was recorded for a teen-oriented pop album that was not issued.[31] She later disowned the track for its bubblegum pop sound, saying that she had no interest in recording music of that genre.[31] The song was later certified gold by the RIAA.[32] Also in 2011, she voiced the fairy Princess Diaspro in 13 episodes of the Nickelodeon version of the Italian animated television series Winx Club, appeared in Greyson Chance's music video for a song called "Unfriend You" from his album Hold On 'til the Night, portraying Chance's ex-girlfriend, and voiced the title role in the English dub of the Spanish-language animated film Snowflake, the White Gorilla.[33][34]

On a second soundtrack for Victorious, Victorious 2.0, released on June 5, 2012, as an extended play, Grande supplied vocals for a cover of "Don't You (Forget About Me)".[35] After three seasons, Victorious was not renewed.[36] The finale aired in February 2013. The third and final Victorious soundtrack, Victorious 3.0, was released on November 6, 2012, featuring Grande duetting with Victoria Justice in the song "L.A. Boyz".[37] A music video of the song followed.[38] In December 2012, Grande collaborated on the single version of "Popular Song", a duet with British singer and songwriter Mika.[39] She also starred as Snow White in a pantomime-style musical theatre production called A Snow White Christmas, together with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris at the Pasadena Playhouse.[40] Grande played Amanda Benson in Swindle, a 2013 Nickelodeon film adaptation of the children's book of the same name.[34][41]

Meanwhile, Nickelodeon created Sam & Cat, an iCarly and Victorious spin-off starring Jennette McCurdy and Grande.[42] Grande and McCurdy reprised their respective roles as Cat Valentine and Sam Puckett on the buddy sitcom, which paired the characters as roommates who form an after-school babysitting business.[43] The pilot aired on June 8, 2013, and the show was immediately picked up by the network.[44] The following month, Nickelodeon doubled Sam & Cat's original 20-episode order for season one, making it a 40-episode season.[45] Despite its success in the ratings, the series was canceled after 36 episodes.[46] The final episode aired on July 17, 2014.[47]

2013–2015: Yours Truly and My Everything

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Grande performing in 2013 at 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball

Grande recorded her first studio album Yours Truly, originally titled Daydreamin', over a three-year period.[48] It was released on August 30, 2013 and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, with 138,000 copies sold in its first week.[49][50] Yours Truly also debuted in the top ten in several other countries, including Australia,[51] the UK,[52] Ireland,[53] and the Netherlands.[54] The lead single "The Way", featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, debuted at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100,[55] eventually peaking at number nine for two weeks.[56] Grande was later sued by Minder Music for copying the line "What we gotta do right here is go back, back in time" from the 1972 song "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by The Jimmy Castor Bunch.[57] The album's second single, "Baby I", was released in July.[58] Its third single, "Right There", featuring Detroit rapper Big Sean, was released in August.[59] They respectively peaked at number 21 and 84 on the Billboard Hot 100.[60]

Grande recorded the duet "Almost Is Never Enough" with Nathan Sykes of The Wanted, which was released as promotional single in August 2013. She also joined Justin Bieber on his Believe Tour for three shows and kicked off her own headlining mini-tour, The Listening Sessions.[61][62] The following month, Billboard magazine ranked Grande at number four on their list of "Music's Hottest Minors 2013", an annual ranking of the most popular musicians under the age of 21.[63] At the 2013 American Music Awards, she won the award for New Artist of the Year.[64][65] She released a four-song Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses in December 2013.[66] Grande received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award from the Music Business Association, recognizing her achievements throughout 2013.[67] By January 2014, Grande had begun recording her second studio album, with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and record producers Benny Blanco and Max Martin.[68][69] The same month, she earned the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People's Choice Awards 2014.[67] In March 2014, Grande sang at the White House concert, "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House".[70][71] The following month, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Grande again to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll event.[72]

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Grande on her The Honeymoon Tour in 2015

Grande released her second studio album My Everything on August 25, 2014 and debuted atop the Billboard 200.[73] Its lead single "Problem" features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and premiered at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27.[74][75] The song debuted at number three (eventually climbing to number two) on the Billboard Hot 100, and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grande's first number one single in the United Kingdom.[76] The album's second single, "Break Free", featuring German musician and producer Zedd,[77] peaked at number four in the United States.[78] She performed the song as the opening of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and won Best Pop Video for "Problem".[79] Grande and Nicki Minaj provided guest vocals on "Bang Bang", the lead single from Jessie J's album Sweet Talker,[80] which peaked at number one in the UK and reached number three in the US.[78] With the singles "Problem", "Break Free", and "Bang Bang", Grande joined Adele as the only female artist with three top ten singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist.[78]

Grande was the musical performer on Saturday Night Live, with Chris Pratt as the host on September 27, 2014.[81] That same month, third single from My Everything, "Love Me Harder", featuring Canadian recording artist The Weeknd, was released and peaked at number seven in the United States.[82] The song became her fourth top ten single of 2014, the most by any artist that year.[83] In November 2014, Grande was featured in Major Lazer's song "All My Love" from the soundtrack album for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.[84] The same month, Grande released a Christmas song titled "Santa Tell Me" from her Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses.[85] She later released the fifth and final single from My Everything, "One Last Time", which peaked at number 13 in the US.[86]

In February 2015, Grande embarked on The Honeymoon Tour, with shows in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.[87] Grande was featured on Cashmere Cat's song "Adore", which was released in March 2015.[88] In the spring, she signed an exclusive publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group covering her entire catalog.[89] Grande also filmed an episode for the Fox television reality series Knock Knock Live,[90] but the show was canceled before her episode aired,[91] and guest-starred on several episodes of the Fox comedy-horror television series Scream Queens as Sonya Herfmann/Chanel #2 from September to November 2015.[92][93] She recorded the duet "E Più Ti Penso" with Italian recording artist Andrea Bocelli, which was released in October 2015 as the lead single from his album Cinema,[94] and covered the song "Zero to Hero" from the film Hercules for the compilation album We Love Disney.[95] Grande also released her second Christmas EP, Christmas & Chill in December 2015.[96]

2016–2017: Dangerous Woman

Grande began recording songs for her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, originally titled Moonlight, in 2015.[97][98] In October of that year, she released the single "Focus", initially intended as the lead single from the album; the song debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.[99] In January 2016, she launched collaborated makeup collection with MAC Cosmetics, donating 100% of proceeds to the MAC AIDS Fund,[100] and launched a fashion line in collaboration with Lipsy London.[101] The following month, Grande made a cameo appearance in the comedy film Zoolander 2 starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.[102]

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Grande performing "Thinking Bout You" during the Dangerous Woman Tour

In March 2016, Grande released "Dangerous Woman" as the lead single from the retitled album of the same name.[103][104] The single debuted at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first artist to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top ten.[105] The same month, Grande appeared as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, where she performed "Dangerous Woman" and debuted the promotional single "Be Alright",[106] which charted at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.[107] Grande garnered positive reviews for her appearance on the show, including praise for her impressions of various singers,[108][109] some of which she had done on The Tonight Show.[110] Grande won an online voting poll on Entertainment Weekly as the "best host of the season".[111] In May 2016, Grande appeared on The Voice season 10 finale, performing the second single from the album, "Into You", which peaked at number 13 in the United States,[112] and duetted with Christina Aguilera on "Dangerous Woman".[113]

Grande released Dangerous Woman on May 20, 2016 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200.[114] It also debuted at number two in Japan,[115] and at number one in several other markets, including Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and UK.[116][117] Mark Savage, writing for BBC News, called the album "a mature, confident record".[6] At the Summertime Ball at London's Wembley Stadium in June, Grande performed three songs from the album as part of her set.[118] In August, Grande released a third single from the album, "Side to Side", featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, her eighth top ten entry on the Hot 100, which peaked at number four on that chart.[119] Dangerous Woman was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and the title track for Best Pop Solo Performance.[120]

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Grande performing on the Dangerous Woman Tour in 2017

In August 2016, Grande performed a tribute to Whitney Houston on the season finale of the ABC television series Greatest Hits[121] and headlined the opening night of the second annual Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, performing a nearly hour-long set of her own songs.[122] Aside from music, Grande filmed a commercial for T-Mobile that premiered in October 2016[123] and played Penny Pingleton in the NBC television broadcast Hairspray Live!, which aired in December 2016.[124] The same month, Grande and Stevie Wonder appeared on the season finale of The Voice performing their collaboration "Faith", from the soundtrack of the 2016 film Sing,[125] which was nominated for Best Original Song at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.[126] At the end of the year, she participated in the Jingle Ball Tour 2016.[127]

Grande recorded the title track of the soundtrack for the 2017 live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with John Legend, which was released in February 2017.[128] The same month, Grande embarked on her third concert tour Dangerous Woman Tour to promote her album.[129] On May 22, after her concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the arena, causing 23 fatalities and more than 500 injuries.[130][131] Grande suspended the remainder of the tour and held a televised benefit concert One Love Manchester on June 4,[132] helping to raise $23 million to aid the bombing victims and affected families.[133][134] The concert featured performances from Grande, as well as Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and other artists.[135] To recognize her efforts, the City Council named Grande the first honorary citizen of Manchester.[136][134] The tour resumed on June 7 in Paris and ended in September 2017.[137][138] In August 2017, she appeared in an Apple Music Carpool Karaoke episode, singing musical theatre songs with Seth MacFarlane,[139] and became a brand ambassador for Reebok.[140] Grande has released five fragrances with Luxe Brands since 2015 and had grossed over $150 million in global sales by 2017.[141][142] In December 2017, Billboard magazine named her "Female Artist of the Year".[143]

2018–present: Sweetener and Thank U, Next

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Grande performing during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

Grande began working on songs for her fourth studio album, Sweetener, with Pharrell Williams in 2016, but "the events in Manchester gave a hard reset to the project's expectations".[130] Grande released "No Tears Left to Cry" as the lead single from Sweetener in April 2018.[144], with the song debuting at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, making Grande the only artist to have debuted the first single from each of her first four albums in the top ten of the Hot 100.[145] .[146] The second single, "God Is a Woman",[147][148] peaked at number 8 on the Hot 100 and became Grande's tenth top ten single in the US.[149]

Released in August 2018,[150] Sweetener debuted at number one on the Billboard 200[151] and received acclaim from critics.[152] The album also earned Grande her first Grammy Award, for Best Pop Vocal Album, at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[153] Grande gave four concerts to promote the album, billed as The Sweetener Sessions, at New York City's Irving Plaza, The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Ace Theater in Los Angeles, and KOKO in London between August 20 and September 4, 2018.[154] In October 2018, Grande participated in the NBC broadcast, A Very Wicked Halloween, singing "The Wizard and I" from the musical Wicked.[155] The following month, the BBC aired a one-hour special, Ariana Grande at the BBC, featuring interviews and performances.[156][157]

In November 2018, Grande released the single "Thank U, Next" and announced her fifth studio album of the same name.[158][159][160] The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's first chart topping single in the United States.[161] It was quickly certified platinum in the United States,[162] and the song's music video broke records for most-watched music video on YouTube within 24 hours of release [163] and fastest Vevo video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.[164] On Spotify, the song became the fastest song to reach 100 million streams in 11 days and most-streamed song by a female artist in a 24-hour period with 9.6 million streams, before it was surpassed by her own song "7 Rings" with nearly 15 million streams.[165] Later the same month, Grande released, in collaboration with YouTube, a four-part docuseries titled Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries. It shows behind the scenes and concert footage from Grande's Dangerous Woman Tour, including moments from the One Love Manchester concert, and follows her professional life during the tour and the making of Sweetener. The series debuted on November 29, 2018.[166]

In January 2019, it was announced that Grande will be headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[167] Grande will become the youngest artist ever to headline and just the fourth female headliner of the festival.[168] It is set to take place from April 12–14 and April 19–21.[169] Grande's second single from Thank U, Next, "7 Rings", was released on January 18, 2019, and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of February 2, becoming her second single in a row (and overall) to top the charts.[170] It also made Grande the third female artist with multiple number-one debuts after Mariah Carey (3) and Britney Spears (2) and fifth artist overall after Justin Bieber and Drake.[171] The song broke several streaming and recording industry records.[172] Thank U, Next was released on February 8, 2019 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 while receiving acclaim from critics.[173] It broke the records for the largest streaming week for a pop album and for a female album in the United States with 307 million on-demand streams.[174]

Grande became the first solo artist to occupy the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with "7 Rings" at number one, her third single "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuting at number two, and her lead single "Thank U, Next" rose to number three, and the overall second artist to do so since the Beatles did in 1964 when they occupied the top five spots.[175] In the United Kingdom, Grande became the second female solo artist to simultaneously hold the number one and two spots and the first musical artist to replace herself at number one, twice consecutively.[176] On February 20, 2019, Grande won a Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist.[177] She also embarked on her third headlining tour, the Sweetener World Tour, to promote both Sweetener and Thank U, Next, which began on March 18, 2019.[178] Grande was nominated for 9 awards at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist. She would win two awards for Billboard Chart Achievement and Top Female Artist on May 1, 2019.[179] Grande performed at the even via a prerecorded performance from the Vancouver show from her Sweetener World Tour.[180]

Artistry

Musical style and genres

Grande's music is generally described as pop and R&B with elements of EDM, hip hop,[181][182][183][184] and trap music,[185][186][187] the latter of which has seen increased incorporation into her music as her career has progressed, first appearing prominently on her Christmas & Chill extended play, and later being heavily featured on her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next. Grande said she grew up mainly listening to urban pop and 90s music.[182] Grande's debut album, Yours Truly was complimented for recreating the R&B "vibe and feel of the 90s" with the help of songwriter and producer Babyface.[188] The follow-up, My Everything, has been described as an evolution from her first album with a new sound exploring EDM and electropop genres.[189] The Los Angeles Times review of her third album, Dangerous Woman, commented that it is "impressive how fully she inhabits the emotional environment of each song here, even when one directly contradicts another. ... She's ... deft [at] adapting to different styles".[190] Elias Leight from Rolling Stone stated that the "Singer embraces the sound of hard-bitten Southern hip-hop on her fourth LP Sweetener".[191] Regarding Thank U, Next Craig Jenkins from Vulture named that Grande had changed and approached her style to trap and hip hop, filled with R&B undertones.[192]

Influences

Grande has cited Whitney Houston (left) and Mariah Carey (right) as her major vocal influences

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Grande has cited Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as her major vocal influences, saying: "I love Mariah Carey. She is literally my favorite human being on the planet. And of course Whitney [Houston] as well. As far as vocal influences go, Whitney and Mariah pretty much cover it."[193][194] She describes Gloria Estefan as the person who inspired her to pursue a career in the music industry, after Estefan complimented a performance she saw Grande give on a cruise ship when she was eight years old.[195] She has also cited Fergie,[193] Destiny's Child, Beyoncé,[196] India.Arie and Brandy as influences or inspirations. She has praised Imogen Heap's "intricate" song structure and cited Judy Garland as being a childhood influence, admiring Garland's ability to tell "a story when she sings".[197]

Voice

Grande has a four octave soprano vocal range,[6][198] and the whistle register.[199] With the release of Yours Truly, critics compared Grande with Mariah Carey because of her wide vocal range, sound and musical material.[200][201] Julianne Escobedo Shepherd of Billboard wrote that both Carey and Grande have "the talent to let their vocals do the talking ... that's not where the similarities end. ... Grande is subverting it with cute, comfortable, and on-trend dresses with a feminine slant."[202] Grande responded to the comparisons, "[I]t's a huge compliment, but when you hear my entire album, you'll see that Mariah's sound is much different than mine."[196] Steven J. Horowitz of Billboard wrote in 2014, "With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles [Carey] – and that's okay."[201]

Mark Savage commented in BBC News: "Ariana Grande is one of pop's most intriguing and gifted singers. A magnetic performer with unrivalled vocal control".[6] In The New York Times, Jon Pareles wrote that Grande's voice "can be silky, breathy or cutting, swooping through long melismas or jabbing out short R&B phrases; it's always supple and airborne, never forced."[203] Composer and playwright Jason Robert Brown addressed Grande in a 2016 Time magazine article:

[N]o matter how much you are underestimated ... you are going to open your mouth and that unbelievable sound is going to come out. That extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument that allows you to shut down every objection and every obstacle. That voice – powered by nothing but your remarkable empathy, your ravenous intelligence, your cool discipline and your voracious ambition.[204]

Public image

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Grande on the Dangerous Woman Tour, 2017

Grande cited Audrey Hepburn as her biggest style influence during her early years, but began to find imitating Hepburn's style "a little boring" as her career progressed.[205][206] She also drew inspirations from actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, including Ann-Margret, Nancy Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.[206] Grande's modest look early in her career was described as "age appropriate", compared with other pop stars who grew up in the public eye.[202] Jim Farber of New York Daily News wrote in 2014 that Grande received less attention "for how little she wears or how graphically she moves than for how she sings."[207] That year, she began to wear short skirts and crop tops with knee-high boots in performances and on red carpets.[208] After years of dyeing her hair red to play Cat Valentine, Grande wore extensions.[130][209] Anne T. Donahue of MTV News argued that her iconic ponytail receives more attention than her bold fashion choices.[210]

Although Grande drew criticism for allegedly impolite interactions with reporters and fans in 2014,[211] she dismissed these reports as "weird, inaccurate depictions".[212] After considering the incidents most frequently mentioned in the press and the available evidence, PopSugar concluded that the incidents were "just normal star behavior" and "not the most ideal situation, but ... not exactly the sign of a diva".[213] Rolling Stone wrote: "Some may cry 'diva', but it's also Grande just taking a stand to not allow others to control her image."[214] In July 2015, Grande was seen on surveillance video in a doughnut shop licking doughnuts that were on display and saying "I hate Americans. I hate America. This is disgusting", referring to a tray of doughnuts.[215] She apologized, writing that she is "extremely proud to be an American" and that her comments related to American obesity.[216] She later released a video apology for "behaving poorly".[217] The incident was parodied by The Muppets[218] and featured in Miley Cyrus' Saturday Night Live cover of "My Way", about the regrets of the summer of 2015.[219] Grande mocked the incident herself on Saturday Night Live in 2016, saying "A lot of kid stars end up doing drugs, or in jail, or pregnant, or get caught licking a doughnut they didn't pay for."[6][220]

Journalists and celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Selena Gomez, commented favorably on Grande's "empowering" 2015 essay posted on Twitter decrying the double standard and misogyny in the focus of the press on female musicians' relationships and sex lives, instead of "their value as an individual".[221][222] Grande noted that she has "more to talk about" concerning her music and accomplishments, rather than her romantic relationships.[223][224] In 2016, E! writer Kendall Fisher called her "a feminist hero" in an essay examining Grande's feminist statements.[225] The same year, Grande was listed among Time's 100 most influential people in the world.[204] She was listed again in 2019.[226] She received praise for her "grace and strength" in organizing, hosting and performing at the One Love Manchester benefit concert.[227][228] Madeline Roth of MTV News wrote that the performance "bolstered courage among an audience that desperately needed it. ... Returning to the stage was a true act of bravery and resilience".[229] New York Magazine's Vulture section ranked the event as the No. 1 concert of 2017.[230] Also in 2017, Mitchell Harrison of Billboard magazine called Grande a "gay icon" for her LGBT-friendly lyrics, performances and "support for the LGBTQ community".[231] The same year, Celia Almeida wrote for Miami New Times:

[O]f all of pop music's biggest stars of the past 20 years, Ariana Grande has made the most convincing and seamless transition from ingénue to independent female artist. ... She saves the celebration of the joys of liberated sexual exploration for her lyrics. ... [S]he has traversed into mainstream-pop adulthood relatively unscathed. ... Grande [wrote in 2016]: "Expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect ... just like wearing a short skirt is not asking for assault."[232]

Reception and accolades

All five of Grande's full-length albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA.[233] Grande has been nominated for six Grammy Awards (winning one),[120][234] and has won one BRIT Award,[235] two MTV Video Music Awards,[236] three MTV Europe Music Awards[237] and three American Music Awards.[238] She has received 22 Billboard Music Award nominations, winning 2 awards in 2019, including Top Female Artist. [239] Grande won a 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress for her performance on Sam & Cat.[240] Subsequently, she won two more Kids' Choice Awards[241][242] and one People's Choice Award.[243] In 2014, she received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award from the Music Business Association for excellence during her debut year.[244] At the Bambi Awards, she received the award for Best Newcomer.[245] She also received six iHeartRadio Music Awards, including the 2014 Young Influencer Award, as well as Pop Album of the Year for Sweetener and Artist of the Year awards in 2019.[246] and the Billboard Women in Music Award: Rising Star for her accomplishments in 2014.[247] She has won ten Teen Choice Awards.[248] In 2018, Billboard named her Woman of the Year.[249]

Grande has a large following on social media.[250] By April 2019, her YouTube channel had accrued more than 35 million subscribers and her music videos had been viewed a total of more than fourteen billion times,[251] her Instagram account had accumulated more than 150 million followers,[252] ranking her as the 2nd most followed person and most followed woman on Instagram,[250] her Twitter account had more than 60 million followers,[253] making it the 11th most followed Twitter account, and her Facebook page had more than 30 million likes.[254]

Philanthropy

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Grande at the Worldwide Day of Play in 2013

At the age of ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events and raised over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone.[255] In 2009, as a member of the charitable organization Broadway in South Africa, Grande, along with her brother Frankie, performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa.[256][257]

She was featured with Bridgit Mendler and Kat Graham in Seventeen magazine in a 2013 public campaign to end online bullying called "Delete Digital Drama".[258] After watching the film Blackfish that year, she urged fans to stop supporting SeaWorld and became a vegan.[4][259] In September 2014, Grande participated at the charitable Stand Up to Cancer television program, performing her song "My Everything" in memory of her grandfather, who had died of cancer that July.[260] Grande has adopted several rescue dogs as pets and promoted pet adoption at some of her concerts.[261] In 2016, she launched with MAC Cosmetics a line of lip shades called "Ariana Grande's MAC Viva Glam", the profits of which benefit people affected by HIV and AIDS.[262][263]

In 2015, Grande and Miley Cyrus performed a cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" as part of Cyrus' "Backyard Sessions" to benefit her Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps homeless and LGBT youths.[264] Later that year, Grande headlined the Dance On the Pier event, part of the LGBT Pride Week in New York City.[92][265] In 2016, Grande joined Madonna to raise funds for orphaned children in Malawi.[266] In 2016, Grande and Victoria Monét recorded "Better Days" in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.[267] To aid the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, Grande organized the One Love Manchester concert, donated a rerelease of "One Last Time" and her live performance of "Over the Rainbow" at the concert, and released a live album of the concert.[228][268] The total amount raised was reportedly $23 million (more than £17 million).[130][134]

In September 2017, Grande performed in A Concert for Charlottesville, benefiting the victims of the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[269] In March 2018, she participated in March for Our Lives to support gun control legislation.[270]

Personal life

Health difficulties and religious beliefs

Grande has stated that she is hypoglycemic.[271] She has also said that she had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorder following the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing. She commented on her social media that she almost pulled out of her performance in the 2018 broadcast A Very Wicked Halloween due to her anxiety.[272] Grande also declared she had received treatment from mental health professionals for more than a decade since shortly after her parents divorced.[273]

Grande was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism during the pontificate of Benedict XVI,[274] citing opposition to the church's stance on homosexuality,[4][275] noting that her half-brother Frankie is gay.[276] She has followed Kabbalah teachings since the age of twelve, along with Frankie,[277] believing "the basis lies in the idea that if you're kind to others, good things will happen to you."[278] A few of her songs, such as "Break Your Heart Right Back", are supportive of LGBT rights.[279]

Relationships and sexuality

Grande met actor Graham Phillips in the cast of the musical 13 in 2008 and dated him until 2011.[280] After recording "The Way" with Mac Miller in 2012, the two began dating in 2016.[281] The relationship ended by May 2018.[282] In May 2018, Grande began dating actor and comedian Pete Davidson, and in June 2018, Davidson announced that he and Grande were engaged.[283] The two called off their engagement and ended their relationship in October 2018.[284]

In April 2019, following the release of a song titled "Monopoly" with Victoria Monét, Grande revealed that she does not label her sexuality, stating "I haven't before and still don't feel the need to now" amidst rumors of bisexuality after lyrics referencing her liking both women and men.[285]

Stage

Filmography

Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Battery's Down Bat Mitzvah Riffer Episode: "Bad Bad News"
2010–2013 Victorious Cat Valentine Main role (56 episodes)
2011 iCarly Cat Valentine Episode: "iParty with Victorious"
2011–2013 Winx Club Princess Diaspro (voice) Recurring role (specials, seasons 3 & 5)
2013 Swindle Amanda Benson Television film
2013–2014 Sam & Cat Cat Valentine Co-lead role (35 episodes)
2014 Family Guy Italian Daughter (voice)[34] Episode: "Mom's the Word"
2014 Saturday Night Live Herself/musical guest Episode: "Chris Pratt/Ariana Grande"
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself/guest judge Episode: "Ru Hollywood Stories"
2015 Knock Knock Live Herself Unaired episode[91]
2015 Scream Queens Sonya Herfmann / Chanel#2 Recurring role; 4 episodes[93]
2016 Saturday Night Live Host and musical guest Episode: "Ariana Grande"
2016 The Voice Performer – Duet with Christina Aguilera Air date: May 26, 2016 (Season 10 finale)
2016 Hairspray Live! Penny Pingleton Special[287]
2016 The Voice Performer – Duet with Stevie Wonder Air date: December 13, 2016 (Season 11 finale)
2017 One Love Manchester Organizer and performer Special
2017 Carpool Karaoke: The Series Herself Episode: "Seth MacFarlane & Ariana Grande"[139]
2018 A Very Wicked Halloween Herself Special[288]
2018 Ariana Grande at the BBC Herself Special[157][289]
2018 Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries Herself YouTube Docuseries
2019 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself Episode: "Fire Escape"[290]
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Snowflake, the White Gorilla Snowflake (voice) English dub[291]
2016 Underdogs Laura (voice) English dub; direct to video[292]
2016 Zoolander 2 Woman in bondage outfit Cameo[293]

Discography

Tours

Headlining

Promotional

Opening act

See also

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7 Rings

"7 Rings" (stylized in all lowercase), is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). The song was written by Grande, Kaydence, Njomza Vitia, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét alongside its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster, with the interpolation of "My Favorite Things" by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It was released by Republic Records on January 18, 2019, as the second single from the album. The music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, accompanied its release the same day. A remix featuring American rapper 2 Chainz was released on February 1, 2019.

"7 Rings" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It became Grande's second number one single, where it spent 8 non-consecutive weeks at number one, becoming her longest running number one single to date. The song also topped the charts in several other countries including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and reached the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain.

Ariana Grande discography

American singer Ariana Grande has released five studio albums, one compilation album, one remix album, four extended plays (EPs), forty-three singles (including twelve as a featured artist), seven promotional singles and thirty-eight music videos. After signing with Republic Records, she released her debut single "Put Your Hearts Up" in December 2011.

In April 2013, Grande made her chart debut with "The Way", which peaked at number nine on the United States chart Billboard Hot 100. Her debut studio album Yours Truly reached the top ten in many countries while debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, and was subsequently certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album spawned two more singles: "Baby I" and "Right There", the former peaked at number six in Japan. In December 2013, Grande released her first extended play Christmas Kisses, featuring four Christmas-themed tracks. The EP was re-released in December 2014, exclusive to Japan, with one bonus track, Grande's Christmas single "Santa Tell Me".Grande released her second studio album My Everything in August 2014. The material became her second consecutive number-one record on the Billboard 200. Its lead single "Problem" was an international hit and nearly reached the top 10 spots of every major chart, including number two in the United States and number one in the United Kingdom. The subsequent two singles, "Break Free" and "Bang Bang", also achieved international success, and both reached the top five in the United States, which made her the second lead female artist to have three top ten singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100. The latter also went number one in the United Kingdom. The fourth and fifth singles from the album, "Love Me Harder" and "One Last Time", respectively peaked at number seven and number 13 in the United States, also making her the only artist to score four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. All singles from My Everything have been certified platinum or more by the RIAA while the album was certified double platinum. In June 2015, Grande released her first remix album, titled The Remix, exclusively to Japan, and consisted of tracks from her first two studio albums.The singer's third studio album Dangerous Woman was released in May 2016. The record peaked at number two in the United States while topping the charts in the United Kingdom and other 12 countries. Its eponymous lead single debuted at number 10 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first and only artist in the chart's history to debut in the top 10 with the lead single from each of her first three albums. Subsequent two singles, "Into You" and "Side to Side", also achieved commercial success, with both singles entering the top 20 in the United States and the United Kingdom. In February 2017, Grande and John Legend covered "Beauty and the Beast" for the 2017 live-action adaption of the same name. The theme song peaked at number 10 in Japan, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). "No Tears Left to Cry", the lead single from her fourth studio album Sweetener, reached number one in Australia and Norway. The fifth album Thank U, Next was released in February 2019. The lead single of the same name debuted at number one simultaneously in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Subsequent two singles, "7 Rings" and "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number one and number two respectively, in the United States and topped the charts in the United Kingdom.

Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song)

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by English singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and Minaj, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya, with Kuk Harrell serving as a vocal producer. The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014). It is also included on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014), serving as the third single from that album."Bang Bang" debuted at number six and later reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. It debuted at number one in the United Kingdom becoming Grande's second top ten single and second number one debut that year. The song also reached the top ten in fourteen countries top ten of the charts including Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, and South Korea. The single was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards (2015), and won Favorite Song of the Year at the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards. In November 2017, "Bang Bang" was certified six-times platinum by the RIAA, and has sold 3.4 million copies in the US since its release.

Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored

"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). The song was written by Grande, Savan Kotecha, Kandi Burruss, Kevin Briggs alongside its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh, with Grande serving as a vocal producer. It contains an interpolation of the song "It Makes Me Ill" by American boy band NSYNC. The track was released by Republic Records as the third and final single from the album on February 8, 2019, the same day the album was released. Its music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, accompanied its release the same day. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" has reached number one in Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom.

Dangerous Woman

Dangerous Woman is the third studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released by Republic Records on May 20, 2016. The album is the follow-up to her second studio album My Everything (2014), and features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. The album was originally called Moonlight after the opening track on the album, with the song "Focus" being the intended lead single. However, the album's name was later changed to Dangerous Woman, with "Focus" being removed from the album's standard track listing, though it remains as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album.

Dangerous Woman is primarily a pop and R&B album, with influences of dance-pop, disco, house, trap, and reggae genres. Grande, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha were the album's executive producers.

The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, earning 175,000 units in its first week. It was her first album to not hit number-one in the country. However, it became her first number one album in the UK. It also hit number-one in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain and Taiwan, while also entering the top ten in almost every territory it charted in. On October 28, 2016, Dangerous Woman was certified Platinum by the RIAA for combined album sales, on-demand audio, video streams and track-sale equivalent of 1 million units. As of 2017, the album has sold 900,000 copies worldwide according to the IFPI.The album spawned three top twenty singles in the United States. The lead single, "Dangerous Woman", was released on March 11, 2016, debuted at number ten, and later peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Into You", peaked at number 13, while the third single "Side to Side" became the first top five single from the album, peaking at number four on that chart, where it became the albums highest charting single. All three of the aforementioned singles have been certified multiple platinum in the United States. Two promotional singles were released for the album: "Be Alright" and "Let Me Love You" (featuring Lil Wayne).

The album received positive reviews from critics, appearing on the year-end lists of several publications. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. To promote the album, Grande performed at the MTV Movie Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and American Music Awards. She also appeared on an episode of Saturday Night Live as both the host and musical guest. Furthermore, Grande embarked on a concert tour, entitled the Dangerous Woman Tour, starting in February 3, 2017 and ending in September 21, 2017. This tour was interrupted on May 22, 2017 due to a suicide bombing attack at the end of Grande's concert on Manchester Arena. Due to this tragedy, Grande created a benefit concert on June 4, 2017, named One Love Manchester that took place at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.

Faith (Stevie Wonder song)

Faith is a song by American singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder, featuring Ariana Grande. It serves as the lead single from the soundtrack of the 2016 musical-animated film Sing. The song was written by Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Francis Farewell Starlite. The single was released on November 4, 2016.

Let Me Love You (Ariana Grande song)

"Let Me Love You" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring American rapper Lil Wayne from her third studio album Dangerous Woman (2016). It was written by Thomas Brown, Victoria McCants, Steven Franks, Grande and Wayne, with production being done by Franks and Brown, the latter under the name TB Hits. The song was released as the second promotional single from the album on April 18, 2016. A slow-paced, sultry R&B track, "Let Me Love You" features delicate piano chords, electro-beats, smooth, deep bass, trap-lite, hip-hop beats, and interspersed vocals. Lyrically, the song talks about getting over an ex and laying on the chest of someone new.

A music video for the song, directed by Grant Singer, was released on May 16, 2016. For the first week, the music video was available to watch exclusively on Apple Music. It shows Grande in various intimate settings and Wayne appears as well. The music video spawned a nomination for Best Collaboration Video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

List of songs recorded by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is an American singer and actress, but mostly a singer. Her music career started in 2011 when she contributed vocals to the soundtrack albums for the American TV sitcom, Victorious, in which she also starred from 2010 to 2013. Three soundtrack albums were released between 2011 and 2012. In 2011 Grande also began to work as an independent artist outside of Victorious. Her debut single "Put Your Hearts Up", a bubblegum pop song, was released the same year. Grande later called it "inauthentic and fake" and described it as "the worst moment of my life"; she hid the video on her Vevo account. After she expressed her disappointment with the song, Republic Records gave Grande more creative control over the production of her debut album.Yours Truly was released in September 2013. It was preceded by the release of the first single, an R&B song called "The Way" featuring Mac Miller. The song was written by Miller, Harmony Samuels, Amber Streeter, Al Sherrod Lambert, Brenda Russell and American recording artist Jordin Sparks. Follow-up singles included the 1990s-R&B-influenced "Baby I", and "Right There" featuring Big Sean, which Grande stated serves as a sequel to "The Way". Grande worked with Babyface on the album's opener "Honeymoon Avenue" and recorded a duet with Nathan Sykes called "Almost Is Never Enough". Christmas Kisses, Grande's first EP, was released in December 2013. The EP which included only four songs was primarily christmas music, and featured collaboration with Elizabeth Gillies.

Grande's second studio album, My Everything, was released in August 2014. The lead single, "Problem" features Iggy Azalea and Big Sean (uncredited) and heavily features a saxophone in the beat. "Break Free" is an electronic dance music song produced by Zedd; it is a genre which Grande revealed she never thought she would venture into, but the experience caused her to only want to record dance songs. "Break Your Heart Right Back" featuring Childish Gambino incorporates two samples: "Mo Money Mo Problems" by The Notorious B.I.G. and "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross. Other contributing songwriters and producers on My Everything include Ryan Tedder and David Guetta, who composed "One Last Time", and Harry Styles former member of British boyband One Direction, who co-wrote "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart". In November 2014, Grande was featured on Major Lazer's song "All My Love", which was included on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The same month, Grande released a Christmas song titled "Santa Tell Me".Grande's third studio album Dangerous Woman, was released in May 2016 with positive reception. Work for the album, originally titled Moonlight, began and continued throughout 2015. "Focus" was intended to be its lead single, however the "stabbing big-band brass" track with infused horns such as the saxophone, trumpet and a trombone along with clanging percussion and cowbell was later scrapped from the album's track list following its release in October 2015. Grande returned to the studio and later released the title track of the album, which incorporated an arena rock chorus and a guitar solo during its bridge, followed by "Into You" and "Side To Side", featuring Nicki Minaj, a dancehall and reggae-pop song. Promotional singles included "Be Alright" and "Let Me Love You" featuring Lil Wayne, with the album exploring darker themes than her earlier work. The album also features collaborations with Macy Gray and Future, who was featured on the fourth and final single, "Everyday" released in January 2017. The album hit debuted in the top ten positions in the majority of the countries charts it entered.

Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener was released in August 2018 with universal acclaim. The lead single "No Tears Left to Cry" which incorporated a UK garage beat was released in April 2018, followed by "God Is a Woman", a dominantly mid-tempo pop song with trap elements, in July 2018. Grande also teamed up with Nicki Minaj in "The Light Is Coming", serving as the sole promotional single in June 2018. "Breathin", a dance-pop song containing influences of synth-pop was released as the third single in September 2018. Sonically, Sweetener explores different experimental themes, incorporating mostly pop, R&B, and trap songs along with elements of house, funk, neo soul and hip-hop. Tropical house, EDM, synthpop and minimalist urban influences are also seen on its beats and productions. Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams served as collaborators on the album on songs such as "Borderline", a 90's contemporary R&B track, and "Blazed", a high tempo song with a funk-influenced beat. Commercially, the album entered the top ten in multiple nations worldwide while breaking several of Grande's personal records.

Grande's fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, was released in February 2019.

Manchester Arena bombing

The Manchester Arena bombing was a suicide bombing attack in Manchester, United Kingdom on 22 May 2017. A radical Islamist detonated a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb as people were leaving the Manchester Arena following a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande.

Twenty-three people died, including the attacker, and 139 were wounded, more than half of them children. Several hundred more suffered psychological trauma. The bomber was Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old local man of Libyan ancestry. After initial suspicions of a terrorist network, police later said they believed Abedi had largely acted alone but that others had been aware of his plans.

The incident was the deadliest terrorist attack and the first suicide bombing in the United Kingdom since the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

My Everything (Ariana Grande album)

My Everything is the second studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande, released on August 25, 2014 by Republic Records. Grande wanted My Everything to sound as "an evolution" from her debut album, Yours Truly (2013); it explores more mature themes and genres. In the album's production, Ariana worked with a host of producers – including Max Martin, Shellback, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Zedd, and David Guetta. Upon its release, the album debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number one in Australia and Canada as well, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide. As of April 2018, the album has sold 735,000 copies in the United States.My Everything was preceded by the lead single "Problem", which features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. After its release on April 28, 2014, the single debuted at number three the week of May 17, selling over 400,000 copies in its first week and eventually peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. "Break Free", featuring German-Russian musician and producer Zedd, was released as the second single on July 2, and peaked at the fourth position on the Hot 100. The fourth single, "Love Me Harder", featuring The Weeknd, was released on September 30, 2014 and peaked at number seven. Final single "One Last Time" reached number thirteen. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015, My Everything was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

No Tears Left to Cry

"No Tears Left to Cry" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her fourth studio album, Sweetener (2018). Written by Grande, Savan Kotecha and its producers Max Martin and Ilya, it was released by Republic Records as the album's lead single on April 20, 2018, alongside its music video. The song is a dance-pop and disco song with a UK garage beat.

In the United States, "No Tears Left to Cry" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number three, further extending her record as being the only artist to debut in the top ten with the lead single from all of her studio albums. It became her third single to top the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. Internationally, the song topped the charts in various countries and won the award for Best Pop Video at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Problem (song)

"Problem" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. It was written by both alongside Savan Kotecha, Ilya and Max Martin, being produced by the latter two with Shellback, with Peter Carlsson serving as a vocal producer. The song was released by Republic Records on April 28, 2014, as the lead single from Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014). "Problem" is an uptempo dance-pop song with influences of R&B music, which comprises a melody based on drums, saxophone loops, and trumpets. The chorus features uncredited background vocals from American hip hop artist Big Sean. Lyrically, Grande has stated that the song is about "the feeling of being absolutely terrified to re-approach a relationship that's gone sour – but you want to more than anything."

The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 selling 438,000 copies in its first week on sale, earning Grande her biggest digital song sales week ever. The song later peaked at number two, surpassing "The Way" as her highest-charting single in the United States at the time. It also became Azalea's second-highest charting single in the US, after her own single "Fancy". "Problem" remained in the top ten of the Hot 100 for the first sixteen weeks of its chart run, making its number three debut on May 7, 2014 and dropping out of the top ten on August 27, 2014. It topped the US Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Internationally, the single debuted at the top of the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom, while peaking within the top ten of the charts in most other territories, including Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Greece. "Problem" became the first song to top the UK Singles chart based on both sales and streaming.

To promote the song, Grande performed it first at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, followed by the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The song's accompanying music video was directed by Nev Todorovic and premiered on Vevo on May 30, 2014. It won "Best Pop Video" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and has been viewed more than 1.1 billion times. The song itself won "Best Song" at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.

As of 2018, the single has sold 3.7 million copies in the US and has been certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in March 2016. It ultimately reached combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 9 million units worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Side to Side

"Side to Side" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande from her third studio album, Dangerous Woman (2016). Grande co-wrote the song with Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, and Nicki Minaj along with its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh. It is a reggae-pop song, featuring guest vocals from American rapper Minaj. The song was serviced to urban contemporary radio on August 30, 2016, serving as the third single from the album."Side to Side" peaked at number 4 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, becoming her first top-five single from Dangerous Woman in the former and first top-ten single from the album in the latter. It also reached number 4 on the Canadian Hot 100, number 3 on the Australian chart and number 2 in the New Zealand chart. It is her second single to top the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. The single has sold 1.1 million copies as of 2018 in the country, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for additional equivalent units.

Its music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, made its premiere on American clothing brand Guess's website on August 28, 2016, and features Grande in a gym and frolicking with shirtless men in a sauna together with Minaj. The music video has since received a nomination at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography. Grande and Minaj performed "Side to Side" at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards and the American Music Awards. Grande has also promoted the song with televised performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Sweetener (album)

Sweetener is the fourth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album, Dangerous Woman, and features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.

The album received universal critical acclaim, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 231,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, of which 127,000 were from pure sales. The album was Grande's third release to reach the top position in the country, and subsequently marked the largest opening week numbers of her career until Thank U, Next (2019), released approximately six months later. The album would later be certified platinum by the RIAA. It also topped several international album charts, including in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, earning a gold certification in the latter. Sweetener won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 61st ceremony, marking Grande's first career Grammy win.

The album has spawned three top-twenty singles in the United States. The lead single, "No Tears Left to Cry", was released on April 20, 2018 alongside its music video, and debuted and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. "The Light Is Coming", featuring Minaj, was released as a promotional single on June 20, 2018, along with the pre-order of the album. "God Is a Woman" was released as the second single on July 13, 2018, and peaked at number eight, while the third single "Breathin" debuted at number 22 following the album release and later peaked at number 12. Grande embarked on a series of concerts entitled The Sweetener Sessions to promote the album. In support of both Sweetener and her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, Grande embarked on the Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019 and is set to end on October 13, 2019.

Sweetener World Tour

The Sweetener World Tour is the fourth concert tour by American singer Ariana Grande, in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019). The tour began on March 18, 2019 in Albany, New York, and is set to conclude on October 13, 2019 in Zürich, Switzerland.

Thank U, Next

Thank U, Next (stylized in all lowercase) is the fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released on February 8, 2019, by Republic Records. Following the release of her previous studio album Sweetener (2018), Grande began working on a new album in October of the same year, enlisting writers and producers such as Tommy Brown, Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Andrew "Pop" Wansel. The album was created in the midst of personal matters, including the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her break up with fiancé Pete Davidson.

The title track was released as the album's lead single on November 3, 2018, peaking atop of the charts of 12 countries and becoming Grande's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. The track also broke a string of records, including the record for the most plays in a single day by a female artist on Spotify. Its second single, "7 Rings", was released on January 18, 2019, peaking at number one in 15 countries and making Grande the third female artist to have two or more songs debuting atop of the Hot 100. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" was released as the third single on the day of the album's release. The track's debut atop of the UK Singles Chart made Grande the first female artist to replace herself at number one on the chart, dethroning her previous single. In support of both Sweetener and Thank U, Next, Grande embarked on the Sweetener World Tour, beginning on March 18, 2019.

Upon its release, Thank U, Next received universal acclaim from music critics, many of whom praised the cohesiveness and production of the album. Commercially, the album peaked atop the charts of many countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the latter, the album broke the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album, debuting with 360,000 album-equivalent units.

Thank U, Next (song)

"Thank U, Next" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, released as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2019). The song was released on November 3, 2018, without any prior official announcement or promotion. The track was written by Grande, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét, along with its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster. Lyrically, the song reflects on Grande's past relationships.Commercially, "Thank U, Next" has reached number one in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal and Singapore, the top ten in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, and the top twenty in France and Germany.

The Hannah Lux Davis-directed music video, which references Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going on 30 and Legally Blonde, was released on November 30, 2018, and subsequently broke several YouTube and Vevo records.

The Way (Ariana Grande song)

"The Way" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring rapper Mac Miller, from Grande's debut studio album Yours Truly (2013). It was written by the song's producer Harmony Samuels, alongside Amber Streeter, Al Sherrod Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Brenda Russell, and Miller. The song's backing track is based on the piano melody from Russell's 1979 song "A Little Bit of Love", and the song has melodic and lyrical similarities to Big Pun's 1998 song "Still Not a Player", which also samples "A Little Bit of Love"."The Way" was released on March 25, 2013, by Republic Records as the lead single from Yours Truly. The song debuted at number 10 and peaked at number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande and Miller's first top ten song on the chart. This also made Grande the first top ten arrival for a lead female artist making her first Hot 100 appearance since Yael Naim, who launched with "New Soul" back in 2008. As of April 2018, "The Way" has sold 2.4 million copies in the United States and has been certified triple platinum.

Yours Truly (Ariana Grande album)

Yours Truly is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. It was released on September 3, 2013, by Republic Records. Incorporating R&B, Yours Truly was influenced by Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, amongst Grande's other idols. Grande describes the album's first half as a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half being "very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original. On the album, Grande co-wrote six out of the twelve tracks. Contribution by Harmony Samuels, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Patrick "J. Que" Smith and Victorious co-star Leon Thomas III, as well as others, handling the production on the album. Grande recorded a number of songs on this album over a three-year period. The collaborations are with Big Sean, Mika and Mac Miller, in addition to The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, who features on the song "Almost Is Never Enough" which was also included on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Occasionally, the album dips into other genres such as adult contemporary music and dance music.

Yours Truly was promoted with live renditions of the album's songs during The Listening Sessions tour. The album was preceded by the release of the lead single, "The Way", featuring American rapper Mac Miller, on March 25, 2013. It became a top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number nine. The second single, "Baby I", was released on July 22, 2013, and peaked just outside the top-twenty of the Billboard Hot 100 at number twenty-one. The third and final single "Right There", featuring Big Sean, was released on August 6, 2013, and peaked at number eighty-four on the Billboard Hot 100.

Yours Truly debuted atop the US Billboard 200 selling 138,000 copies in its opening week. Internationally, the album reached the top-ten position in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

On March 22, 2016, it was certified platinum by the RIAA for album equivalents of over 1 million units in the US. It had sold 596,000 copies in the US as of April 2018. To promote the album, Grande embarked on her first headlining concert tour, The Listening Sessions.

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