Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer and actress. Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Grande began her career at age 15 in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to fame for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–2013) and Sam & Cat (2013–2014). She subsequently signed with Republic Records in 2011 after the label’s executives discovered YouTube videos of her covering songs. Her 1950s doo-wop-influenced pop and R&B debut album, Yours Truly (2013), topped the US Billboard 200 chart, while its lead single, “The Way”, charted in the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100.
Her 2020 collaborations “Stuck with U” and “Rain on Me”, helped her break the record for the most number-one debuts on the Hot 100. Grande’s R&B-influenced sixth studio album, Positions (2020), and its title track, debuted at number-one in the U.K. and U.S., with the single becoming her record-extending fifth number-one debut on the Hot 100.
She possesses an expansive four-octave vocal range and whistle register. She is the first act to have all lead singles from each of her first six studio albums debut in the top ten of the Hot 100, the first act to have her first five number one singles debut at the top spot on that chart, and the first to have three number one-debuts in one calendar year. She has received various accolades throughout her career, including one Grammy Award, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and eight Guinness World Records. All five of Grande’s full-length albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. Having amassed billions of streams thus far, Grande is the most streamed female artist on Spotify and Apple Music and is currently the most followed solo female artist on Spotify, and YouTube. She has been included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2016 and 2019) and Forbes’ list of the highest-paid women in music multiple times, while Billboard has honored her as Woman of the Year (2018) and the most accomplished female artist to debut in the 2010s. Outside of music, Grande is the most followed woman on Instagram and has used her platform to advocate for gender, racial, and LGBT equality.
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