June 26, 1993 (age 23)
Florida, United States
Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993), known as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2009. Grande also starred in the spinoff, Sam & Cat.
Grande's music career began with the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011). She signed a recording contract with Republic Records and released her debut studio album, Yours Truly, in 2013, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album's lead single, "The Way", debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014), debuted at number one in the US and charted in the top 10 in 24 other countries. She had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. In 2015, Grande promoted My Everything with her first world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, guest starred in the Fox comedy horror television series, Scream Queens and released a holiday EP, Christmas & Chill. In 2016, she released her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, and several songs from the album. The title track debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Grande the first person in the history of that chart to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top 10. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. As of January 2017, Grande's music videos had been viewed a total of more than seven billion times online.
Grande's accolades include three American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV Europe Music Awards and four Grammy Award nominations. All three of her albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. She has actively supported a range of charities, and has a large following on social media; she is the second most followed person on Instagram. In 2016, Time named Grande one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.
Relationship with One Direction
Grande is close friends with Niall Horan, and recorded a song written by Harry Styles for her second studio album. In 2015, Grande shut down relationship rumors about Horan in a self recorded video where she called out media for focusing too intensely on the men in her life, and linking her romantically to every male friend. Partway through the video, she exclaims "I am not Niall's new girl" referencing a headline published at the time, after the two were seen partying numerous times. In 2014, Grande accepted and recorded the song "Just A Little Bit Of My Heart", which was written by Harry Styles. Grande has called the song "beautiful" and said "Harry is an amazing writer". Grande performed the song live at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015. Ariana also performed the song with Coldplay's Chris Martin, at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on September 26, 2015.
One Love Manchester
On May 22, 2017 a bomb was detonated in the foyer of Manchester Arena where Grande had just concluded a concert for her Dangerous Woman Tour. 22 people leaving the concert were killed, with over 100 more people injured. Grande flew home to Florida immediately after the attack occurred. Several days later, Grande announced she would return to the United Kingdom to hold a benefit concert, titled One Love Manchester, at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in honour of the victims, on June 4, 2017. Niall Horan was announced as one of the headlining acts. He spoke to SiriusXM about how he was chosen, stating: "I'm good friends with Ariana and she called me up and asked me would I be involved, and obviously it's a no-brainer. It's a terrible thing that happened but I'm glad Ariana can pull her friends together and raise some needed money for the victims. It's the least we can do as artists". Horan performed This Town and Slow Hands, and joined the rest of the performers on stage at the concert's conclusion for a performance of Grande's song One Last Time. After the concert, Horan tweeted: "First of all thank you Manchester. What an incredible city, to pull together like that, show no fear and just have a great night. The atmosphere in that stadium was just amazing all night, start to finish. Secondly, thank you Ariana Grande for putting that show together in just a few days. All week you have been incredible and as a friend, I'm so proud of you my love. Amazing person! I won't be forgetting that night ever. So happy that I was given the opportunity to be involved in what was a fantastic night".