Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993), known professionally as Ariana Grande (/ˌɑriːˈɑːnə ˈɡrɑːndeɪ/), is an American singer and actress who began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2009. After the show ended, Grande rose to prominence as a teen idol on her own spinoff, Sam & Cat.
Grande’s musical career began with the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011). She signed a recording contract with Republic Records, which released her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013), which debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “The Way”, became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with critics comparing her wide vocal range to Mariah Carey.
Grande’s second studio album, My Everything (2014), also reached number one in the United States, and contained the hit singles “Problem” and “Break Free”. Some of her achievements include New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Music Awards, Favorite Breakout Artist at the 40th People’s Choice Awards, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year by the Music Business Association. With songs “Break Free”, “Problem”, and “Bang Bang”, she has spent 26 straight weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
She was in a relationship with Jai Brooks, a member of the Australian YouTube group The Janoskians, from August 2012 to July 2013.On May 1, 2014, Grande was photographed kissing Brooks and confirmed that they were back together but split for a second time three months later. On October 13, 2014, Grande confirmed that she is dating rapper Big Sean after reports have been circulating since August of that year.
Grande was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism after becoming disillusioned with the church during the reign of Pope Benedict. Grande stated, “I lost faith when the Pope decided to tell me that everything I loved and believed in was wrong. I needed something else to believe in.” She has followed Kabbalah teachings since at least the age of twelve, believing “the basis lies in the idea that if you’re kind to others, good things will happen to you.”