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Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande 2012
Grande at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in November 2012
Born Ariana Grande-Butera
June 6, 1993
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, voice artist
Years active 2008–present
Official website

Ariana Grande-Butera[1][2] (born June 26, 1993),[3][4] known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She made her performance debut on Broadway at age 15, originating the role of Charlotte in 13 in 2008. Recently, she has gained attention for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious, which she reprises Sam & Cat, a spinoff of iCarly and Victorious.

Early life

Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida.[5] She is of Italian descent, half Sicilian, half Abruzzese.[6] Her name was inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat. Grande's parents are Joan Grande and Edward Butera, a graphic designer.[7]She has an older brother, Frankie Grande, who is a performer and producer. He also was one of Grande's backup dancers on her first tour. Grande sang as a soloist in various symphonies, such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonia Orchestras. She has sung various times in NYC's Birdland and sang the National Anthem on the first live broadcast of the Florida Panther’s hockey league.[3]


2003–10: Beginnings and Broadway

In her early years, she has been a soloist with various symphonies including South Florida’s Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonia Orchestras, and has had repeated appearances singing at NYC’s own Birdland.[8] Ariana performed the National Anthem for the first live Fox Sports broadcast of the Anthem for the Florida Panther’s hockey league at age eight, her first National TV performance.[8]

In 2008, Grande played the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award. When she joined the musical, Grande left her high school, North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled. The school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors.[8][9]

In 2010, she created the original role of Miriam in the reading of the new musical, Cuba Libre, written and produced by Desmond Child.[8]

2010–present: Victorious, debut album and other projects

Grande played the character Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television show Victorious, which premiered in March 2010. Grande was also featured in Dream Magazine as the cover girl for the August 2011 issue.[10] In 2011, Ariana voiced an animated fairy, Princess Diaspro, on the Nickelodeon series, Winx Club. Grande also made appearances as a panelist on Figure It Out. Grande starred as Snow White along with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris in the Pasadena Playhouse's production of A Snow White Christmas from December 13–23, 2012.[11] In 2012, Grande sang a duet with MIKA on the single version of his track Popular Song.[12]

Sam & Cat

It was announced during the network's presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on August 3, 2012 that Sam & Cat, which would pair Grande from Victorious and Jennette McCurdy from iCarly together in a traditional "buddy sitcom" setting, where they would reprise their roles as Cat Valentine and Sam Puckett.[13] Sam & Cat was picked up by Nickelodeon on November 29, 2012.[14] The pilot suggests they will be roommates who launch a babysitting business for income. In the following month it was also announced that Victorious's current season (Season 3, which was split to a fourth season) will be the last.[15] Grande tweeted stating that she wasn't hoping for it to end and was looking forward to being on both shows. It was announced that the third soundtrack would be released on November 6, 2012 titled as "Victorious 3.0. The first single was called "LA Boyz" (which was performed by Grande and Justice) and the music video was released October 18, 2012.

Stage and screen credits

Year Show Role Notes
2009 The Battery's Down Bat Mitzvah Riffer Minor role; 1 episode
2010–2013 Victorious Cat Valentine Main role
2011 iCarly ("IParty with Victorious") Cat Valentine Special guest star
2011 Winx Club Princess Diaspro Recurring role, voice only
2012 Figure It Out Herself Panelist
2013 Sam & Cat Cat Valentine Lead role
Year Film Role Notes
2013 Swindle [16] Amanda Lead role
Year Show Role Notes
200813Charlotte (u/s Patrice) Original Broadway cast
Music video
Year Main artist Song Notes
2010 Victoria Justice "Freak the Freak Out" Cameo
2011 Victoria Justice "Beggin' on Your Knees" Cameo
2011 Greyson Chance "Unfriend You" Cameo; main antagonist
2011 Victoria Justice "All I Want Is Everything" Cameo
2012 Ariana Grande "Put Your Hearts Up" Lead role
2012 Big Time Rush "Time of Our Life" Cameo
2012 Victoria Justice "Make It In America" Cameo
2012 Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice "L.A. Boyz" Lead role
2013 Ariana Grande "The Way (featuring Mac Miller)" Lead role



Title Release Date Label
Yours Truly September 3, 2013 Republic
Christmas Kisses (EP) December 17, 2013
My Everything August 25, 2014
Love Me Harder (EP) November 21, 2014
The Remix June 3, 2015
Christmas & Chill (EP) December 18, 2015
Dangerous Woman May 20, 2016


Year Song Album
2012 "Put Your Hearts Up" Non-album release[17]
2013 "The Way" (featuring Mac Miller) Yours Truly
"Baby I"
"Right There" (featuring Big Sean)
"Last Christmas" Christmas Kisses (EP)
"Love Is Everything"
"Snow in California"
"Santa Baby" (featuring Liz Gillies)
2014 "Problem" (featuring Iggy Azalea) My Everything
"Break Free" (featuring Zedd)
"Bang Bang" (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj)
"Love Me Harder" (with The Weeknd)
"Brand New You"
"Santa Tell Me" Christmas Kisses (EP)
2015 "One Last Time" My Everything
"E Piú Ti Penso" (with Andrea Bocelli) Cinema
"Focus" Dangerous Woman
2016 "Dangerous Woman"

Featured singles

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Popular Song" (Mika featuring Ariana Grande) 2012 79 The Origin of Love

Other songs

Year Song Album
2009 "Suitcase" non-album song[19]
"Let It Rain"
"Stick Around (with Graham Phillips)"
2012 "Baby It's Cold Outside" (with Larry Lovestein) non-album song[19]

Album appearances

Year Song Artist(s) Album Appearance
2011 "Give It Up" Victorious cast and Elizabeth Gillies Victorious (soundtrack) Lead vocalist
"I Want You Back" (Jackson 5 cover) Victorious cast Backing vocals, additional vocals
"Leave It All to Shine" Victorious cast, iCarly cast,
Victoria Justice and Miranda Cosgrove
Backing vocals, additional vocals
"You're My Only Shorty" (demo) Demi Lovato and Iyaz Unbroken Demo artist only, not featured in album
2012 "5 Fingaz to the Face" Victorious cast Victorious 2.0 Lead vocalist
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" Victorious cast Backing vocals
"Take Care"[20] Leon Thomas III Metro Hearts Featured artist
"L.A. Boyz" Victorious cast Victorious 3.0 Lead vocalist
"Popular Song (Single Version)" Mika The Origin of Love Duet


Song Artist
There's Hope[21] India.Arie
ABC[22] Jackson 5
California Gurls/Tik Tok[21] Katy Perry/Ke$ha
Nothing Is Too Wonderful To Be True[21] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Teenage Dream[21] Katy Perry
Love The Way You Lie (Part 2)[21] Rihanna
Grenade[21] Bruno Mars
Born This Way/Express Yourself[21] Lady Gaga/Madonna
Vienna[21] Billy Joel
Hide And Seek[21] Imogen Heap
Rolling In the Deep[21] Adele
Last Dance[23] Donna Summer
Chestnuts (with Elizabeth Gillies)[21] Mel Tormé
Take Care (duet with Leon Thomas III)[21] Drake & Rihanna
Gimme Some Lovin'[24] The Spencer Davis Group
Emotions[25] Mariah Carey
Thinking About You[26] Frank Ocean
Die In Your Arms[27] Justin Bieber

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 National Youth Theatre Association Awards Best Actress 13 Won[28]
2010 Hollywood Teen TV Awards Teen Pick Actress: Comedy Victorious Nominated[29]
2012 Favorite Television Actress Won[30]


  1. Twitter: Ariana Grande (verified account) (May 5, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-05-08. “@pridelittlered Ariana Grande-Butera, everyone thinks Joan is my middle name but I don't actually have one! What's your middle name luv?”
  2. Twitter: Ariana Grande (verified account) (February 3, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-04-03. “Oh my goodness. Look what I just found!.. This is my school ID from 8th grade. LOL. Had 2 share this with you guys.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ariana Grande – about. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved on 2012-03-06.
  4. Twitter: Ariana Grande (verified account) (June 26, 2010). Retrieved on 2010-06-26. “I was born 17 years ago today. Woooop. :)”
  5. Laracy, Noah. "Ariana Grande: A Back Stage Exclusive". Back Stage, May 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  6. Twitter: Ariana Grande (verified account) (February 22, 2011). Retrieved on 2011-04-28. “I am Italian American, half Sicilian and half Abruzzese…”
  7. BOCA KID GETS A PUCK AND ICE; 5-YEAR-OLD FINE AFTER BEING STRUCK 2ND TIME. (1998-10-10). Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Ariana Grande - About Ariana. OfficalArianaGrande. Retrieved on 2012.
  9. "Ariana Grande: From Boca To Broadway"., May 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  10. August Cover: Ariana Grande.
  11. Ariana Grande, Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris Headline A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS at Pasadena Playhouse, 12/13-23 – « Pasadena Playhouse. (2012-09-07). Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
  12. Nickelodeon greenlights an 'iCarly' spinoff and other new shows. Retrieved on 2012-08-12.
  13. Nordyke, Kimberly (2012-11-29). Nickelodeon Greenlights Spinoff of 'iCarly,' 'Victorious'. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2012-11-29.
  14. Big Time Rush (August 10, 2012). M Exclusive: Victorious will NOT be returning for season four! – M Magazine. Retrieved on August 10, 2012.
  15. New 'Nickelodeon' movie, Swindle with Ariana Grande
  17. News - Events, Festivals, Concert Reviews, Shows - Page 1. Billboard. Retrieved on 2013-03-16.
  18. 19.0 19.1 Ariana Grande Profile and Biography. Celebrity Days. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  19. Twitter / Leonthomas3: Ok ask and you shall receive. Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
  20. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 Covers. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  21. ABC (Jackson 5 cover). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  22. Last Dance (Donna Summer cover). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  23. 0.00. Ariana Grande Official's sounds on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  24. Ariana Grande Covers "Emotions" By Mariah Carey | Nickelodeon News. Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  25. Thinking About You (Frank Ocean cover). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  26. Posted: 07/30/2012 4:57 pm Updated: 07/30/2012 5:42 pm (2012-07-30). Ariana Grande Covers Justin Bieber's 'Die In Your Arms' (VIDEO). Retrieved on 2012-12-29.
  28. Hollywood Teen TV Awards.
  29. Hollywood Teen TV Awards - Favorite Television Actress.

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