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Ariana Grande-Butera

Ariana Grande-Butera (/ˌɑːriˈɑːnə ˈɡrændiː/;[1] born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received public acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, one Bambi Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 26 Guinness World Records.

Ariana Grande

Grande at the 2020 Grammy Awards

Born
Ariana Grande-Butera
June 26, 1993 (age 28)
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Occupation
Singersongwriteractress
Years active
2008–present
Agent
Scooter Braun
Spouse(s)
Dalton Gomez (m. 2021)
Relatives
Frankie Grande (half-brother)
Musical career
Genres
PopR&B
Instruments
Vocals
Labels
Republic
Associated acts
Big Sean Cashmere Cat Doja Cat Mac Miller Nicki Minaj Victoria Monét The Weeknd
Website
arianagrande.com
Signature

Grande began her music career at age 15 in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to fame for playing Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–2013) and Sam & Cat (2013–2014). Grande signed with Republic Records in 2011 after label executives viewed YouTube videos of her covering songs. Her 1950s doo-wop-influenced pop and R&B debut album,[2] Yours Truly (2013), topped the US Billboard 200, while its lead single, “The Way”, reached the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100. Grande’s voice and whistle register on the album drew immediate comparisons to Mariah Carey.

She continued to explore pop and R&B in her second and third studio albums, My Everything (2014) and Dangerous Woman (2016). My Everything experimented with EDM and achieved global success with its singles “Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”; Dangerous Woman became her first of four consecutive number-one albums in the UK. Personal struggles influenced her trap-infused fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019), both of which were critical and commercial successes. Sweetener won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, and Thank U, Next broke the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album and was nominated for Album of the Year.[3] The singles “Thank U, Next”, “7 Rings”, and “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” made Grande the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Hot 100 simultaneously and the first woman to succeed herself at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Her 2020 collaborations “Stuck with U” with Justin Bieber and “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga helped her break the record for most number-one debuts on the Hot 100, the latter winning the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Grande’s R&B-focused sixth studio album, Positions (2020), and its title track debuted at number-one in the UK and US. In 2021, she had her sixth US number-one single after featuring on the remix of The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears”.

Often regarded as a pop cultural icon and triple threat entertainer,[4][5][6] Grande is one of the world’s best-selling music artists; she has sold more than 85 million records globally, and all of her studio albums have been certified platinum or higher.[7] Among her Billboard chart records, she is the first artist and only woman to have five number-one debuts, to chart three number one-debuts in one calendar year, to debut the lead singles from each of her studio albums in the top ten, and to have their first five number one singles debut at top spot. Grande is the most streamed female artist ever, the most streamed female artist on Spotify (also 2010s decade) and Apple Music, the most followed female artist on Spotify, and the most subscribed female artist on YouTube.[8][9][10] She has been included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2016 and 2019) and the Forbes Celebrity 100 (2019–2020). Grande was named Woman of the Year (2018), the greatest pop star of 2019,[11] and the most successful female artist to debut in the 2010s by Billboard.[12][13] Aside from music, she worked with many charitable organizations and advocates for animal rights, mental health, and gender, racial, and LGBT equality. Grande has a large following on social media; she became the most followed woman on Instagram in 2019,[14][note 1] and has over 300 million followers as of 2022. She has also ventured into the cosmetics and fashion industries.

List of awards and nominations received by Ariana Grande

American singer and actress Ariana Grande has won more than 187 awards throughout her career. Her debut album Yours Truly was released in 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[1] The album spawned three singles “The Way“, “Baby I” and “Right There“, all which reached the Hot 100.[2]That same year, she won New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. She played a titular role in the teen sitcom Sam & Cat (2013–14), for which she won a Favorite TV Actress award at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Awards

American Music Awards
3 wins
18 nominations
AMFT Awards

3 wins
18 nominations
ASCAP Pop Music AwardsBambi Awards
1
1
BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards
2
3
Billboard.com Mid-Year Music Awards
2
5
Billboard Music Awards
2
28
Billboard Women in Music
2
2
Bravo Otto
3
5
BreakTudo Awards
2
2
Brit Awards
1Clio Awards
4
4
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
0
2
Danish Music Awards
0
1
Denver Film Critics Society
0
1
Detroit Film Critics Society
0
1
DiscussingFilm Critic Awards
0
1
FiFi Awards
5
5
GAFFA Awards (Denmark)
3
6
GAFFA Awards (Norway)
1
2
GAFFA Awards (Sweden)
2
6
Georgia Film Critics Association
0
1
Glamour Awards
0
2
Global Awards
0
4
Gold Derby Music Awards
1
8
Gold Derby Film Awards
0
2
Grammy Awards
2
15
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards
0
1
Guinness World Records
26
26
Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards
0
1
Hito Pop Music Awards
1
1
Hollywood Critics Association
0
1
Hollywood Music in Media Awards
0
2
Houston Film Critics Society
0
1
iHeartRadio MMVAs
0
4
iHeartRadio Music Awards
6
35
iHeartRadio Titanium Award
5
5
Japan Gold Disc Awards
7
7
Joox Thailand Music Awards
1
2
Juno Awards
0
2
LOS40 Music Awards
0
5
Love Perfume Awards
2
2
Lunas del Auditorio
0
2
Melon Music Awards
0
1
MTV Europe Music Awards
3
32
MTV Italian Music Awards
2
4
MTV Millennial Awards
3
10
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil
1
8
MTV Movie & TV Awards
0
3
MTV Video Music Awards
9
42
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
4
5
MTV Video Play Awards
5
5
Music Business Association
1
1
Music City Film Critics Association
0
2
MusicDaily Awards Hungary
1
1
Myx Music Awards
0
4
NAACP Image Awards
0
1
National Youth Theatre Awards
1
1
Neox Fan Awards
0
1
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
8
14
Meus Prêmios Nick
2
9
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids’ Choice Awards
2
4
Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards
0
3
Nickelodeon Colombia Kids’ Choice Awards
1
5
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards
1
6
Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards
0
1
NME Awards
2
2
North Carolina Critics Association
North Dakota Film Society
North Texas Critics Associatio
NRJ Music Awards
People’s Choice Awards
PLAY – Portuguese Music Awards
Pollstar Awards
Q Awards
Queerty Awards
Radio Disney Music Awards
Rockbjörnen
RTHK International Pop Poll Awards
San Diego Film Critics Society
Satellite Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Shorty Awards
Society of Composers and Lyricists Awards
Space Shower Music Awards
Spotify Awards
Streamy Awards
Sunset Circle Awards
TEC Awards
Teen Choice Award
Telehit Awards
Ticketmaster Awards
Young Hollywood Awards
YouTube Music Awards

In 2014, Grande released her second studio album, My Everything, preceded by its lead single “Problem”. At the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, “Problem” won the Best Pop Video award, and garnered three nominations, including Best Female Video. The single also won Best Song at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. She won the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the 40th ceremony of the People’s Choice Awards. At the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards, Grande earned three nominations, including Hottest Music Artist. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Grande was nominated for two awards. In 2015, she won another American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Collaboration for “Bang Bang”. She has won a total of ten Teen Choice Awards and six Radio Disney Music Awards.

In 2016, Grande released her third studio album, Dangerous Woman. She was nominated for five awards at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, which included Best Pop Video and Best Female Video for her second single “Into You”. She won the American Music Award for Artist of the Year. At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Grande was nominated for two more awards, for Best Pop Solo Performance for her single “Dangerous Woman” as well as Best Pop Vocal Album, her second nomination in that category. In 2017, she was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2018, Grande released her fourth studio album, Sweetener, releasing lead single “No Tears Left to Cry”. Grande was nominated for five awards at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for “No Tears Left to Cry”, but ultimately won Best Pop Video for the latter song. In December 2018, Grande was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. In 2019, Grande released her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, which includes the lead single “Thank U, Next”. Grande was nominated for two awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, winning her first award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener. She was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for Sweetener’s second single, “God is a Woman”. Grande also won the award for International Female Solo Artist at the 2019 Brit Awards. Grande was nominated for nine awards at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist; she won two awards, for Billboard Chart Achievement and Top Female Artist. Grande was also nominated for 12 awards at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for “Thank U, Next”. She won three awards, including Artist of the Year.[3] Grande was also nominated for five Grammy awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Thank U, Next and Record of the Year for “7 Rings”.[4]

Grande was nominated for nine VMAs at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga.[5] Grande would go on to win a Grammy Award at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga, marking it the first female-collaboration to win the award. As of 2021, Grande has broken 26 Guinness World Records.[6] At the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, Grande was nominated for three awards, for Best Pop Vocal Album for her sixth studio album, Positions, which became her fifth consecutive nomination in this category, tied for the most by any artist, and Best Pop Solo Performance for the single, “Positions”, where she also tied for the most nominations in this category with four total. Furthermore, for her work on Doja Cat’s third studio album, Planet Her, as a collaborator and songwriter on the track, “I Don’t Do Drugs”, she was nominated for Album of the Year for the second time.[7] In 2021, Grande appeared in the film Don’t Look Up, directed and written by Adam McKay, playing the character Riley Bina. For her role in the film, as well as for her contributions to the film’s song, “Just Look Up”, written and performed by Grande, she has received numerous nominations, including a Critics Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Artistry

Musical style and genres

“Thank U, Next” (0:21)

Grande’s music explores R&B elements, shown on “Thank U, Next”, displaying a “dreamy undertone” under a synth line.

Grande’s music is generally pop and R&B with elements of EDMhip hop,[245][246][247][248] and trap,[249][250][251] the latter first appearing prominently on her Christmas & Chill extended play. While consistently maintaining pop-R&B tones, she has increased incorporation of trap into her music as her career has progressed[252] thanks to her work with record producer Tommy Brown.[253] She has worked with Brown on every album and stated that “one of the things I love most about working with Tommy is that none of the beats he plays me ever sound the same.”[254] Grande learned how to sound engineer and produce because she loves being hands on during every project, and revealed that Mac Miller taught her how to work with Pro Tools.[255] Justin Tranter, a recent collaborator, felt inspired to see how involved Grande is in her music “from the writing to the vision to the storytelling and to even engineering and comping her own vocals.”[256] She has co-written several of her songs addressing a wide variety of themes such as love, sex, wealth, breakups, independence, empowerment, self-love and moving on from the past.[257]

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.[258] Her follow-up, My Everything, was described as an evolution from her debut record with a new sound exploring EDM and electropop genres.[259] She followed her pop-R&B sound on her third album, Dangerous Woman, which was praised by the Los Angeles Times for adapting to different styles with the reggae-pop “Side to Side”, the dance-pop-influenced “Be Alright”, and the fusion of guitar and trap in “Sometimes”.[260] Her trap-pop sound is heavily featured on her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next.[252] Elias Leight of Rolling Stone believes “with her new album Sweetener, she set her sights on conquering trap, savage basslines and jittery swarms of drum programming.”[261] She also “embraces the sound of hard-bitten Southern hip-hop” exploring elements of funk music with themes of love and prosperity.[261][262] Craig Jenkins of Vulture wrote that Grande had changed and approached her style to trap and hip hop, filled with R&B undertones on Thank U, Next,[263] with lyrics about breakups, empowerment, and self-love.[262] Her sixth album, Positions, expands on the R&B and trap-pop sound of Sweetener and Thank U, Next, with topics about sex and romance.[264][265]

Influences

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

Grande grew up listening mainly to urban pop and 1990s music[246] and says that “Over the Rainbow” was one of the first songs she remembers singing because “Wizard Of Oz was always my favorite movie when I was younger.”[266] Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston are her biggest vocal influences: “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.”[266][267] Alongside Carey and Houston, Grande’s other key influences include Celine Dion and Madonna.[268] She reflects on her childhood by posting videos of herself singing songs from Dion’s 1997 album Let’s Talk About Love on her social media.[269] Grande credits Madonna for “pav[ing] the way for me and also every other female artist” and admitted to being “obsessed with her entire discography“.[270][271] She credited Gloria Estefan with inspiring her to pursue a music career, after Estefan saw and complimented Grande’s performance on a cruise ship when she was eight years old.[272]
Grande praised Imogen Heap‘s “intricate” song structure and named Judy Garland as a childhood influence, admiring her ability to tell “a story when she sings”.[262] Musically, Grande admires India.Arie because her “music makes me feel like everything is going to be okay” and loves Brandy‘s songs because “her riffs are incredibly on point.”[262] Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé are also major influences and inspirations in her career.[273] She has also expressed admiration for rappers who impact the music industry without a planned release date, telling Billboard, “My dream has always been to be—obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t. … It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to … drop [music] the way these boys do.”[249] It inspired her to release “Thank U, Next” without any prior announcement, which The Ringer called “more of a Drake move than an Ariana Grande move.”[274]
Voice
Grande is a light lyric soprano,[275][276][277][278] possessing a four-octave vocal range[20][279] and a whistle register.[280] With the release of Yours Truly, critics compared Grande to Mariah Carey because of her wide vocal range, sound and musical material.[281][282] 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.”[283] 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.”[273] Steven J. Horowitz of Billboard wrote in 2014, “With her sophomore album, the ‘Problem’ singer no longer resembles [Carey]—and that’s okay.”[282]
Mark Savage of BBC News commented, “Grande is one of pop’s most intriguing and gifted singers. A magnetic performer with unrivalled vocal control”.[20] In The New York TimesJon 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.”[284] 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.”[285]

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