Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1993 and began performing onstage when she as a child. A role in a Broadway play at age 15, followed by some small TV roles, helped her land the role of Cat on TV's Victorious. She followed that with the spinoff Sam & Cat and then dove headfirst into a chart-topping musical career, releasing three albums Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014) and Dangerous Woman (2016). Her popularity has been fueled by a strong social media presence on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Victorious was set at a performing arts high school, and Grande was cast as a goofy aspiring singer-actress named Cat Valentine. While busy with the show, Grande nevertheless pursued a musical career, making her first appearance on a record with the Victorious soundtrack. And in 2011, Grande released the single "Put Your Hearts Up," a pop song aimed at the hearts of her young Victorious audience. The show's devoted fan base voted Victorious Favorite TV Show at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
"The Way" was the first single from Grande's debut album, Yours Truly, a record that also featured the hits "Baby I" and "Right There." The album, produced by super-producer Babyface, showed a maturing Grande, and 1990s soul influences from by pop diva Mariah Carey. The 2014 release My Everything sold 169,000 copies in its first week, debuting at No. 1. The single "Problem," featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, preceded the album release and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100, selling more than 400,000 copies upon its release. "Break Free" with Zedd and "Love Me Harder" with The Weeknd followed, each climbing toward the top of the charts.
During the summer of 2014, Grande teamed up with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj on the single "Bang Bang," a track that debuted at No. 6 and peaked at No. 3 in the United States. The album spawned another hit single "One Last Time," which reached number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Grande had three hit singles from My Everything on the Billboard chart at the same time.
In 2015, Grande released Christmas & Chill, a holiday album, and the single "Focus," which debuted at number seven on the Billboard's Hot 100. In February 2016, she released her third album Dangerous Woman, and the title track debuted at number 10 on the Hot 100 that March. She made music history with the track's success, becoming the first artist to have the lead singles from her first three albums debut in the Top 10. Dangerous Woman, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, also features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future.
Grande has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, won three American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year in 2016, and an MTV Video Music Award.
Grande has also become a popular host of Saturday Night Live, bringing her musical and acting talents to the show, including uncanny impersonations of fellow pop divas Britney Spears, Shakira, Rihanna, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston in a skit spoofing the streaming service Tidal.