Celebrity Then And Now
Ariana Grande
Name: Ariana Grande
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 2010-Present
Currently Known For: Singing and Acting Career
Networth: $40 MillionFamous For: Sam & Cat, Victorious, Music Career
Ariana Grande
Name Ariana Grande
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 2010-Present
Currently Known For Singing and Acting Career
Networth $40 Million
Famous For Sam & Cat, Victorious, Music Career

Not many people can say that they’ve dominated television ratings and then music charts before being old enough to rent a car, but Ariana Grande falls into that rare category. Born as Ariana Grande-Butera on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida, she had a knack for entertainment at a very young age, getting on stage frequently and performing before turning 10 years old. She even landed a gig with a cruise ship and local orchestras.

There was a lot of potential for Grande and her career, and a lot of people could sense it. That’s why when she was just 13 years old, she made her way to Los Angeles so that she could meet with producers and managers, and she said that she wanted to be an R&B singer, but instead got her start on Broadway with the production of “13”.

Looking back on her childhood, Grande said that she found a notebook from when she was just five years old that asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. Grande wrote that “I want to be on Nickelodeon and then I want to sing.” It turns out that Grande might actually be a fortune teller, because she got her wish at a very young age.

One of her Broadway castmates, Elizabeth Gillis, was cast alongside Grande on the Nickelodeon show “Victorious” in 2009 when she was 16 years old. On the show, Grande played the character of Cat Valentine, and Grande would use the character as a launching pad for her singing career. When the show wasn’t filming, Grande was frequently recording songs on her own, as well as singing cover songs and getting millions of views on the internet.

Grande released her first single in in 2011 called “Put Your Hearts Up” that had success as a single, though it didn’t appear on any particular album. Grande’s star power continued to grow and Nickelodeon put her and Jennette McCurdy as the stars of their own spin-off show called “Sam & Cat” that reached nearly 40 episodes before coming to an end in the summer of 2014.

The show’s cancellation ended up being a blessing in disguise for Grande, who was able to turn her sole focus to her music career. After releasing her first album the previous year that reached the top of the Billboard charts thanks to the hit songs “The Way” and “Baby I”. The first of those two singles was a collaboration with singer Mac Miller, and the two started a relationship eventually, though they broke it off in the spring of 2018.

Grande had also been involved with rapper Big Sean, whom she dated before Miller. The couple split up in 2015 in what was a split that dominated headlines. There was a lot of drama in the past, but Grande has been able to put that behind her and focus on her musical success.

All in all, Grande has released three studio albums that have at least reached the top two on the Billboard charts, with a fourth one on the way. Her most recent release, “Dangerous Woman”, came in 2016 and included four songs that would make their way to the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Grande hasn’t been acting as much these days as music has been the primary goal for the 24 year old, though she has had performances in guest roles such as “Scream Queens” and “Hairspray Live”. She also made a cameo in the film “Zoolander 2”. Grande has a massive social media following on top of everything, with her YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages all being among the most followed by any celebrity.

Tragedy would strike in May 2017 while Grande was on her Dangerous Woman Tour in Manchester, England. Following her concert, a bomb went off in the Manchester Arena that claimed the lives of 23 people, injuring more than 500 in the process. The incident caused Grande to step away from the limelight temporarily as she gathered herself, and suspended the remainder of her tour.

It was nearly a year before Grande would give her first television interview following the attack, appearing on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. “I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of (post-traumatic stress disorder) as well,” she said. “I feel like I shouldn’t even be talking about my own experience - like I shouldn’t even say anything...It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss.”

There was some positive news for Grande, who returned to Manchester after the attack. She also said that 2018 would be the time when she releases another album called “Sweetener”. The album, as she says, is “about bringing light to a situation, or to someone’s life, or somebody else who brings like to your life, or sweetening the situation.”