10 Things You Didn't Know About Ariana Grande
After shamelessly scouring the Internet for everything Ariana Grande, we found some surprising facts about the Florida-born singer, who’s pretty much one of pop music’s most promising “it-girls.” For those of you unfamiliar with Grande, you may recognize her voice from 2013 popular track, “The Way” featuring Mac Miller. If you’re a frequenter on the Nickelodeon channel, then you probably know her from the hit show, Victorious, or her Victorious spin-off, Cat and the Hat. And now with her smash-single, “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) taking over the airwaves this summer, this 20-year-old singer is about to reach superstar status.
Her sophomore album My Everything is expected to drop any day, and if it’s anything like the first (which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart last year,) it should do extremely well, if not better. Today, she surprised fans with not one, but four brand new songs from the album. From the Cashmere Cat-produced "Be My Baby," to her latest collaboration with The Weeknd, "Love Me Harder," they paint an exciting portrait of the album we've been waiting for. Stream them on MTV.
So to get some little-known facts on the talented and surprisingly tiny Ariana Grande, click through the thumbnails above. From where she made her impressive start (hint, it wasn’t on Nickelodeon), to her extensive philanthropic work–this singer shows us that she’s definitely not your average pop star.
1. She’s Only 5 Feet Tall
That’s right, this popstar may have some powerful pipes but she’s also got a tiny stature. She’s even smaller than other powerhouse-mini vocalist, Christina Aguilera, who comes in at 5 feet 2 inches.
2. She Started Out On Broadway
The multi-talented Grande got her big break on Broadway, starring as Charlotte in the musical 13. Although she wasn’t the biggest star of this show, her next move to Nickelodeon definitely gave her more limelight. You can check out a video of a young Grande talking about her Broadway role above.
3. She’s a Nickelodeon TV Star
The hit Nickelodeon show, Victorious, ran for four seasons and Ariana Grande was one of the stars. She played Cat Valentine alongside popular teen star, Victoria Justice. After Victorious ended, Grande also got her own spin off, Sam & Cat, which premiered in June 2013.
4. She's Not the Biggest Fan of Red-Carpet Events
Even a famous popstar can have her fair share of nerves. According to Nick.com, Grande gets very anxious when hitting the red carpet, especially due to her overstepping critics. Grande has received backlash for always styling her hair in a ponytail and for wearing extensions. But as the star herself explained on Instagram, she styles her hair this way because it’s extremely damaged from constantly dying it red for her Cat Valentine role on Nickelodeon.
5. She Co-Founded a Youth Singing Group
Keeping close ties to where she grew up, Grande help to co-found a youth singing in South Florida. The group is called Kids Who Care, and through putting on performances the group raises thousands of dollars every year.
6. She Has an Amazing Vocal Range
There's a reason why people compare her to Mariah Carey, who is known to boast a five-octave vocal range. Grande’s voice isn't any less impressive. She has a four-octave, soprano range, and can hit that E7. Shivers!
7. She Has Spoken Up About Bullying
In 2012, the singer wrote a piece for The Huffington Post about her thoughts on bullying. Entitled, "Even Performers Like Me Get Bullied," the young Grande shared her advice and love, telling fans to “be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.” And even shared some of her (grandmother) Nonna’s advice, who at her age, still faces harsh criticism and explains, "'You know why? It’s 'cause I’m fabulous.'"
8. She Has One of the Best Managers In the Business
Scooter Braun has helped establish popular artists like Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Asher Roth, Cody Simpson, Psy, and The Wanted. Now he can add Ariana Grande to the list. As the superstar manager told MTV News, Braun noticed a superstar quality in Grande and “started getting blown away by what an incredible voice she had.” Plus she has “this warmth that makes you want to root for her, and that’s what you want with an artist.” Check out a video of Braun surprising Grande with the news her debut album hit #1. Skip to 7:10 for the good stuff.
9. She Has a Huge Twitter Following
This singer/songwriter should also be called a social media starlet. As of this writing, Grande boasts a whopping, 17.5 million followers on Twitter. And that number is only going to grow once My Everything drops.
10. She Did A Song With British Popstar, Mika
British singer-songwriter, Mika teamed up with the fellow pop sensation Ariana Grande for the single “Popular Song.” The Grande version of the track was produced by Jason Nevins and was based off of the song “Popular” from the musical Wicked. Check out the Wicked-themed music video, featuring both artists, above.
August 20, 2014 via Pepsi