Ariana Grande-Butera was born on June 26, 1993, in
Boca Raton, Florida. She is the daughter of Joan Grande, the
Brooklyn-born CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, a manufacturer of communications and safety equipment owned by the Grande family since 1964, and Edward Butera, a graphic design firm owner in Boca Raton. Grande is of Italian descent and has described herself as an Italian American with Sicilian and Abruzzese roots. She has an older half-brother,
Frankie Grande, who is an entertainer and producer, Her family moved from New York to Florida before her birth, and her parents separated when she was eight or nine years old. Ariana has a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Grande.
By age 13, Grande became serious about pursuing a music career, although she still concentrated on theater. When she first arrived in
Los Angeles, California to meet with her managers, she expressed a desire to record an
R&B album: "I was like, 'I want to make an R&B album,' They were like 'Um, that's a helluva goal! Who is going to buy a 14-year-old's R&B album?!'" In 2008, Grande was cast as cheerleader Charlotte in the Broadway musical 13. When she joined the musical, Grande left North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled; the school sent her materials to study with tutors. She also sang various times at the New York City jazz club
Grande was cast in the
Nickelodeon television show Victorious along with 13 co-star
Elizabeth Gillies in 2009. In the sitcom, set at a
performing arts high school, she played the "adorably dimwitted"
Cat Valentine. She had to dye her hair red every other week for the role, which severely damaged her hair. The show premiered in March 2010 to the second-largest audience for a live-action series in Nickelodeon, with 5.7 million viewers. The role helped propel Grande to
teen idol status, but she was more interested in a music career, saying that acting is "fun, but music has always been first and foremost with me." Her character was compared to "
Brittany Murphy's performance as the hapless Tai in Clueless" and described as being "very impressionable and easily swayed" but "generally sweet".
After the first season of Victorious wrapped, Grande wanted to focus on her music career and began working on her debut album in August 2010. To strengthen her vocal range, she began working with vocal coach Eric Vetro. The second season premiered in April 2011 to 6.2 million viewers, becoming the show's highest-rated episode. In May 2011, Grande appeared in
Greyson Chance's video for the song "Unfriend You" from his album Hold On 'til the Night (2011), portraying his ex-girlfriend. She made her first musical appearance on the track "Give It Up" from the
Victorious soundtrack in August 2011. While filming Victorious, Grande made several recordings of herself singing covers of songs by
Whitney Houston and
Mariah Carey, and uploaded them to
YouTube. A friend of
Monte Lipman, chief executive officer (CEO) of
Republic Records, came across one of the videos. Impressed by her vocals, he sent the links to Lipman, who signed her to a recording contract. Grande voiced the title role in the English dub of the
Spanish-language animated film Snowflake, the White Gorilla in November 2011. From 2011 to 2013, she voiced the fairy Princess Diaspro in the
Nickelodeon revival of Winx Club.
In December 2011, Grande released her first single, "
Put Your Hearts Up", which was recorded for a potential teen-oriented pop album that was never issued. She later disowned the track for its
bubblegum pop sound, saying she had no interest in recording music of that genre. The song was later certified Gold by the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On a second soundtrack, Victorious 2.0, released on June 5, 2012, as an
extended play, she supplied vocals as part of the show's cast for the song "5 Fingaz to the Face". The third and final soundtrack, Victorious 3.0, was released on November 6, 2012, which featured a duet by Grande and
Victoria Justice titled "L.A. Boyz", with an accompanying music video being released shortly after. In December 2012, Grande collaborated on the single version of "
Popular Song", a duet with British singer and songwriter
After four seasons, Victorious was not renewed, with the finale airing in February 2013. Grande starred as
Snow White in the
pantomime-style musical theatre production A Snow White Christmas with
Charlene Tilton and
Neil Patrick Harris at the
Pasadena Playhouse. She played Amanda Benson in Swindle, a 2013 Nickelodeon film adaptation of the children's
book of the same name. Meanwhile, Nickelodeon created Sam & Cat, an iCarly and Victorious spin-off starring
Jennette McCurdy and Grande. Grande and McCurdy reprised their roles as Cat Valentine and
Sam Puckett on the buddy sitcom, which paired the characters as roommates who form an after-school babysitting business. The pilot aired on June 8, 2013, and the network immediately picked up the show. The next month, Nickelodeon doubled Sam & Cat's original 20-episode order for season one, making it a 40-episode season. Despite its success in the ratings, the series was canceled after 35 episodes. The final episode aired on July 17, 2014.
2013–2015: Yours Truly and My Everything
Grande in 2013
Grande recorded her debut studio album Yours Truly, originally titled Daydreamin', over three years. It was released on August 30, 2013, and debuted at number one on the US
Billboard 200 albums chart, with 138,000 copies sold in its first week.Yours Truly also debuted in the top ten in several other countries, including Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Its lead single, "
The Way", featuring
Mac Miller, debuted at number ten on the US
Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at number nine for two weeks. Grande was later sued by Minder Music for copying the line "What we gotta do right here is go back, back in time" from the 1972 song "
Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by
The Jimmy Castor Bunch. The album's second single, "
Baby I", was released in July. Its third single, "
Right There", featuring
Big Sean, was released in August 2013. They respectively peaked at number 21 and 84 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Grande released her second studio album My Everything on August 25, 2014, and debuted atop the Billboard 200. Its lead single "
Problem" features Australian rapper
Iggy Azalea and premiered at the
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 26, 2014. The song debuted at number three (eventually climbing to number two) on the Billboard Hot 100, and debuted at number one on the
UK Singles Chart, becoming Grande's first number one single in the United Kingdom. The album's second single, "
Break Free", featuring German musician and producer
Zedd, peaked at number four in the United States. She performed the song as the opening of the
2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and won
Best Pop Video for "Problem". Grande and
Nicki Minaj provided guest vocals on "
Bang Bang", the lead single from
Jessie J's album Sweet Talker, which peaked at number one in the UK and reached number three in the US. With the singles "Problem", "Break Free", and "Bang Bang", Grande joined
Adele as the only female artist with three top ten singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist.
Grande began recording songs for her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, originally titled Moonlight, in 2015. In October of that year, she released the single "
Focus", initially intended as the lead single from the album; the song debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The next month American singer
Who Is Fancy released the single "
Boys Like You", which features her and
Meghan Trainor. She was featured in the remix version of "
Over and Over Again", a song by English singer
Nathan Sykes' debut studio solo album Unfinished Business, which was released in January 2016. Grande made a cameo appearance in the comedy film Zoolander 2 starring
Ben Stiller and
Owen Wilson. In March 2016, Grande released "
Dangerous Woman" as the lead single from the retitled album of the same name. The single debuted at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first artist to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top ten. The same month, Grande appeared as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, where she performed "Dangerous Woman" and debuted the promotional single "
Be Alright", which charted at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Grande garnered positive reviews for her appearance on the show, including praise for her impressions of various singers, some of which she had done on The Tonight Show. Grande won an online voting poll on Entertainment Weekly as the "best host of the season". In May 2016, Grande appeared on The Voice season 10 finale, performing the second single from the album, "
Into You", which peaked at number 13 in the United States, and duetted with
Christina Aguilera on "Dangerous Woman". In March 2021, she returned to the show, to join as a coach of the twenty-first season of The Voice; Grande became the highest-paid coach in the show's history, earning a reported $25 million per season. Grande did not return for the show's twenty-second season.
Grande released Dangerous Woman on May 20, 2016, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. It also debuted at number two in Japan, and at number one in several other markets, including Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and UK. Mark Savage, writing for BBC News, called the album "a mature, confident record". At the
Summertime Ball at London's
Wembley Stadium in June, Grande performed three songs from the album as part of her set. In August, Grande released a third single from the album, "
Side to Side", featuring rapper
Nicki Minaj, her eighth top ten entry on the Hot 100, which peaked at number four on that chart.Dangerous Woman was nominated for
Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and the title track for
Best Pop Solo Performance.
Grande began working on songs for her fourth studio album, Sweetener, with
Pharrell Williams in 2016, but "the events in Manchester gave a hard reset to the project's expectations". Grande released "
No Tears Left to Cry" as the lead single from Sweetener in April 2018, with the song debuting at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, making Grande the only artist to have debuted the first single from each of her first four albums in the top ten of the Hot 100. In June 2018, she was featured in "
Bed", the second single from
Nicki Minaj's fourth studio album Queen. The same month, she was featured on
Troye Sivan's single "
Dance to This" from his sophomore album
Bloom. The second single, "
God Is a Woman", peaked at number 8 on the Hot 100 and became Grande's tenth top ten single in the US. Released in August 2018,Sweetener debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and received acclaim from critics. She simultaneously charted nine songs from the album on the Hot 100, along with a collaboration, making her the fourth female artist to reach the ten-song mark. Grande gave four concerts to promote the album, billed as
The Sweetener Sessions, in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London between August 20 and September 4, 2018. In October 2018, Grande participated in the NBC broadcast, A Very Wicked Halloween, singing "
The Wizard and I" from the musical Wicked. The following month, the BBC aired a one-hour special, Ariana Grande at the BBC, featuring interviews and performances.
Ariana Grande performs "God Is A Woman" at the 2018 Video Music Awards in New York City.
In November 2018, Grande released the single "
Thank U, Next" and announced her
fifth studio album of the same name. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's first chart topping single in the United States, spending seven non-consecutive weeks atop. Since then, it has been certified five-times platinum in the United States; the song's music video broke records for most-watched music video on YouTube within 24 hours of release and fastest Vevo video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, both of which were later surpassed by other artists. On
Spotify, it became the fastest song to reach 100 million streams (11 days) and most-streamed song by a female artist in a 24-hour period, with 9.6 million streams, before being surpassed by her own song "
7 Rings" (nearly 15 million streams). Later the same month, Grande released, in collaboration with
YouTube, a four-part docuseries titled Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries. It shows behind the scenes and concert footage from Grande's
Dangerous Woman Tour, including moments from the
One Love Manchester concert, and follows her professional life during the tour and the making of Sweetener. The series debuted on November 29, 2018. By the end of the year, she became the most streamed female artist on Spotify, and was named
Billboard's Woman of the Year. In January 2019, it was announced that Grande would be headlining the
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where she became the youngest and only the fourth female artist ever to headline the festival. It took place April 12–14 and April 19–21. Grande brought a number of guest artists to perform with her, including
Nicki Minaj and
Justin Bieber. Her set has received critical acclaim.
Grande's second single from Thank U, Next, "
7 Rings", was released on January 18, 2019, and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of February 2, becoming her second single in a row (and overall) to top the charts. It made Grande the third female artist with multiple number-one debuts after Mariah Carey (3) and
Britney Spears (2) and fifth artist overall after
Justin Bieber and
Drake. The song broke several streaming and recording industry records. Spending eight non-consecutive weeks at number one, it became Grande's most successful song on the chart and one of the
best selling singles worldwide. Thank U, Next was released on February 8, 2019, and debuted at number one on the
Billboard 200 while receiving acclaim from critics. It broke the records for the largest streaming week for a pop album and for a female album in the United States with 307 million on-demand streams.
Grande became the first solo artist to occupy the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 with "7 Rings" at number one, her third single "
Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuting at number two, and her lead single "Thank U, Next" rose to number three, and the overall second artist to do so since
the Beatles did in 1964 when they occupied the top five spots. In the United Kingdom, Grande became the second female solo artist to simultaneously hold the number one and two spots and the first musical artist to replace herself at number one, twice consecutively. In February 2019, it was reported Grande wouldn't attend the
Grammy Awards after she had a disagreement with producers over a potential performance at the ceremony. Grande ended up earning her first
Best Pop Vocal Album, for Sweetener. The same month, Grande won a
Brit Award for
International Female Solo Artist. She also embarked on her third headlining tour, the
Sweetener World Tour, to promote both Sweetener and Thank U, Next, which began on March 18, 2019. Grande was nominated for 9 awards at the
2019 Billboard Music Awards, including
Top Artist. She would win two awards for
Billboard Chart Achievement and
Top Female Artist on May 1, 2019. Grande performed at the event via a pre-recorded performance from her Sweetener World Tour.
In January 2020, Grande received multiple nominations at the 2020
iHeartRadio Music Awards, including
Female Artist of the Year. The following month, she made a guest appearance in the second season of the American television series Kidding, which stars
Jim Carrey. On March 27, 2020, she appeared on
Childish Gambino's fourth studio album
3.15.20 on the track "
Time". Grande and Justin Bieber released a collaboration song titled "
Stuck with U" on May 8, 2020; net proceeds from the sales of the song were donated to the First Responders Children's Foundation in light of the
COVID-19 pandemic. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's third chart-topping single. Alongside Bieber, both artists tied Mariah Carey and
Drake for the most songs to debut at number one on the Hot 100; Grande is the first artist to have her first three number ones debut at the top, following "Thank U, Next" and "7 Rings". Grande also released a collaboration with
Lady Gaga, "
Rain on Me", as the second single from Gaga's sixth studio album Chromatica. The song also debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's fourth number-one single and helping Grande break the record for the most number-one debuts on that chart. The song won the
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category at the
63rd Annual Grammy Awards. In 2020, Grande became the highest-earning woman in music on Forbes's 2020
Celebrity 100 list, placing 17th overall with $72 million. At the
2020 MTV Video Music Awards, she was nominated for nine awards for both "Stuck with U" (with Bieber) and "Rain on Me" (with Gaga). For the latter, Grande received her third consecutive nomination for
Video of the Year. She won four awards, including
Song of the Year for "Rain on Me".
Grande's sixth studio album, Positions, was released on October 30, 2020. It debuted at number one on the Billboard200, becoming Grande's fifth number-one album. The
eponymous lead single was released on October 23. It debuted at number one on the BillboardHot 100, becoming Grande's fifth chart-topping single and breaking numerous records. Grande became the first artist to have five number-one debuts on the Hot 100 and the first to have their first five number ones debut at the top. "Positions" became her third number-one single in 2020 following "Stuck with U" and "Rain on Me", making Grande the first artist since Drake to have three number-one singles in a single calendar year and the first female artist to do so since
Katy Perry in 2010. Alongside the release of Positions, the song from the album "
34+35" served as the second single off the album. The song debuted at number 8, becoming Grande's 18th top ten single. Grande released a "34+35" remix featuring American rappers
Doja Cat and
Megan Thee Stallion on January 15, 2021. The remix helped the song reach a new peak at number two, the highest-charting song credited to three or more female soloists on the Hot 100 since
Lil' Kim's "Lady Marmalade" in 2001. The remix was one of five additional tracks included on the deluxe edition of Positions, released on February 19, 2021. In March, the song "
POV" was sent to radio as the album's third single. The song reached number 27 on the Hot 100 and would reach the top ten on mainstream radio, making Grande the first artist to have three concurrent songs in the top ten for
Pop Airplay. Grande was named the most-played artist on
iHeartRadio's stations in 2021, reaching 2.6 billion in audience.
In April, Grande was featured on a remix of
the Weeknd's "
Save Your Tears". The remix reached number one on the BillboardHot 100, becoming both artists' sixth number one single. She joined
Paul McCartney as the only artist to earn three number-one duets on the Hot 100. The remix also became, with 69 weeks, one of the songs
with the most total weeks on the chart. Grande and the Weeknd performed "Save Your Tears" together at the
2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. In June, Grande featured on the song "I Don't Do Drugs" from Doja Cat's third studio album Planet Her. Her contribution as a songwriter and featured artist on the song earned Grande a nomination for
Album of the Year at the
64th Annual Grammy Awards. Later that month, she debuted seven live performances on Vevo. Grande performed virtually as the headline act of the "Rift Tour" on the video game Fortnite from August 6 to 8, 2021. Forbes estimated that Grande would earn over $20 million from merchandise sales alone. The concert attracted 78 million players, beating
Travis Scott's record of 11.7 million views for his own concert, and helped fuel a spike in streams for the songs included in her set.
In November 2021, it was announced that Grande would play Glinda for the upcoming two-part film adaptation of the musical Wicked, directed by
Jon M. Chu and starring alongside
Cynthia Erivo, who will play Elphaba. The first part, Wicked: Part One, is slated to be released on
Christmas Day 2024.
Musical style and genres
Grande's music is generally
R&B with elements of
hip hop, and
trap, 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, thanks to her work with
record producerTommy Brown. She has collaborated with Brown on every album thus far 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." Grande learned how to
sound engineer and produce her own vocals because she "love[s] being hands on" with every project, revealing that
Mac Miller taught her how to use the
digital audio workstationPro Tools. Collaborator
Justin Tranter remarked that he felt inspired seeing how involved Grande is in creating her music "from the writing to the vision to the storytelling and to even engineering and comping her own vocals." She has co-written songs addressing a wide variety of themes, such as love, sex, wealth, breakups, independence, empowerment, self-love and moving on from the past.
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. Her follow-up record, My Everything, was described as an evolution to a new sound exploring EDM and
electropop genres. Grande expanded the pop and R&B sound on her third album, Dangerous Woman, which was praised by the Los Angeles Times for integrating elements of different styles, including
reggae-pop ("Side to Side"), dance-pop ("Be Alright"), and
guitar-trap fusion ("Sometimes"). Trap-pop is more heavily featured on her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next. On Sweetener, Elias Leight of Rolling Stone opines that Grande "set her sights on conquering trap, savage basslines and jittery swarms of drum programming" and "embraces the sound of hard-bitten Southern hip-hop", exploring
funk music with themes of love and prosperity. Craig Jenkins of Vulture noted that Grande changed her musical style to trap and hip hop with undertones of R&B on Thank U, Next, with lyrics about breakups, empowerment, and self-love. Her sixth album, Positions, further explores the R&B and trap-pop sound of Sweetener and Thank U, Next, with lyrics discussing sex and romance.
Grande grew up listening mainly to
urban pop and
1990s music. 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.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." Alongside Carey and Houston, Grande's other key influences include
Beyoncé,Celine Dion and
Madonna. 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. 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".
Imogen Heap's "intricate" song structure. She has named
Judy Garland as a childhood influence, admiring her ability to tell "a story when she sings"; 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." Music producer and Grande collaborator
Savan Kotecha has stated in multiple interviews that he and Grande were influenced by
Lauryn Hill, when creating her fourth album
Sweetener, as well as the song "
No Tears Left to Cry". Kotecha told
Variety "we were listening to Lauryn Hill about chord changes and why we stick to four chords all the time".
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." 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." 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."
Grande is a light lyric
soprano, possessing a four-octave
vocal range and a
whistle register. With the release of Yours Truly, critics compared Grande to Mariah Carey because of her wide vocal range, sound, and musical material. 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." 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." Steven J. Horowitz of Billboard wrote in 2014, "With her sophomore album, the 'Problem' singer no longer resembles [Carey]—and that's okay."
Mark Savage of BBC News commented, "Grande is one of pop's most intriguing and gifted singers. A magnetic performer with unrivalled vocal control". In The New York Times,
Jon 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." 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."
Grande during an interview in 2016, wearing her signature high-
Audrey Hepburn as a major style influence in her early years of fame, but began to find emulating Hepburn's style "a little boring" as her career progressed. She also drew inspiration from actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, such as
Nancy Sinatra and
Marilyn Monroe. Grande's modest look early in her career was described as "age appropriate" in comparison to contemporary artists who grew up in the public eye. Jim Farber of the New York Daily News wrote in 2014 that Grande received less attention "for how little she wears or how graphically she moves than for how she sings." That year, she abandoned her earlier style and began wearing short skirts and
crop tops with
knee-high boots in live performances and red carpet events. She also began regularly wearing cat and bunny ears. In recent years, she began wearing oversized jackets and hoodies. Grande's style is often imitated by social media influencers and celebrities. After years of dyeing her hair red for the role of Cat Valentine, Grande wore extensions as her hair recovered from the damage. Anne T. Donahue of
MTV News noted that her "iconic" high ponytail has received more attention than her fashion choices.
Although Grande drew criticism for alleged impolite interactions with reporters and fans in 2014, she dismissed the reports as "weird, inaccurate depictions".Rolling Stone wrote: "Some may cry 'diva', but it's also Grande just taking a stand to not allow others to control her image." In July 2015, Grande sparked controversy after being seen on surveillance video in a doughnut shop licking doughnuts that were on display and saying "I hate Americans. I hate America. This is disgusting", referring to a tray of doughnuts. She subsequently apologized, saying that she is "EXTREMELY proud to be an American" and that her comments rather referred to obesity in the United States. She later released a video apology for "behaving poorly". The incident was parodied by The Muppets and featured in Miley Cyrus's Saturday Night Live cover of "
My Way", about the regrets of the summer of 2015. Grande herself poked fun at the incident while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2016, saying, "A lot of kid stars end up doing drugs, or in jail, or pregnant, or get caught licking a doughnut they didn't pay for." In 2020, she said that she stopped doing interviews for a while out of fear that her words would be misconstrued and she would be labeled a "diva".
In 2016 and 2019, Grande was named one of Time's
100 most influential people in the world. In 2017, Celia Almeida of the Miami New Times wrote that of all the biggest pop stars of the past 20 years, Grande made the most convincing transition "from ingénue to an independent female artist." In 2018, music magazine
Hits labeled her "pop diva supreme" and "reigning pop diva of the times", and Bloomberg named her the "first pop diva of the streaming generation" in 2020.
Grande was also included in Pitchfork's list of "The 200 Most Important Artists of Pitchfork's First 25 Years" for "emerging with music that pushed her artistry further as it asserted a magical trifecta of hope, joy, and a powerhouse voice". Her song "Thank U, Next" was in Rolling Stone's 2021 revision of their
500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2023, the magazine included Grande among the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Having amassed 98 billion streams thus far, Grande is the most
streamed female artist as of 2021 and one of the most streamed artists of all time; she is the most streamed female artist on
Spotify for the 2010s decade and
Apple Music. Grande is with over 30 billion streams among the top ten of the most streamed artists, being only one of two female artists on the ranking. She became the most streamed female artist on Spotify, surpassing
Rihanna, and held the record for over two years, after being overtaken herself. Her songs and albums are
some of the most streamed of all time. Grande became the first woman with one and two billion streams with one album, 3.5 billion streams on three separate albums, the first artist to have five albums with four billion streams, and the first female artist who surpassed one billion streams with nine songs each. As of 2023, she's also the most followed female artist on Spotify.
Grande has broken numerous
Hot 100 records. Seven singles by Grande have topped the US Billboard Hot 100, her most recent being "
Die for You". Grande has a total of fourteen top ten debuts thus far, beginning with her first single "
The Way"; the lead single from each of her first five studio albums have debuted in the top ten, making her the only artist to achieve this. In 2020, she became the first act to have her first five number one singles, "
Thank U, Next", "
7 Rings", "
Stuck With U", "
Rain on Me", and "
Positions" debut at number one; that year, Grande also broke the record for the most number one debuts and became the first female artist topping
Global 200, Global 200 Excl. US and Hot 100 simultaneously. Grande would also become the first artist to have three singles debut at number one on a single calendar year. She later broke the record for most simultaneously charting songs on the top 40 of the Hot 100 for a female artist with the release of her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, when eleven of the twelve tracks charted within the region (later surpassed by
Billie Eilish). The three singles from Thank U, Next, "7 Rings", "
Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored", and "Thank U, Next" charted at numbers one, two, and three respectively on the week of February 23, 2019, making Grande the first solo artist to occupy the top three spots of the Billboard Hot 100 and the first artist to do so since
the Beatles in 1964. With her album Thank U, Next, Grande set the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album and for a female artist, with 307 million on-demand audio streams. With "Die for You" with
The Weeknd reaching number one, Grande surpassed
Paul McCartney as the artist with the most number-one duets in Hot 100 history, with four songs. As of March 2023, Grande has 73 entries on the Hot 100, tying
Aretha Franklin as the fourth female artist with the most number of 100 entries. She was also named the Billboard Year-End Top Female Artist for 2017 and 2019 and was named the sixth top female artist (twelfth overall) on the magazine's Decade-End Top Artists Chart for the 2010s. The magazine also ranked her 78th on the Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists Charts, respectively.
As of 2023, Grande has broken thirty-three
Guinness World Records. These records included the most songs to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, most followers on Spotify (female), most monthly listeners on Spotify (female), most streamed act on Spotify (female), most streamed track in one week by a female artist on the Billboard charts, fastest hat-trick of UK No. 1 singles by a female artist, first female artist to replace herself at No. 1 on UK singles chart, first solo artist to replace themselves at No. 1 on UK singles chart for two consecutive weeks, most subscribers for a musician on YouTube (female), most streamed album by a female artist in one week (UK), among others. Eleven records were achieved from the success of her album Thank U, Next which was featured in the 2020 Edition.
Philanthropy and activism
At age ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed at charitable fund-raisers and raised over $500,000 in 2007 alone. In 2009, as a member of the charitable organization Broadway in South Africa, she and her brother Frankie performed and taught music and dance to children in
Gugulethu, South Africa.
She was featured with
Bridgit Mendler and
Kat Graham in Seventeen magazine in a 2013 public campaign to end
online bullying called "Delete Digital Drama". After watching the film Blackfish that year, she urged fans to stop supporting
SeaWorld. In September 2014, Grande participated at the charitable
Stand Up to Cancer television program, performing her song "My Everything" in memory of her grandfather, who had died of cancer that July. Grande has adopted several rescue dogs as pets and has promoted pet adoption at her concerts. In 2016, she launched a line of lip shades, "Ariana Grande's MAC Viva Glam", with MAC Cosmetics, the profits of which benefited people affected by HIV and AIDS.
In 2015, Grande and
Miley Cyrus performed a cover of
Crowded House's "
Don't Dream It's Over" as part of Cyrus' "
Backyard Sessions" to benefit her
Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps homeless and LGBT youths. Later that year, Grande headlined the Dance On the Pier event, part of the
LGBT Pride Week in New York City. As a feminist, Grande wrote a well-received, "empowering" essay on Twitter decrying the double standard and misogyny in the focus of the press on female musicians' relationships and sex lives instead of "their value as an individual". She noted that she has "more to talk about" concerning her music and accomplishments rather than her romantic relationships. In 2016, E! writer Kendall Fisher called her "a feminist hero". That year, Grande joined
Madonna to raise funds for orphaned children in
Malawi; she and
Victoria Monét recorded "Better Days" in support of the
Black Lives Matter movement. To aid the victims of the
Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, Grande organized the
One Love Manchester concert and re-released "One Last Time" and her live performance of "
Over the Rainbow" at the event as charity singles. The total amount raised was reportedly $23 million (more than £17 million), and she received praise for her "grace and strength" in leading the benefit concert. Madeline Roth of MTV wrote that the performance "bolstered courage among an audience that desperately needed it. ... Returning to the stage was a true act of bravery and resilience". In 2017, New York magazine's Vulture section ranked the event as the No. 1 concert of the year, and Billboard's Mitchell Harrison called Grande a "gay icon" for her LGBT-friendly lyrics and performances and "support for the LGBTQ community".
In September 2017, Grande performed in A Concert for Charlottesville which benefitted the victims of the
August 2017 white nationalist rally in
Charlottesville, Virginia. In March 2018, she participated in
March for Our Lives to support gun control reform. Grande donated the proceeds from the first show in Atlanta on her
Sweetener World Tour to Planned Parenthood in a response to the passage of a number of anti-abortion laws in several states including
Georgia. During the
COVID-19 pandemic, Grande donated between $500 and $1,000 each to a number of fans as financial support. Grande also supported a
COVID-19 fund named Project 100, which aimed to provide $1,000 digital payments to 100,000 families who have been greatly impacted by the pandemic. In May 2020, Grande announced that all net proceeds from her collaboration with singer
Justin Bieber, "Stuck With U", would be donated to the First Responders Children's Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for children of frontline workers who are working during the
global pandemic. That month, Grande joined a Los Angeles protest against the
murder of George Floyd, demanding justice and asking fans to sign petitions condemning the act of police brutality. She highlighted white privilege and called for more activism outside social media. The following month, she praised a Black-owned coffee shop on Instagram, and encouraged her LA-based followers to support the business. This came shortly after Grande unfollowed Starbucks on social media, a company that she previously praised and collaborated with. She apparently withdrew her support after the company's ban of Black Lives Matter apparel, which has since been lifted. In December 2020, Grande, and Scott and Brian Nicholson, her choreographers and friends, launched "Orange Twins Rescue", an animal rescue center based in Los Angeles. In recent years, Grande surprised kids, who spend the holiday at children's hospitals in L.A. and the UK, with gifts from wish lists at the
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and the
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, among others. Manchester Foundation Trust Charity revealed that Grande had gifted nearly 1,000 presents to patients across the hospital network's children's wards and newborn intensive care units in 2021.
A bus adverting for Grande's
Viva Glam campaign in 2015.
In October 2014, Grande joined the bottled water brand WAT-AAH! as an equity holder and partner. In November 2015, she released a limited edition handbag in collaboration with
Coach. In January 2016, she launched a makeup collection with
MAC Cosmetics, donating 100% of proceeds to the
MAC AIDS Fund. In February 2016, Grande launched a fashion line with Lipsy London. Later that year, she teamed up with
Brookstone, using the concept art of artist Wenqing Yan, to design cat ear headphones. In 2017, Grande collaborated with
Square Enix to create a character based on herself for the
mobile gameFinal Fantasy Brave Exvius. Grande was a limited-time unlockable character as part of the
Dangerous Woman Tour event, which also included an orchestral remix of Grande's song "Touch It"; the character, Dangerous Ariana, is a magical support character who uses music-based attacks. In September 2017, she became a brand ambassador for
Reebok. In August 2018, she partnered with
American Express for
The Sweetener Sessions, a partnership which continued through the
Sweetener World Tour in 2019, alongside
T-Mobile. In March 2019, she partnered with
Starbucks for the launch of the Cloud Macchiato beverage. In May 2019, Grande was announced as the face of
Givenchy's Fall-Winter campaign. The campaign began in July and generated $25.13 million in
media impact value.Beats,
Fiat, Reebok, and
Guess products have been
featured in Grande's music videos. She has appeared in commercials for
Macy's, T-Mobile, and
Apple, as well as for her own fragrances. Since 2019, Grande was among the ten of the highest paid individuals on Instagram. In 2023, Grande earns $1.6 million per sponsored Instagram post.
Grande has released thirteen fragrances with Luxe Brands. She launched her debut fragrance, Ari by Ariana Grande, in 2015. In the wake of its success, she launched her third fragrance, Sweet Like Candy, in 2016. Her fifth fragrance, Moonlight, was released in 2017, followed by Cloud (2018), Thank U, Next (2019), R.E.M. (2020), and God Is A Woman (2021), which was later expanded to a body care line. She then released the duo fragrance collection Mod Vanilla and Mod Blush (2022). The line also includes the limited editions Frankie (2016), Sweet Like Candy Limited Edition (2017), Thank U, Next 2.0, and Cloud Intense (both 2021). The fragrances won the
FiFi Award multiple times, most recently with R.E.M. in 2021. In 2022, it was reported that Cloud was the best-selling fragrance at
Ulta, selling one bottle every eleven minutes. Grande's fragrance line is the most-searched celebrity offering, with 4.4 million searches across Google and social media platforms per year. Since its launch in 2015, the franchise has made $1 billion in retail sales globally.
In November 2021, Grande launched her makeup line R.E.M. Beauty, which is distributed at Ulta Beauty as of March 2022. The Chapter One: Ultraviolet line featured 12 core products, including a range of individual shades, for both lips and eyes. In March 2022, Grande released the brand's Chapter Two: Goodnight and Go line. In addition to a selection of new skincare products—an under-eye balm, lash and brow serum, and face mist—the collection also contained makeup staples such as versatile cheek and lipstick and additional sets of eyelash extensions. She then released Chapter 3: On Your Collar, which included various lip products, and Chapter 4: Out Of Body, which included a concealer available in 60 different shades.Forbes reported in 2022 that R.E.M. Beauty was one of the brands boosting Ulta's driving gross margin due to strong consumer demand. In May, the line won "Best New Brand" at the
Allure Best of Beauty Awards. In February 2023, it was announced, that the brand will be launching in 81
Sephora stores and 13 online sites, including across Europe.
In January 2023, Forbes announced, that Grande is set to acquire the physical assets for the brand, for an estimated $15 million from Forma Brands—the parent company of
Morphe Cosmetics—after the company filed for bankruptcy earlier that month, ending their licensing agreement.
Health and diet
Grande has said she struggled with
hypoglycemia, which she attributed to poor dietary habits. She has been a
vegan since 2013. Fans questioned in 2019 whether she was still a vegan after working with
Starbucks to create a special edition of one of her favorite drinks which was revealed to contain eggs. Her nutritionist, Harley Pasternak, told the magazine
Glamour that Grande is vegan but that he has got her to "feel OK about indulging and celebrating sometimes".
Grande owned a $16 million penthouse in Lower Manhattan.
She also purchased a mansion in Hollywood Hills for $13.7 million in June 2020. In September 2022, Grande put her
Montecito, California house, which had a break-in three months before, up for sale. The mansion was reported to have sold for $9.1 million.
Forbes began reporting on Grande's earnings in 2019.
After recording "
The Way" with
Mac Miller in 2012, the two began dating in 2016. They collaborated on the single "
My Favorite Part", released in September 2016 on Miller's album The Divine Feminine (2016). Their relationship ended by May 2018. That September, Miller died from an accidental drug overdose; Grande expressed grief over his death on social media and called him her "dearest friend".
In May 2018, Grande began dating actor and comedian
Pete Davidson, and they became engaged the next month. They called off their engagement and ended the relationship in October 2018.
Grande began dating real estate agent Dalton Gomez in January 2020. Their relationship, while mostly private, was made public in the music video of her and
Justin Bieber's charity single "
Stuck With U". Grande announced their engagement on December 20, 2020, after 11 months of dating. On May 15, 2021, they married in a private ceremony at her home in Montecito, California, where she wore a custom
Vera Wang dress. Her wedding pictures became among
the most-liked Instagram posts, with over 25 million likes.
^Grande pronounces her surname with the final syllable like "day"; she explained in a radio interview on
Beats One that the pronunciation with the final syllable like "dee" was used by her grandfather.
^Mueller, Marissa G. (June 7, 2019).
"Ariana Grande Wore Her Hair Down Again, and Fans Still Can't Handle It". Allure. Since people give me such a hard time about my hair I thought I'd take the time to explain the whole situation to everybody," she wrote on Facebook. "I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first 4 years of playing Cat... as one would assume, that completely destroyed my hair.