Born in Boca Raton, FL in 1993, she has gone from sitcom-star to bona fide pop music sensation in the span of a few years. For that reason, this week’s #FUNFACTSFRIDAY artist is all about Ariana Grande!
Ariana’s career all started in the Broadway musical “13,” which was just before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series “Victorious” in 2009. After four seasons, the show ended, but Ariana then starred on the spinoff, “Sam & Cat,” which ended in 2014. She has also appeared in other theatre, television and film roles and lent her voice to animated television and films.
Ariana eventually transitioned to her music career with the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011). She signed a recording contract with Republic Records and released her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013), which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “The Way”, became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her wide vocal range to Mariah Carey. Her second studio album, My Everything (2014), also reached number one in the U.S. It featured hit singles such as “Problem” and “Break Free”. With tracks like “Break Free,” “Problem,” “Bang Bang,” and “Love Me Harder,” Ariana was consistently in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for 34 continuous weeks. In 2015, she promoted her album My Everything in North America and Europe with a tour titled “The Honeymoon” Tour and is scheduled to appear on the upcoming Fox new comedy-horror TV series “Scream Queens.” Ariana is currently hard at work in the studio for her third album titled Moonlight.
Some of Ariana’s awards include New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Music Awards, Music Business Association’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year, “Best Pop Video” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, “Best Song” and “Best Female” at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
In such a short amount of time, Ariana Grande has taken over our generations music scene and still has so much to offer. For that reason alone, we have decided to dedicate this week’s #FUNFACTSFRIDAY to Ariana Grande. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about her:
1. Her name was inspired by Princess Oriana from “Felix the Cat.”
2. Her iconic ponytail is to hide hair loss. For her role in “Victorious,” she used to dye her hair red on almost a weekly basis. This resulted in some unexpected hair loss, “I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first four years.” Ariana also revealed that she wears extensions in a pony tail and prefers to have brown hair.
3. The Huffington Post named Ariana Grande the 3rd most influential actress online above Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston and asked her to represent the voice of her generation by becoming their featured high-school section journalist.
6. Her most watched Youtube video is her cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” with over 28,000,000 (28 million) views.
8. The first role she ever played was Annie. Right around the time she sang the national anthem, Ariana snagged her first acting gig as the redheaded orphan we all know and love. She told Complex she “never stopped” acting after that.
9. She is the first female artist to have her first two albums debut at No. 1 since 2010. Both Yours Truly (2013) and My Everything (2014) debuted at the top spot on Billboard’s 200 chart. The last person to achieve this was Susan Boyle.
10. She’s obsessed with Halloween and scary things. Despite her peppy personality, Ariana is weirdly into horror fare. “I wish every day were Halloween,” she confessed to Us Weekly. “I have had a sick obsession with horror movies since I was little. My mom thought I’d grow up to be a serial killer because I wore Halloween masks around the house.” Not surprisingly, she counts down for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights like most people do Christmas.