Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Florida to a family of Italian origin, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2010, which aired for four seasons until 2013. That same year, she reprised her role in the spinoff Sam & Cat, however with Grande’s rising music career, the series was canceled after one season in 2014.
Grande made her first musical appearance in the 2011 soundtrack Music from Victorious. After CEO of Republic Records, Monte Lipman, came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs, he signed her to a recording contract in 2011 and subsequently released her debut album, Yours Truly (2013), which debuted at number-one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Her second studio album, My Everything (2014), also debuted at number-one in the United States and featured four top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, the most by any artist in 2014; "Problem", "Break Free", "Bang Bang", and "Love Me Harder". Dangerous Woman (2016), her third studio album, became her first number-one album in the United Kingdom and produced the hit single "Side to Side". Her fourth studio album, Sweetener (2018), became her third number-one in the US and yielded the successful single "No Tears Left to Cry". Her upcoming fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, is scheduled to be released in February 2019. The title track was released as the lead single and debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, while the second single, "7 Rings", broke several streaming records. Grande is the first artist in the history of the chart to have the lead singles from each of their first five studio albums debut within the top-ten on the US charts.
Critics have compared Grande's wide vocal range to that of Mariah Carey. Her accolades include three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards and six Grammy Award nominations. She has supported a range of charities and has a large following on social media. In 2016, Time named Grande one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual list. In 2018, Billboard named her Woman of the Year.