American model, singer and actress Ariana Grande-Butera, popularly known by the first two initials of her name, Ariana Grande, has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Born to Joan Grande and Edward Butera on June 26, 1993, Ariana Grande’s name was originally inspired by the character Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat (1959). Raised by her mother after their parents split up when she was 8 0r 9, she started her musical career by singing on several sporting events, orchestras and cruise ships in South Florida.
She first appeared in the Broadway musical 13 for which she also won the National Youth Theatre Association Award before getting the role of Cat Valentine on famous TV series Victorious on Nickelodeon in 2009. She rose to prominence as a teen idol on Sam & Cat alongside iCarly actress Jennette McCurdy. She then appeared on the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011) after which she signed for the Republic Records to sing as a professional.
Ariana Grande’s first debut album Yours Truly released on August 30, 2013 took her three years for completion. Originally titled Daydreamin, it debuted on the US Billboard 200 charts at the Number #1 spot making a total of 138,000 sales in the first week to make Grande the first female artist after Kesha to have the first debut album get top on the charts.
The lead single of the album, “The Way” featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller ranked at number 10 on US Billboard Hot 100 and moved to number 9 for 9 weeks long. The teen sensation was also sued for copying the lines “What we gotta do right here is go back, back in time” by Minder Music.
Ariana Grande was also ranked number 4 in the Billboard magazine’s list of “Music’s Hottest Minors 2013“, an annual ranking of the most popular musicians under the age of 21. Her singles ‘Right There‘ and ‘Baby I ‘with Detroit rapper Big Sean weren’t much popular as its predecessors, however, they managed to chart worldwide.
Often compared to Mariah Carey for her wide vocal range, pop and R&B singer Ariana Grande believes that she has been inspired to music industry by Cuban-American star Gloria Estefan while she admits Whitney Houston as her major source of influence.
The Favorite Breakout Artist in the People’s Choice Award 2014, Ariana Grande was also invited to the White House concert – Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House, in March, 2014 while American President Barack Obama also called her up together with Big Sean at White House for the Easter Egg Roll event.
Apart from music, Grande has also been involved in philanthropy, having co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, while she was also centered on the Seventeen magazine’s publication “Delete Digital Drama” which conveyed messages about ending online bullying. She also participated at Stand Up to Cancer, a charitable television program where she performed her the title track “My Everything” in memories of her grandfather who had died from cancer.
Ariana Grande is believed to be in relationship with Big Sean after breaking up with Australian Youtube group The Janoskians member Jai Brooks.
Quick Facts about Ariana Grande
Full Name: Ariana Grande-Butera
Profession: Model, Singer, Actress
Height: 5’ 1” (1.53m)
Weight: 47 kg (104 pounds)
Ethnicity: Italian American
Date of Birth: June 26, 1993
Place of Birth: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Education: North Broward Preparatory School (left), Homeschooled
Marital status: Single (Dating Big Sean)
Ariana Grande Zodiac/astrological sign: Cancer