Happy 25th Birthday, Ariana Grande!
Aww, who is this cute little baby girl? Well, that is singer and actress Ariana Grande when she was a baby. Actually 25 years ago, Ariana Grande-Butera was born on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida. She started her career as a actress in the Broadway musical 13 in 2008 when she was 15 years old. She played the role of Charlotte, one of the cheerleaders in the musical. She also won a National Youth Theatre Association Award for her role.
In 2010, Grande got the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious starring Victoria Justice. She played that role from 2010 until 2013 when the show ended after just three seasons. She went on to reprised her role as Cat on the Nickelodeon spinoff show called Sam & Cat along with Jennette McCurdy from iCarly in that same year. The show ended after one season in 2014.
On December 12, 2011, Grande released on her lead single titled Put Your Hearts Up. This was the first song that I had ever listened to by Ariana Grande. I didn't know that she could sing until I listened to this song from beginning to end.
You can also watch the music video for Put Your Hearts Up below:
And then, I watched her sing an acapella cover of Rolling In The Deep by Adele on her YouTube channel titled osnapitzari, which is now Ariana Grande'.
Sadly, she has deleted the video from her channel, but you can still watch this same video for another person's YouTube channel. You can either watch this video here or go to YouTube and type in "Ariana Grande Rolling In The Deep" and you should see this video that I posted above. This was considered as her most viewed video to date with 40 million views and counting before she deleted it.
But, on March 25, 2013, Ariana released her debut lead single called The Way featuring Mac Miller.
She scrapped the original lead single Put Your Hearts Up because she felt like it was "too kiddie" for me and that she grew up listening to 90s music. So, The Way, to me, is more less a "proper lead single" for Miss Ariana Grande. Music critics started to compare the singer to Mariah Carey because her vocals almost sounds just like her. But, I don't want to compare to Mariah Carey because this is Ariana Grande. This girl can sang! That's right. I said it, "SANG!"
From there on, she went to release more songs like Baby I and Right There featuring Big Sean.
Ariana finally dropped her debut studio album Yours Truly on September 3, 2013. The album went straight to number one on the Billboard 200 charts. It also reached number one on the ITunes Store charts in just nineteen minutes in over fifty countries worldwide.
After the success of Yours Truly, she went on to make more studio albums like My Everything (2014),
Dangerous Woman (2016),
and her upcoming fourth studio album Sweetener (2018).
I can honestly say that I'm proud to be a fan of Ariana Grande for 6 years. I have listened to all of her songs and albums, went to go see her on the Honeymoon Tour for the first time in 2015 and watched her grow up from a 19 year old girl to a 25 year old woman. Ariana Grande is my idol. She is one of my favorite singers. Whether she has red or brunette hair, Ariana has proved to the world that she can make a name for herself on her own. She can be an actress or a singer, but to me, she is still and always will be Ariana Grande. So, Happy Birthday, Ariana Grande.
Thank you so much for your music, inspiration and everything that you have done for your fans including me. Also, Ariana has created a fundraiser for Human Rights Campaign on her Facebook page. The Human Rights Campaign is fighting to make sure that LGBTQ community is treated equally everywhere. Please consider making a donation to her fundraiser today in honor of her birthday. Ariana is a role model for the LGBTQ community with her music videos and songs like Break Free and Everyday paying tribute to LGBT. Here is the link to her Facebook:
All you do is just scroll it down and you should see "Ariana Grande Human Rights Campaign" after that. One more thing. Ariana shared a snippet of Raindrops from her Sweetener album on Instagram. Here is the link for you to go and listen to the snippet:
Don't forget to pre-order Sweetener on Apple Music. Here is the link for it: