Ariana Grande - Biography

Ariana Grande-Butera is an actress and singer from the United States. Two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 27 Guinness World Records have been bestowed to her throughout her career.

Grande, who was born in Boca Raton, Florida, started her singing career at the age of 15 in the Broadway musical 13 in 2008. She came to prominence in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–2013) and Sam & Cat (2013–2014) as Cat Valentine. After label executives found YouTube recordings of her covering songs, she signed with Republic Records in 2011. Her first album, Yours Truly (2013), included 1950s doo-wop-influenced pop and R&B, and its lead song, 'The Way,' reached the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100. On the record, Grande's broad vocal range and whistling level attracted instant parallels to Mariah Carey's.

Grande's second and third studio albums, My Everything (2014) and Dangerous Woman (2015), continued to explore pop and R&B. (2016).

With the songs 'Problem,' 'Break Free,' and 'Bang Bang,' the former experimented with EDM and gained worldwide popularity; the latter became the first of four consecutive number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart. Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019), her trap-infused fourth and fifth studio albums, were both critical and financial triumphs, and were inspired by her personal difficulties. Thank U, Next set the record for the biggest streaming week for a pop album and was nominated for Album of the Year. Sweetener won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, and Thank U, Next was nominated for Album of the Year. Grande became the first solo artist to hold the top three positions on the Hot 100 at the same time, as well as the first woman to succeed herself at the top of the UK Songs Chart, with the singles 'Thank U, Next,' '7 Rings, and 'Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored.' Her duets with Justin Bieber on 'Stuck with U' and Lady Gaga on 'Rain on Me' helped her break the record for most number-one debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2020, with the latter earning the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Positions (2020), Grande's R&B-focused sixth studio album, and its title single both debuted at number one in the UK and the US. Grande's sixth US number-one song came in 2021, when she appeared in a remix of The Weeknd's 'Save Your Tears.

Grande's studio albums have all been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America, and she has sold over 85 million copies in the United States. She is the only artist with five number one debuts, their first five number one singles debuting at the top position, three number one debuts in one calendar year, and the lead singles from each of her studio albums debuting in the top ten on the Hot 100. Grande is the most streamed female musician of all time, with 90 billion streams to her credit. She is also the most played female artist on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as the most followed and subscribed female artist on Spotify and YouTube. She was awarded Woman of the Year (2018), the best pop star of 2019, and the most successful female artist to debut in the 2010s by Billboard. She was also selected to Time's annual list of the 100 most important people in the world (2016 and 2019) and the Forbes Celebrity 100 (2019–2020). Apart from music, Grande is a strong supporter of gender, racial, and LGBT equality, and she has been the most followed artist on Instagram since 2019.

Family

Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida, on June 26, 1993. Joan Grande, the CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, a producer of communications and safety equipment, and Edward Butera, the owner of a graphic design company in Boca Raton, are her parents. Grande is of Italian ancestry, describing herself as an Italian American with Sicilian and Abruzzese ancestors. Frankie Grande, her elder half-brother and a performer and producer, is her older half-brother, and she has a strong connection with her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Grande. Her parents divorced when she was eight or nine years old, and her family relocated from New York to Florida before she was born. Grande began her career as a child performer with the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater, where she had her first part as Annie, the main character in their adaptation of the musical. She also appeared in The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast, two of their musicals. She had her first national television appearance singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' for the Florida Panthers at the age of eight, and she has sung with different orchestras including the South Florida Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops, and Symphonic Orchestras. She went to Pine Crest School and then North Broward Preparatory at this period.

Grande admitted to having hypoglycemia, which she blamed on bad eating habits. She has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety as a result of the Manchester Arena bombing; she almost missed her performance in the 2018 programme A Very Wicked Halloween due to nervousness. Grande also said that she had been in therapy for almost a decade, beginning with a visit to a mental health expert soon after her parents' divorce.

Grande was raised Roman Catholic but left the church during Benedict XVI's papacy, expressing disagreement to the church's stance on homosexuality and noting that her half-brother Frankie is gay. She and Frankie have followed Kabbalah teachings since they were twelve years old, thinking that 'the foundation rests in the notion that if you're nice to others, wonderful things will come to you.' Several of her songs, like 'Break Your Heart Right Back,' advocate for LGBT rights. She has also been dubbed a 'promoter of a sex-positive mindset.' Grande supported Senator Bernie Sanders' second presidential campaign in November 2019.

Grande met actor Graham Phillips while working on the Broadway production of 13 in 2008 and dated him until 2011. She dated rapper Big Sean from October 2014 until April 2015.

Grande started dating actor and comedian Pete Davidson in May 2018, and the couple became engaged the following month. In October 2018, they called off their engagement and terminated their romance. In January 2020, Grande started dating real estate agent Dalton Gomez. While their relationship was largely kept secret, it was made public via the music video for her and Justin Bieber's charity song 'Stuck With U.' After eleven months of dating, Grande announced their engagement on December 20, 2020. The pair married in a secret ceremony at her house in Montecito, California, on May 15, 2021. Her wedding photos were the most-liked celebrity Instagram post, with almost 25 million likes.

Ariana with her parents
Career 2008-2012

Grande began serious about pursuing a music career at the age of 13, but she continued to focus on theatre. She stated a desire to create an R&B album when she initially arrived in Los Angeles, California to meet with her managers: 'I want to make an R&B album,' I said, and they said, 'Um, that's a helluva ambition!' Who's going to purchase an R&B record by a 14-year-old?!'' Grande made her Broadway debut in the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13 in 2008. Grande left North Broward Preparatory School to join the show, but she remained enrolled; the school provided her textbooks so she could study with tutors. She has performed at the Birdland jazz club in New York City on many occasions. In 2009, Grande and 13 co-star Elizabeth Gillies were cast in the Nickelodeon television programme Victorious. She portrayed the 'adorably dimwitted' Cat Valentine in the comedy set in a performing arts high school. For the part, she had to colour her hair red every other week, which badly damaged it. With 5.7 million viewers, the programme debuted in March 2010 to the second-largest viewership for a live-action series on Nickelodeon. Although the part helped Grande achieve teen idol status, she preferred to pursue a music career, saying that 'acting is great, but music has always been first and foremost for me.' Her role was characterised as 'extremely impressionable and easily persuaded' yet 'usually nice,' and was likened to 'Brittany Murphy's portrayal as the clueless Tai in Clueless.' Desmond Child, an American composer, wrote and produced the musical Cuba Libre, in which she portrayed Miriam. Grande decided to concentrate on her music career after the first season of Victorious ended, and she started working on her first album in August 2010.

In December 2011, Grande released her debut song, 'Put Your Hearts Up,' which was recorded for a possible teen-oriented pop album that was never published. She subsequently disowned the song because of its bubblegum pop feel, claiming she didn't want to create songs in that genre. The Recording Industry Association of America subsequently certified the song as Gold (RIAA). She sang vocals as part of the show's cast for the song '5 Fingaz to the Face' on a second soundtrack, Victorious 2.0, which was released as an extended play on June 5, 2012. On November 6, 2012, the third and final soundtrack, Victorious 3.0, was released, with Grande duetting with Victoria Justice in the song 'L.A. Boyz.' The song was then accompanied by a music video. Grande participated on the single version of 'Popular Song,' a duet with British singer and songwriter Mika, in December 2012. Victorious was not renewed after four seasons, with the last episode airing in February 2013. She also appeared as Snow White in A Snow White Christmas, a pantomime-style musical theatre performance at the Pasadena Playhouse, with Charlene Tilton and Neil Patrick Harris.

Ariana Singing
Career 2013-2015

In 2015, Grande began recording songs for her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, which was previously known as Moonlight. In October of that year, she released the single 'Focus,' which was supposed to be the album's lead single but instead charted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The following month, American singer Who Is Fancy released 'Boys Like You,' a duet with Meghan Trainor. She appeared in a remix of 'Over and Over Again' from Nathan Sykes' debut studio solo album Unfinished Business, which was released in January 2016. In the comedy Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, Grande made a cameo appearance. The lead single from Grande's retitled album of the same name, 'Dangerous Woman,' was released in March 2016. The single debuted at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first artist to have a top ten debut single from each of her first three albums. Grande hosted and performed on Saturday Night Live the same month, where she performed 'Dangerous Woman' and debuted the promotional single 'Be Alright,' which charted at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ariana at concert
Career 2015-2017

Over the course of three years, Grande worked on her first studio album, Yours Truly, which was formerly named Daydreamin'. It was released on August 30, 2013, and it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums list in the United States, selling 138,000 copies in the first week. In addition to Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands, Yours Truly debuted in the top 10 in many additional nations. Its first song, 'The Way,' featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, debuted at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 and went on to spend two weeks at number nine. Minder Music subsequently sued Grande, alleging that she plagiarised the lyric 'What we must do right now is go back, back in time' from The Jimmy Castor Bunch's 1972 song 'Troglodyte (Cave Man).' In July, 'Baby I,' the album's second single, was released. In August 2013, the group released their third song, 'Right There,' which featured Detroit rapper Big Sean. On the Billboard Hot 100, they charted at 21 and 84, respectively. In August 2013, Grande released the promotional song 'Almost Is Never Enough,'' a duet she recorded with Nathan Sykes of The Wanted. She also performed three concerts on Justin Bieber's Believe Tour before launching her own headlining mini-tour, The Listening Sessions. The following month, Billboard magazine placed Grande fourth on their 'Music's Hottest Minors 2013' list, which is an annual ranking of the most popular artists under the age of 21. She was named New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Music Awards. In December 2013, she released the Christmas Kisses EP, a four-song collection of holiday songs. The Music Business Association honoured Grande with the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award for her accomplishments in 2013. Grande began work on her second studio album in January 2014, working with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and record producers Benny Blanco and Max Martin. In the same month, she won the People's Choice Award 2014 for Favorite Breakout Artist.

Grande sang at the 'Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House' event held at the White House in March 2014. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama asked Grande to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll celebration the following month. My Everything, Grande's second studio album, arrived at number one on the Billboard 200 chart on August 25, 2014. The album's first song, 'Problem,' was released on April 26, 2014, and includes Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, later rising to number two, and at number one on the UK Singles Chart, marking Grande's first UK number one hit. In the United States, the album's second song, 'Break Free,' featuring German artist and producer Zedd, reached number four. She won Best Pop Video for 'Problem' after performing it as the opening song at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. On 'Bang Bang,' the first single from Jessie J's album Sweet Talker, Grande and Nicki Minaj contributed guest vocals. 'Bang Bang' hit number one in the UK and number three in the US. Grande joined Adele as the only female artist to have three top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 concurrently as a lead artist, with the tracks 'Problem,' 'Break Free,' and 'Bang Bang.'

In August, Grande released her third single from the album, 'Side to Side,' which featured rapper Nicki Minaj and was her eighth top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. Dangerous Woman received Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for the title track.

Grande headlined the opening night of the second annual Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in August 2016, paying tribute to the late Whitney Houston on the season finale of the ABC television series Greatest Hits and performing a nearly hour-long set of her own songs. Aside from music, Grande starred as Penny Pingleton in the NBC television show Hairspray Live! in December 2016 and filmed a commercial for T-Mobile in October 2016. In the same month, Grande and Stevie Wonder performed their collaboration Faith' from the soundtrack of the 2016 animated film Sing on the season finale of the US competition TV series The Voice. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards, 'Faith' was nominated for Best Original Song. Grande took part in the Jingle Ball Tour 2016 at the end of the year. The title track for the 2017 live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast was recorded by Grande. In February 2017, the song was released as a duet with American singer John Legend. Grande began her third concert tour, the Dangerous Woman Tour, in the same month to promote the album. On April 27, 2017, Cashmere Cat, a Norwegian DJ, released the fifth single from his debut album 9, 'Quit,' which features Grande. Her concert at Manchester Arena was the target of a suicide bombing on May 22, 2017, when an Islamic extremist detonated a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb as people were leaving the venue. The bombing at Manchester Arena killed 22 people and injured hundreds more. On June 4, Grande cancelled the rest of her tour and held a televised benefit concert called One Love Manchester, which raised $23 million for the bombing victims and their families. Grande, as well as Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and other artists, performed at the concert. The Manchester City Council named Grande the city's first honorary citizen in recognition of her efforts. The tour began in Paris on June 7 and ended in September 2017. Grande sang musical theatre songs with American comedian Seth MacFarlane in an Apple Music Carpool Karaoke episode in August 2017. She was named 'Female Artist of the Year' by Billboard magazine in December 2017.

Ariana singing in live
Career 2018-2019

Grande started working with Pharrell Williams on tracks for her fourth studio album, Sweetener, in 2016, but 'the events in Manchester provided a hard reset to the project's expectations.' Grande launched the first single from Sweetener, 'No Tears Left to Cry,' at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2018, becoming 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. She appeared in 'Bed,' the second single from Nicki Minaj's fourth studio album Queen, in June 2018. Grande released the song 'Thank U, Next' in November 2018 and announced her fifth studio album of the same name. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Grande's first number one hit in the United States, and spent seven non-consecutive weeks at the top. It has now been certified five times platinum in the United States; the song's music video set records for most-watched music video on YouTube within 24 hours of release and quickest Vevo video to achieve 100 million views on YouTube, both of which have since been exceeded by other artists. It was the quickest song on Spotify to achieve 100 million plays (11 days) and the most-streamed song by a female artist in a 24-hour period, with 9.6 million streams, until being overtaken by her own song '7 Rings' (nearly 15 million streams). The show premiered on November 29, 2018. Grande was named as the headliner of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in January 2019, making her the youngest and just the fourth female artist to do so. It was held on April 12–14 and April 19–21. Grande invited a slew of special guests to the stage, including NSYNC, P. Diddy, Nicki Minaj, and Justin Bieber. Her performance has garnered great praise. '7 Rings,' Grande's second song from Thank U, Next, was released on January 18, 2019, and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of February 2, marking her second single to top the charts in a row (and overall). Grande became the third female artist after Mariah Carey (3) and Britney Spears (2) to have multiple number-one debuts, and the fifth artist overall after Justin Bieber and Drake. Several streaming and recording industry records were broken by the song. After spending eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the charts, it became Grande's most popular song and one of the best-selling songs globally. Thank U, Next was published on February 8, 2019, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, garnering critical praise. With 307 million on-demand streams, it set records for the biggest streaming week for a pop album and a female album in the United States.

Grande became the first solo artist to hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot 100, with '7 Rings' debuting 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' rising to number three, and the overall second artist to do so since the Beatles did so in 1964, when they held the top five spots. In the United Kingdom, Grande became the second female solo artist to occupy the number one and number two positions at the same time, as well as the first musical artist to replace herself at number one twice in a row. It was reported in February 2019 that Grande will not attend the Grammy Awards due to a dispute with producers about a possible performance at the event. Sweetener earned Grande her first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. At the 2019 Billboard Music Categories, Grande was nominated for nine awards, including Top Artist. On May 1, 2019, she will get two awards: Billboard Chart Achievement and Top Female Artist. Grande gave a pre-recorded performance from her Sweetener World Tour during the occasion. Grande revealed in June 2019 that she co-executive produced the soundtrack of the film Charlie's Angels, featuring a duet with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey titled 'Don't Call Me Angel' released as the first single on September 13, 2019. At the 24th Satellite Awards, it was nominated for Best Original Song. In August 2019, she collaborated with pop group Social House on a song named 'Boyfriend.' Normani's first solo song 'Motivation,' which was released on August 16, 2019, was co-written by Grande. At the 2019 MTV Video Music Trophies, Grande took up three awards, including Artist of the Year. She was nominated for a total of 12 awards, including Video of the Year for 'Thank U, Next.' Grande appeared on the remix of Lizzo's song 'Good as Hell,' which was released on October 25, 2019. By the conclusion of the year, Billboard had called Grande the most accomplished female debut artist of the decade, while NME had dubbed her one of the decade's defining music artists. She also became the most played female artist of the decade on Spotify, the music streaming site. In addition, Forbes rated her as the 62nd highest-paid celebrity in 2019, while Billboard placed her as the highest-paid solo artist in 2019.

Grande earned several nominations for the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year, in January 2020. The following month, she appeared as a guest star in the second season of Jim Carrey's American television comedy Kidding. On May 8, 2020, Grande and Justin Bieber released a collaboration song titled 'Stuck with U'; net proceeds from the song's sales were donated to the First Responders Children's Foundation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grande's third chart-topping hit, the song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Along with Bieber, both artists are tied 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 collaborated with Lady Gaga on the song 'Rain on Me,' which was released as the second single from Gaga's sixth studio album Chromatica. The song also debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Grande's fourth number-one single and breaking the record for the most number-one debuts on that chart. The song was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Grande became the highest-paid woman in music on Forbes' 2020 Celebrity 100 list in 2020, ranking 17th overall with $72 million. Grande was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards in 2020 for both 'Stuck with U' (with Bieber) and 'Rain on Me' (with Gaga). Grande was nominated for Video of the Year for the third time in a row with the latter. She would go on to win four Grammys, including Song of the Year for 'Rain on Me.' Positions, Grande's sixth studio album, will be released on October 30, 2020. Positions premiered at the top of the Billboard 200, making it Grande's sixth number-one album.

Grande made a surprise cameo on the Adult Swim Festival on November 13, 2020, singing with music artist Thundercat, who performed his song 'Them Changes,' which Grande had previously recorded. Grande and Jennifer Hudson also appeared on a remix of Mariah Carey's 2010 Christmas song 'Oh Santa!' The song was released as part of Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special on December 4, 2020. On December 21, 2020, Grande's Sweetener World Tour concert film, Excuse Me, I Love You, will be released exclusively on Netflix. Grande was announced as a member of the coaching panel for the twenty-first season of The Voice in March 2021. It was reported that she would be paid between $20 and $25 million per season, making her the highest-paid coach in the show's history. Grande appeared on Demi Lovato's song 'Met Him Last Night,' which was released on April 1 as the fourth single from Lovato's seventh studio album Dancing with the Devil... the Art of Starting Over, and on a remix of the Weeknd's 'Save Your Tears,' which was released on April 23. The remix peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the sixth number one single for both artists. Grande and Paul McCartney are the only artists to have three Hot 100 number one duets. At the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Grande and the Weeknd performed 'Save Your Tears.' Grande appeared on Doja Cat's third studio album Planet Her's song 'I Don't Do Drugs' in June. From August 6 to 8, 2021, Grande appeared virtually as the headline act of the 'Rift Tour' on the video game Fortnite. The concert drew 78 million attendees, breaking Travis Scott's previous record of 11.7 million viewers for his own concert.

Ariana pre live
Music Style

Grande's music is primarily pop and R&B with elements of EDM, hip hop, and trap, the latter of which debuted prominently on her Christmas & Chill extended play. While she has consistently maintained pop-R&B tones, she has increased the incorporation of trap into her music as her career has progressed as a result of her collaboration with record producer Tommy Brown. She has collaborated with Brown on all of her albums, and she has 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 because she enjoys being hands on with each project, and she revealed that Mac Miller taught her how to use Pro Tools. A recent collaborator, Justin Tranter, was inspired by Grande's involvement in her music 'from the writing to the vision to the storytelling and even engineering and comping her own vocals. She co-wrote several of her songs, which cover a wide range of topics including love, sex, wealth, breakups, independence, empowerment, self-love, and moving on from the past. With the help of songwriter and producer Babyface, Grande's debut album, Yours Truly, was praised for recreating the R&B 'vibe and feel of the 90s.' My Everything, her sophomore album, was described as an evolution from her debut, with a new sound that explored EDM and electropop genres. Dangerous Woman, her third album, was praised by the Los Angeles Times for adapting to different styles with the reggae-pop 'Side to Side,' the dance-pop-influenced 'Be Alright,' and the fusion of guitar and trap in 'Sometimes.' Sweetener and Thank U, Next, her fourth and fifth studio albums, heavily feature her trap-pop sound. 'With her new album Sweetener, she set her sights on conquering trap, savage basslines, and jittery swarms of drum programming,' Rolling Stone's Elias Leight believes. She also 'embraces the sound of hard-bitten Southern hip-hop,' experimenting with funk elements and themes of love and prosperity. Vulture's Craig Jenkins wrote that Grande's style had shifted to trap and hip hop, with R&B undertones on Thank U, Next, and lyrics about breakups, empowerment, and self-love. Positions, her sixth album, expands on the R&B and trap-pop sound of Sweetener and Thank U, Next with sex and romance themes.

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Public perception

Grande recognised 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 has developed. She also drew inspiration from actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Ann-Margret, Nancy Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Grande's modest look early in her career was described as 'age appropriate' in contrast to contemporary artists who grew up in the public glare. Jim Farber of the New York Daily News stated in 2014 that Grande received less attention 'for how little she wears or how violently she dances than for how she sings.' That year, she abandoned her prior style and began wearing short skirts and crop tops with knee-high boots in live performances and red carpet events. She also began incorporating cat and bunny ears often into her attire. In recent years, she began wearing big 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 while 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 unpleasant interactions with reporters and fans in 2014, she dismissed these reports as 'weird, inaccurate representations'. Rolling Stone wrote: 'Some may scream 'diva', but it's also Grande just taking a stand to not allow others to define her image.' In July 2015, Grande created controversy after being recorded on surveillance video in a doughnut shop eating doughnuts that were on display and saying 'I hate Americans. I hate America. This is awful', referring to a dish of doughnuts. She subsequently issued an apology, stating that she is 'EXTREMELY delighted to be an American' and that her comments rather pertained to obesity in the United States. She later made a video apology for 'behaving inappropriately'. The incident was parodied by The Muppets and featured in Miley Cyrus' Saturday Night Live rendition of 'My Way', about the regrets of the summer of 2015. Grande herself poked fun of the incident while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2016 by 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 giving interviews for a period of time due to concern of her remarks being misunderstood, and her being subsequently labelled a 'diva'

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Philanthropy

At age 10, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed at charity fund-raising events and raised over $500,000 in 2007 alone. In 2009, as a part of the charity group Broadway in South Africa, Grande and her brother Frankie performed and taught music and dance to youngsters in Gugulethu, South Africa. She was featured alongside Bridgit Mendler and Kat Graham in Seventeen magazine in a 2013 public campaign to stop online abuse called 'Delete Digital Drama'. After seeing the film Blackfish that year, she encouraged people to quit patronising SeaWorld. In September 2014, Grande appeared in the charity Stand Up to Cancer television show, performing her song 'My Everything' in remembrance of her grandpa, who had died of cancer that July.

Grande has acquired many rescue dogs as pets and has encouraged pet adoption during her performances. In 2016, she created a collection of lip colours named 'Ariana Grande's MAC Viva Glam' with MAC Cosmetics, the proceeds of which benefitted those afflicted by HIV and AIDS. In 2015, Grande and Miley Cyrus performed a version of Crowded House's 'Don't Dream It's Over'as part of Cyrus' 'Backyard Sessions' to support her Happy Hippie Foundation, which aids homeless and LGBT adolescents.

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 published a well-received, 'empowering' article on Twitter criticising the double standard and sexism in the emphasis of the press on female artists' relationships and sex life instead of 'their worth as a person'. She stated that she had 'much to speak about' about her music and achievements than than her personal relationships. In 2016, E! columnist Kendall Fisher named her 'a feminist hero'. That year, Grande joined Madonna to collect money for orphaned children in Malawi; she and Victoria Monét released 'Better Days' in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

To assist the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, Grande arranged the One Love Manchester concert and re-released 'One Last Time' and her live performance of 'Over the Rainbow' during the event as charity singles. The total amount collected was allegedly $23 million (more than £17 million), and she earned acclaim for her 'grace and strength' in conducting the charity performance. Madeline Roth of MTV said that the performance 'bolstered courage among an audience that badly needed it. ... Returning to the stage was a genuine act of bravery and perseverance'

In 2017, New York magazine's Vulture section rated the event as the No. 1 concert of the year, while Billboard's Mitchell Harrison dubbed Grande a 'gay icon' for her LGBT-friendly songs and performances and 'support for the LGBTQ community'. In September 2017, Grande participated in A Concert for Charlottesville which benefited the victims of the August 2017 white supremacist event in Charlottesville, Virginia. In March 2018, she joined in March for Our Lives to promote gun control legislation. Grande donated the profits from the first performance in Atlanta on her Sweetener World Tour to Planned Parenthood as a reaction to the adoption of a number of anti-abortion legislation in various states including Georgia. During the COVID-19 epidemic, Grande contributed between $500 and $1,000 apiece to a handful of fans as financial assistance. Grande also sponsored a COVID-19 fund called Project 100, which intended to give $1,000 digital payments to 100,000 households that have been severely affected by the epidemic.

In May 2020, Grande stated that all net profits from her collaboration with artist Justin Bieber, 'Stuck With U', will be given to the First Responders Children's Foundation to provide grants and scholarships for children of frontline responders who are working during the worldwide pandemic. That month, Grande attended a Los Angeles demonstration against the death of George Floyd, demanding justice and urging followers to sign petitions denouncing the act of police brutality. She emphasised white privilege and urged for greater action beyond social media. In December 2020, Grande, and Scott and Brian Nicholson, her choreographers and friends, established 'Orange Twins Rescue', an animal rescue facility located in Los Angeles. In the same month, Grande delighted youngsters, who spend the holiday in children's hospitals in L.A. and the UK, with presents from wish lists at the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. In June 2021, Grande, along with a dozen other celebrities wrote an open letter urging Congress to approve the Equality Act highlighting the Act would defend 'marginalised communities'. In the same month, Grande collaborated with the internet site BetterHelp, and handed out $2 million worth of treatment to fans.

Ariana singing for charity
Endorsements

Grande became an equity investor and partner in the bottled water company WAT-AAH! in October 2014. In November 2015, she collaborated with Coach to create a limited edition handbag. In January 2016, she debuted a cosmetics line with MAC Cosmetics, with all profits benefiting the MAC AIDS Fund. Grande collaborated with Lipsy London to create a fashion collection in February 2016. Later that year, she collaborated with Brookstone to create cat ear headphones based on the concept art of artist Wenqing Yan. Grande teamed up with Square Enix in 2017 to develop a character based on herself for the smartphone game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.

Grande was a limited-time unlockable character as part of the Dangerous Woman Tour event, which also featured an orchestral remix of Grande's song 'Touch It'; the character, dubbed Dangerous Ariana, is a magical support character who employs music-based assaults. She was named a Reebok brand ambassador in September 2017. In August 2018, Beyoncé collaborated with American Express for The Sweetener Sessions, a collaboration that will continue through the Sweetener World Tour in 2019, in collaboration with T-Mobile. She collaborated with Starbucks to create the Cloud Macchiato beverage in March 2019.

Grande was named the face of Givenchy's Fall-Winter 2019 campaign in May 2019. The campaign started in July and produced a media impact value of $25.13 million. Grande's music videos have included goods from Beats, Samsung, Fiat, Reebok, and Guess. She has featured in advertisements for Macy's, T-Mobile, and Apple, as well as her own perfumes.

Grande collaborated with Luxe Brands on eight perfumes. Ari by Ariana Grande, her first fragrance, was released in 2015. Following its popularity, she released her second fragrance, Sweet Like Candy, in 2016. Moonlight, her third fragrance, was introduced in 2017; her most recent perfumes, Cloud, Thank U, Next, R.E.M., and God Is A Woman, were released in 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively.

Ariana with rebok