Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993), known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress who began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2009. After the show ended, Grande rose to prominence as a teen idol on her own spinoff, Sam & Cat.
Grande's musical career began with the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011). She signed a recording contract with Republic Records, which released her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013), which debuted at number one on the U.S. 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.
Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014), also reached number one in the United States, and contained the hit singles "Problem" and "Break Free". Some of her achievements include New Artist of the Year at the 2013 American Music Awards, Favorite Breakout Artist at the 40th People's Choice Awards, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year by the Music Business Association. With songs "Break Free", "Problem", and "Bang Bang", she has spent 26 straight weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.