Music / Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer & actress. She is best known for her roles in Victorious, Thirteen and the Victorious/iCarly Spin-Off Sam & Cat and since 2014 for constant appearances in the pop charts (to the degree where some people are actually surprised she started as an actress). Has a Youtube channel where she shows off her musical talent, a Twitter account, a Facebook, and an Instagram. She used to do a UStream every Friday, but had to stop during 2013 (some fans snarkily suggested that this was because she had a bad habit of accidentally revealing her phone number during said streams). Her debut album, Yours Truly was released in September 2013, and a second album titled My Everything came out in August 2014; her third album Dangerous Woman came out in May of 2016.

Ariana's half-brother Frankie Grande was a houseguest on the sixteenth season of the US Big Brother. Ariana herself returned to TV in 2015 with Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens, and in December 2016 she played Penny on NBC's live presentation of Hairspray.

Discography


Ariana Grande's works exhibit the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: In the "Break Free" video.
  • Ambiguous Ending: While the theme of "Problem" is pretty straightforward (Ariana singing about someone who she is still in love with, but knows is bad for her and won't change no matter what) it's never made abundantly clear if she takes her own advice to break it off, or if she can't help herself and ends up taking her ex back.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Actually the subject of a short joke during one of her SNL sketches. Apparently she's "just very Italian."
  • Animal Motifs: Her career was previously associated with cats but it has since been replaced by rabbits. Which was shown in the music video for "Dangerous Woman", rabbit ears are also connected to her and the fanbase and finally the "One Love" concert had rabbit ears in the logo.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Started with "The Way" and reached its peak in the "Dangerous Woman" album.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Frequently performs wearing cat ears, playing up her The Cutie image, and as a nod to her Star-Making Role as Cat.
  • Award Bait Song: "Almost Is Never Enough" and "Tattooed Heart".
  • Big "NO!": She is featured in a sketch on MTV's Nikki and Sara where she is hired to sing bad news to the duo's employees. After wanting to leave due to her feeling uncomfortable, she does this after the two girls' attempts to get her to stay, all in song, and ends with a regular spoken "no". You can view it here.
  • Breakup Breakout: After Victorious ended, Cat got her own spin-off, whereas the rest of the cast are off of Nick. More importantly, this launched Ariana's music career into the stratosphere, and she's the biggest Nick star since Miranda Cosgrove. Unfortunately for Nick, just like Miranda, Nickelodeon and their owners Viacom had very little input, control or profit over the non-television side of their careers.
  • Breakup Song: "You'll Never Know".
  • Cover Version: "Beauty And The Beast" with John Legend for the 2017 version.
  • Cry Cute: Let's face it, whenever Ariana cries, whether it's in real life or on-screen, you can't deny wanting to give her a hug.
  • The Cutie: Her persona from before and during Yours Truly was basically adorable personified. Starting with My Everything, she's started moving in a direction that emphasizes more sexiness and less cuteness.
  • Darker and Edgier: Her entire post-Nickelodeon career compared to what she did and what she's most associated with for that network.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In her song with Mika, Popular Song, Ariana turns Mika into a statue because he knocked over a block tower she made when they were children. Long time to hold a grudge.
  • Double Entendre: "Love Me Harder". Does she want stronger emotional love or physical love?
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The video for "One Last Time" places her in such a setting.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: "Baby I" is about not being able to find the right words to tell someone how much you love them.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: For a holiday concert in 2013, she wore a white mini Happy Holidays Dress trimmed with white feathers.
  • Genre Throwback: Many of her songs are throwbacks to 90's R&B.
  • Guest Fighter: She shows up as a playable character in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Yes, seriously.
  • Heavy Meta: "Piano" is an uplifting song meant to bring lovers together, which happens to be about Ariana wanting to write an uplifting song that brings lovers together.
  • Hidden Depths: Wait, this actress can sing?!
    • Wait, this singer can act?!
    • Wait, Cat Valentine can sing more than just Nickelodeon-produced pop music?!
    • And, of course, being a Woman of a Thousand Voices.
  • Homage: Her music video for "Break Free" features homages to Barbarella, Star Wars and Gravity.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • "The Way", her song with Mac Miller. It earned comparisons to Mariah Carey.
    • She dials this up with "Love Me Harder" featuring The Weeknd. The innuendos are much stronger and it's clear what she is really singing about. Not to mention the music video.
    • And she somehow manages to wear even less for the "Bang Bang" video with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.
    • Just this period compared to her Nickelodeon days. For example, this is what she wears when she's just at the freakin' airport!
    • Now we have the "Focus" music video to take it up even more!
    • "Dangerous Woman" is a new level, even compared to "Love Me Harder", crossing from innuendo to some bold raciness.
    • The Dangerous Woman album is the Hottest and Sexiest yet, with more songs about sex and racier lyrics.
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "The Way".
    • "Bang Bang".
    • From My Everything, "Love Me Harder" makes this even more obvious with stronger innuendos and her seductive sounding voice. "Hands on me" is pretty obvious: "skirt off, keep the high heels on/might be a little thing, but I like that long, yeah."
    • Plenty of the songs on Dangerous Woman allude to sex, but Dangerous Woman, Into You are the ones that are most clearly "I wanna have intercourse with you" songs. "Side to Side" is confirmed as being about getting railed so hard she can't walk properly.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
    • The music video for "One Last Time" features Victorious co-star Matt Bennett.
    • The voice of one of the news reporters you hear in the beginning of the same video is her Victorious co-star Elizabeth Gillies.
  • Laugh of Love: She's frequently giggling and laughing around her love interest in the video for "Into You".
  • Lingerie Scene: The "Dangerous Woman" video is basically one long example of this.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Almost always keeps it at a 1 or 2, but tracks like "Dangerous Woman" and "Into You" can go up to a 3.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the "Love Me Harder" and "Dangerous Woman" music videos.
  • New Sound Album: Dangerous Woman is much more mature than her two previous albums, and a few songs have a rock edge to them, most notably the guitar solo in "Dangerous Woman" and the backing riffs in "Into You".
  • Non-Indicative Name: "Grande" translates to "large". And she is tiny.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Had this reaction during a stream when Jennette accidentally revealed Ariana's phone number.
    • And later on, she did it to herself. Fans had a collective Here We Go Again moment.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks closer to twelve than twenty-four, which makes the "Dangerous Woman" video rather... discomfiting, to say the least.
  • Pep Talk Song: "Put Your Hearts Up". Mind you, she absolutely hates this song.
  • The Scream: As heard in Sam & Cat, Ariana can definitely let out a bloodcurdling scream.
  • Secret Relationship: In "Side To Side," she asks "what's it gonna hurt if they don't know? Makin' everybody think that we solo." In "Into You," she says "A little bit scandalous, but baby don't let them see it."
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: In her singing videos.
  • Sequel Song: According to Word of God, "Right There" to "The Way".
  • She's Got Legs: Oh yes, she does. Since she's so petite, her videos tend to play up her legs for fanservice.

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