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Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an Italian-American singer and actress. She is best known for her roles in Victorious, 13 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).

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.


She is the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the city of Manchester.


Notable acting roles:

  • 13 (2008-2009, Original Broadway Run) as Charlotte
  • Victorious (2010-2013) as Cat Valentine
  • Winx Club (2011-2013) as Princess Diaspro (voice)
  • Sam & Cat (2013-2014) as Cat Valentine
  • Swindle (2013) as Amanda Benson
  • Scream Queens (2015) as Sonya Herfmann

Ariana Grande's works exhibit the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: In the "Break Free" video.
  • Adam Westing: Made guest appearances as herself in various videos on several times, while at the same time portraying the personality of The Ditz Cat Valentine. The cast members even get confused over whether she was playing Ariana or Cat.
  • 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." This is also a gag in Scream Queens - where Chanel #5 says at her funeral that it's a shame she died before they worked out what ethnicity she was. She was the only non-blonde in the clique.
  • Animal Motifs: Her career was previously associated with cats but it has since been replaced by rabbits.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. She was also a playable character in the game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and her avatar was her wearing her signature rabbit mask.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Started with "The Way" and reached its peak in the "Dangerous Woman" album.
  • all lowercase letters: All the tracks on Sweetener are formatted this way, with the exception of "R.E.M" and "God is a woman". Songs from her follow-up album, Thank U, Next, are also stylized this way, except "NASA".
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: "God is a woman." A whole song about how her prowess in bed will have her partner thinking he just experienced God. Overlaps with Blasphemous Boast.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Many fans considered the "screaming beavers" in the "God Is A Woman" music video to be this.
  • 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.
  • Bi the Way: The plot twist ending for "break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored" ends with Grande and her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend sharing a kiss in the pool. Ariana would come out as being attracted to both genders two months later, following the release of her collaboration with Victoria Monet, which hinted at her sexuality with the lyric "I like women and men".
  • Break-Up Song: "You'll Never Know". "Thank U Next" is a break-up song too but a more positive version - thanking the various exes for the lessons they taught her.
  • Bodyguard Crush: In the "Into You" music video, Ariana's love interest is part of her security.
  • The Cameo:
    • The video for One Last Time features her Victorious co-stars Matt Bennett and Elizabeth Gillies, the former as her love interest, and the latter as one of the radio voices in the opening.
    • The video for Thank U, Next features numerous celebrity cameos, including her aforementioned Victorious co-stars Elizabeth Gillies, Matt Bennett, and Daniella Monet, Kris Jenner, Troye Sivan, Colleen Ballinger, Jonathan Bennett and Jennifer Coolidge, her brother Frankie, her mother Joan, and many of her family, friends, and crew members.
  • Casting Gag: In the "Thank U, Next" video, Jonathan Bennett and Jennifer Coolidge cameo as their roles as Aaron Samuels and Paulette Bonafonte in the segments paying homage to those films.
  • Celebrity Break-Up Song: "thank u, next" references her break-ups with Big Sean, Pete Davidson, and Mac Miller.
  • Cover Version: "Beauty And The Beast" for the 2017 remake (with John Legend), and "Goodnight & Go" (originally by Imogen Heap) for her 2018 album Sweetener, also "Don't Dream It's Over" as a duet for Miley Cyrus's Happy Hippie Project - reprised at the One Love Manchester benefit concert in 2017.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She recorded several different versions of the opening verse to "Thank U, Next" as her relationship with Pete Davidson was fluctuating a lot and she didn't know what its status would be when the song was released.
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She often opts for a barefoot look in her videoclips.
  • Doppelgänger Dating: "break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored" shows Grande's ex-boyfriend with a very similar looking new girlfriend identical to Grande, same fashion style, ponytail and all.
  • Double Entendre: "Love Me Harder". Does she want stronger emotional love or physical love?
  • Due to the Dead: "Thank U, Next" has a tribute to Mac Miller, who passed away of an accidental overdose after they broke up.
    "Wish I could say 'thank you' to Malcolm/Cause he was an angel..."
  • 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.
  • Goth: In the music video for Popular Song with Mika.
  • Grief Song: "ghostin'" from thank u, next for Mac Miller.
  • Guest Fighter: She shows up as a playable character in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Yes, seriously. Somewhat justified in that she sings the theme song (an orchestrated remaster of "Touch It") for the game.
  • 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.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: The song "Boyfriend" with Social House comes off as this, as the female protagonist sings about how even though they're not dating, she doesn't want him with anybody else either.
  • 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.
  • High Heel Hurt: Has mentioned in interviews that her feet hurt badly after concerts. It stands to reason, given she's spending hours dancing in stilettos.
  • 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.
  • Homage: The "Thank U, Next" video pays homage to and casts Grande as the leads of a few female-led films of the 2000s.
    • To Mean Girls: Grande plays Regina George, the opening is a send-up of the Regina George rumor scene, the Burn Book is a diary of the exes mentioned in the song, and the Make Way for the Princess and Jingle Bell Rock scenes are performed.
    • Bring It On: Grande is Torrance Shipman, and the cheer routine and brush-off scenes are reenacted.
    • To 13 Going on 30: Grande is Jenna Rinks mooning over the dollhouse, which segues directly into...
    • Legally Blonde: Grande is Elle Woods stepping out of her car with her dog. The "Bend and Snap" scene is reenacted, along with her exercising on an elliptical.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Love Is Like Religion: The track "God Is A Woman" features religious undertones and boasts in where a woman brags to her lover that she'll be so great, he'll believe "God is a Woman".
  • Love Triangle: "break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored" features Grande in a love triangle between her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
  • Melismatic Vocals: She's been compared to Mariah Carey for her ability to stretch a syllable through her impressive upper register.
  • 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.
  • Moment of Silence: "get well soon" has about 40 seconds of silence at the end of the track, which is generally considered a tribute to the victims of the bombing at her 2017 Manchester concert. (Notably, the song's length including the silence is exactly 5:22, and the attack occurred on May 22.)
  • 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-Appearing Title: "7 Rings" thought she mentions that she "Bought matching diamonds for six of my bitches".
  • Non-Indicative Name: Or Ironic Name, as well. "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) and "no tears left to cry".
  • Rainbow Lens: The song "Break Free" has been interpreted by some of her fanbase as a coming out anthem.
  • Rewatch Bonus: It takes viewing the music video for "break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored" for fans to see the love triangle between Ariana, her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend a little differently.
  • Retraux: In the lyric and official music videos for "Problem", the lyric video was set with a retro style from 1960s art movement containing a black, white, and old-fashioned aesthetic and opens on a sparkling figure where Grande appears in a sequined minidress and white go go boots with her dancers backed by a spiral backdrop. Iggy Azalea is shown in front of a colorful background, and her hairstyle is reminiscent of Barbarella and Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (1966) video. The video also contains intercepted scenes of Grande lying atop a giant spiral on a pink floor wearing an white sweater and high socks.
  • Rich Bitch: "Seven Rings"
  • Sampling:
    • "Put Your Hearts Up" samples "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes.
    • "7 Rings" samples "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music
  • 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.
  • Sex for Solace: In "Let Me Love You", Ariana writhes in various different rooms while singing about casual sex that helps her get through a painful breakup.
  • Sequel Song: According to Word of God, "Right There" is this 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.
  • Silly Love Songs: "The Way", "Baby I", "Honeymoon Avenue", "Better Left Unsaid", "Tattooed Heart", "Lovin' It", "Daydreamin'", "Right There".
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Her regular speaking voice is very soft and subtle, but when she sings, she sounds like this.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Apart from the Nikki and Sarah skit above, there's this.
  • Spiritual Successor: In terms of her singing prowess, to Mariah Carey.
  • Stage Name: Grande is only part of her real last name; her real last name is Grande-Butera.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Tattooed Heart", "My Everything", and "Almost Is Never Enough".
  • Suddenly Sexuality: In "break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored" where her character steals her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend after sharing longing looks at him all through out. After the single debuted, Grande herself came out as bisexual despite fans debating that she's never shown interest in girls before.
  • Torpedo Tits: Missiles from her chest in the video for "Break Free".
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: In "break up with your girlfriend, I'm bored", between Ariana, her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
  • Vocal Evolution: No, really. Her speaking voice has somehow grown deeper than it was early in Victorious, necessitating a switch to the more cartoony, babyish Cat Valentine voice we hear today.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!:
  • Woman of a Thousand Voices:
    • She has several videos of her doing impressions, among those being Shakira and Judy Garland. Also, she's a voice actress. There's also the changing the pitch of her voice to play Cat Valentine.
    • When she did double duty as the host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, her impressions (not least of Jennifer Lawrence) went down like gangbusters.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Part of Grande's signature look is very high boots or stockings that come right to the hem of an extremely short skirt.


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