ARIANA Grande is one of the most recognised pop stars in the world, who has more than 155million followers on Instagram.
The singer is heading back to Manchester to perform at the Pride festival just two years after the tragic Manchester concert attack in 2017. Here’s more about her career and personal life…
Who is Ariana Grande?
Singer, songwriter, and actress Ariana Grande-Butera, 25, was born in Boca Raton, Florida, on June 26, 1993.
She is of Italian descent and her name is believed to be inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat.
Her parents separated when she was eight years old and she moved to New York with her mother and half-brother Frankie, who was one of the contestants on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.
Ariana made her Broadway debut in 2008 when she landed the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13.
Following her stint on Broadway, she landed the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon show Victorious, a role for which she had to dye her hair red every week.
Ariana stayed on the show until its third and final season and went on to star in a spin-off of Victorious and another Nickelodeon show iCarly, called Sam and Cat, which aired for a year.
Is Ariana Grande on tour?
Yes, Ariana Grande is currently on tour.
The brunette kicked off her Sweetener World Tour on March 18, 2019 and October 13, 2019.
Her set consists of songs from both her fourth album Sweetener and her latest release Thank U, Next.
She has 53 shows in North America and 28 in Europe, which totals to 81 over the course of eight months.
She is currently in the US but will be performing at the O2 in London in August.
Is Ariana Grande playing at Manchester Pride?
Ariana Grande will return to Manchester to headline Pride 2019 – 2 years after a bombing attack that killed 22 people at her Manchester Arena concert.
She is heading back to the city to headline the LGBT+ event at a new 9,000-capacity outdoor venue at an old railway depot on Sunday August 25.
She had previously said she would play a “a special show” in Manchester as part of her forthcoming world tour.
Ariana said in December, when her tour was announced: “We are of course coming and we love you!”
A suicide bomb attack at Ariana’s gig in Manchester Arena killed 22 concert-goers – mostly young girls – on 22 May 2017.
A source close to the American singer said: “Manchester holds a very special place in Ariana’s heart and she’s made it clear she wants to do whatever she can for the city.
“She was in talks to perform at Manchester Pride[in 2018] but unfortunately they just could not make it work due to various reasons down to space and security.
“But the council and Ariana were so eager to make it happen, they have picked up conversations for 2019 and it is now looking like she will headline the Sunday evening.
“It is going to be really special if it does work out, particularly given how much Ariana means to everyone in the city.”
You can get tickets to watch Ariana perform at Manchester Pride here and they’ll set you back £37.95 for the Saturday, £42.35 for the Sunday or £70.95 for a weekend pass, including booking fees.
What’s her net worth?
Grande’s fortune is just over a whopping $50million (£38million), according to Harper’s Bazaar.
Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour, which ended in September 2017, spanned seven months and five continents made over $71 million, Billboard reported in November that year.
That was 70 percent more than her 2015 Honeymoon tour, which grossed $40million.
When did Ariana start her music career and what are her biggest hits?
Ariana’s debut album, Yours Truly, was released in September 2013 and debuted at the top of the US chart.
She’s since released four more albums, My Everything (2014), Dangerous Woman (2016), Sweetener (2018), and Thank U, Next (2019).
Ariana’s biggest hits include One Last Time, Into You, Problem, Break Free and Side To Side.
The title track from her new album Thank U, Next was released on November 3, 2o18, and made it all the way to No1 in the UK Singles Chart.
More recently, Grande’s fifth studio album Thank U, Next was released on February 8, 2019 and made her the first solo artist in history to occupy the top three spots of the Billboard Hot 100.
This made her the first artist to do so since The Beatles in 1964.
Grande sets the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album with 307 million on-demand audio streams.
She has the largest streaming week for both a pop album and for a female artist.
Her song 7 Rings debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song also saw Grande break the Spotify record for most streams in 24 hours, with a whopping number of 14,966,544 spins. The record was previously held by Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas.
Her lead single Thank U, Next was also a prominent project, as the music video took a twist on the film Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, from which she re-enacted scenes.
Did Ariana Grande come out as bisexual?
Fans of Ariana Grande believe she came out as a bisexual following the release of her song, Monopoly on March 1, 2019.
In the track, the lyric says: “I like women and men (Yeah)/ work so f***ing much need a twinny twin twin (Yeah)/ how you hit the club when you barely got in?/ Then we hit the bank, making them investments for the win.”
However, Ariana seemed to side with a fan who tweeted: “ariana ain’t gotta label herself, but she said what she said (sic).”
The singer replied: “i haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now… which is okay.”