8 Things You Didn’t Know About Ariana Grande: Her GRAMMYs performance will just make you want to love her harder.
You’ve probably read by now that Ariana Grande will be performing what is sure to be an amazing show at this year’s GRAMMYs.
You know she’s a tiny powerhouse who has an incredible vocal range and a dynamic personality to match, but we’ll bet you don’t know everything about her. Want to learn more? Get ready for some surprising (and sometimes touching) revelations about her family, her past, and her talent — all to get you prepped for her big GRAMMYs performance this year.
Then tune in for her big performance at this year’s 57th GRAMMY Awards, live on CBS at 8/7c on February 8, 2014!
1. She really is a pint-sized superstar.
At just five feet tall, Ariana needed a little boost to pose in a group shot with the Victoria’s Secret fashion models at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where she performed many of her hit songs during the “University of PINK” catwalk segment.
2. She has always been dedicated to charity and giving back to the community.
When she was just 10 years old, Ariana co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed at charitable fund-raising events. She also participated in the charitable event Stand Up To Cancer, where she performed her hit track, “My Everything.” She dedicated it to her beloved grandfather, who passed away from cancer in July.
3. She has some serious vocal skills.
As a four-octave, light-lyric soprano, she has an unbelievable vocal range: E♭3–B5–E7. Her vocal coach, Eric Vetro, is one of the most sought after vocal coaches in the entertainment industry. He has worked with the likes of Bette Midler, Lea Michele, Meghan Trainor, Ewan McGregor, Katy Perry, and many more.
4. She loves animals.
5. She was born to perform.
She played the role of “Charlotte” in her first Broadway performance, musical 13, while she was still in high school. She won a National Youth Theatre Association Award for her performance in 2008. She later went on to play a large supporting role, Cat Valentine, in Nickelodeon’s Victorious. She had such huge popularity that she received a spin-off called Sam & Cat.
6. She has an older brother, Frankie, who is also a performer.
He has produced and acted in many musicals and has also performed as a dancer on her tours.
7. There’s a reason behind the beauty’s famous hairdo.
Ariana played “Cat Valentine” on the Nickelodeon TV sitcom Victorious, but the producers had her dye her hair a bright red because they did not want an all-brunette cast. "I had to bleach my hair and dye it red every other week for the first four years of playing Cat," she shared, referring to her sitcoms Victorious and Sam & Cat. "I wear extensions but I wear it in a ponytail because my actual hair is so broken that it looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down."
8. She was the first female artist to have her first two albums, Yours Truly and My Everything, debut at #1 since 2010.
Also, Ariana is the second lead female artist to have three hits, “Problem” ft. Iggy Azalea, “Break Free” ft. Zedd, and “Bang Bang,” her collaboration with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, concurrently on the Top Ten. The only other lead female artist artist to achieve that is Adele.
Are you ready for an epic GRAMMY performance? Ariana Grande is! Tune in Sunday, February at 8/7c on CBS!
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