Ariana grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where she attended North Broward Preparatory School. Grande made her acting debut in 2008 in the role of Charlotte in 13 on Broadway. From 2010 until 2013, she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and reprised the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat.
In March 2013, Grande reached mainstream success after the single “The Way”, from her debut studio album Yours Truly, became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The album received critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Her music can be defined as a blend of pop and contemporary R&B, and has features of funk, dance, and hip hop. Grande’s debut is described as being half a “throwback” to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half she describes as “something that is very unique and very special that I’ve sort of written” which is completely original. In summation of the record she stated: “So half of it is a throwback and like very familiar feeling, feel good, and then half of it is something that I’ve created that’s sort of special and unique and refreshing and wonderful and I love it”.