It's easy to forget that Ariana Grande used to be on a Nickelodeon show
. Did you forget? Because I sure did.
Unlike some other contemporary singers, she's managed to totally reinvent herself, almost overnight. And, as she told Billboard
in May, “I feel like I’m still just getting started — a lot of people forget I’m only three years in.”
Originally from Boca Raton, FL, Grande started singing in local musicals, like Annie,
when she was only 8 years old. Next she starred in the Broadway musical 13,
before moving on to play Cat Valentine, a recurring character on two television shows, iCarly
in 2009 and then Victorious
Grande had a youthful, high-pitched voice — reminiscent of Paris Hilton's — that was often mocked on the show.
She also had a totally different look, with dark-red hair and a flashy wardrobe. But she also had a killer voice and a whole lot of spunk. It was only a matter of time before she would break out on her own. Meanwhile, her impressive impersonations of singers and rappers, from Rick Ross
' dancing to Celine Dion's ballads
, have been wowing audiences since her early YouTube days.
Grande just released a new album, Dangerous Woman
, that sky-rocketed to the top of the charts
, and recently appeared on Fox's Scream Queens
. On June 26, the singer and actress turns 23, and we decided to revisit her roots — the pre-latex-bunny-eared Grande.
So, let's go down the rabbit hole and take a look inside the magical transformation of Grande's musical career.