Meet the next American sweetheart.

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Ariana Grande is going places. The girl who made her acting debut on Broadway and went on to featured roles on the Nickelodeon teen sitcoms Victorious and Sam & Cat is all grown up now. These days she's a certified R&B/pop hitmaker managed by Scooter Braun, the man behind Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, and One Direction. Her debut album, Yours Truly, was produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. Babyface originally wrote her hit single, "Baby I," for Beyonce. But after B decided to pass, Ariana stepped up and made it her own.

At age 20 Ariana's clearly got a bright future ahead of her. But in his December 2013/January 2014 Complex cover story, Joe La Puma explores the darker side of the next American sweetheart. The rising star from a close-knit Italian family is also a sci-fi buff with a penchant for scary movies. And she's had some ghostly close encounters herself. Photographer Gavin Bond's film-noir-style cover shoot captures the mood just right. Our next issue won't hit newsstands for a few weeks but you can read the Ariana Grande cover story right now.

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