Beloved Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande blossomed into an international pop artist. Following her role of Cat Valentine in the television series Victorious, Grande was signed to Republic Records after being scouted by Monte Lipman (who discovered her song covers on YouTube). In 2013, she released her debut album, Yours Truly. Since then, she’s only been on the come-up. Tracks like “The Way” featuring Mac Miller and “Right There” featuring Big Sean became pop anthems, proving she was so much more than just an actress.
With vocals reminiscent of a young Mariah Carey, and her signature oversized sweater and thigh-high boots combination, Ariana Grande became a bonafide pop icon. Grande used her next two albums, My Everything and Dangerous Woman, to experiment with genres like EDM and R&B. My Everything included four singles that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Problem,” “Break Free,” “Bang Bang,” and “Love Me Harder.” Then, with the release of her Grammy-winning fourth studio album, Sweetener, she proved to be great. Following the release of her career-making album, she was crowned as Billboard’s Woman of the Year.
Just five months after she dropped Sweetener, Ariana Grande blessed the world with Thank U, Next, her fifth studio album. The project broke the pop record for the largest streaming week ever and Grande became the first solo artist to ever hold the first three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously: “7 rings,” “thank u, next” and “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.” To put that in perspective, the only other act to ever accomplish this was the Beatles in 1964. Though the project was lighter than Sweetener, the album has an undeniable theme of healing, as Grande grappled with the loss of Mac Miller and her break-up with Pete Davidson. Thank U, Next proved that nothing will stop Ariana Grande from becoming everything she wants to be, and we’re all “needy” for more.