Since the moment she was born on June 26, 1993, there was little doubt that Ariana Grande would be a star. This pint-sized Italian-American songstress emerged from her roots in Baca Raton, FL, to become a formidable force in the music industry. Ariana’s first major break came in 2009 after landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious. She was subsequently cast as Miriam in the hit musical Cuba Libre. Other acting roles and voiceover work soon followed. Ariana quickly turned her attention toward music and released her debut album "Yours Truly" in 2013 through Republic Records. This album spawned her first hit “The Way” and achieved gold status after selling 500,000 copies in the U.S. Her follow up album "My Everything" was released in 2014 and included the hits “Problem” featuring rapper Iggy Azalea as well as “Break Free”, which was produced and recorded with German artist Zedd. Other singles released from the album include “One Last Time” and “Best Mistake” featuring hip hop artist Big Sean. Ariana’s vocal style has often been compared to Mariah Carey due to her versatility of range. Other influences cited by Ariana include Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera. Numerous awards and nominations have helped solidify Ariana’s career in the entertainment industry. After capturing Kids’ Choice and Hollywood Teen TV awards for her acting, she went on to win an American Music Award for New Artist of the Year in 2013. She also captured a Best Pop Video award during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.