With her sultry singing voice and tremendous vocal range, there’s no doubt about it: Ariana Grande is one of the greatest pop stars of all time. The awarding bodies definitely agree, with her having won a Grammy, three AMAs, and a whole bunch of other awards. She’s even gotten recognition as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world in two separate years. All this at the tender age of 25, going on 26.
Although Ariana’s somewhat ambiguous appearance has caused a fair bit of confusion among fans. Is she black? Latina?
The question lingers:
“What nationality is Ariana Grande?”
What Country Is Ariana Grande From?
If you’re asking what country she’s from specifically? Ariana Grande’s nationality is American.
If you’re asking what Ariana Grande’s ethnicity is? She’s actually Italian. In a 2011 tweet, she described her ancestry: “I am Italian American, half Sicilian and half Abruzzese.”
Sicily and Abruzzo are both among the twenty regions of Italy, with Abruzzo towards the east of Rome and Sicily a large island to the south of the Italian Peninsula.
She is the daughter of Joan Grande, CEO of communications systems manufacturer Hose-McCann Communications, and Edward Butera, who owns a graphic design firm in Florida. Her name comes from the character of Princess Oriana, who appeared in Felix the Cat: The Movie.
Where Was Ariana Grande Born?
Ariana Grande was born Ariana Grande-Butera on June 26, 1993, in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to Ariana’s birth, her parents lived in New York.
Joan herself was born in Brooklyn, born and raised a New Yorker. Speaking of her mother in a Complex interview, Ariana said, “She’s the most badass, independent woman you’ll ever meet—not the cookies-in-the-oven type".
Edward, on the other hand, was from New Jersey. He was Joan’s second husband, and they met in the early 90s, getting married in Manhattan in 1992. They split up in 2002 and officially divorced in August 2003, though he’s still based in Florida with his full-service creative design firm, ibi designs.
In an interview with Billboard, Ariana described her early life: “My brother and my mom and my grandparents were always there. And my dad, until my parents split up when I was 8 or 9."
In August 2013, Ariana and her father lost contact. "It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it," she said in a 2014 interview with Seventeen.
Her Rise To Fame
Ariana Grande’s biography reads like a textbook Disney star’s life story. She started as a child in local musicals, performing at the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater, the oldest children’s theatre in the state. She starred in the theatre’s production of Annie and had appearances in The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.
She first appeared on TV when she was 8 years old, singing the national anthem for a Florida Panthers game.
At age 13, she auditioned for the Broadway musical 13. “I auditioned for 13, and out of thousands of kids they picked me, and I was so blessed,” she said in the Complex interview. She’d been cast in a supporting role, and won a National Youth Theatre Association Award for it.
Her breakout TV role was in 2009 on the Nickelodeon show Victorious, in which she played Cat Valentine. The role brought her fame and success, but she still really wanted to pursue a career in music. She made several appearances on the soundtracks of the series, and in 2011, she debuted in pop with a song called “Put Your Hearts Up.”
Her very first album, Yours Truly, came out in August 2013 to great success, and she never looked back.
Where Is Ariana Now?
Today, Ariana Grande owns several different properties. One of which is her huge five-bedroom mansion atop a hill in Beverly Hills, and features a gorgeous view.
She also has a $16 million Manhattan condominium that she purchased with her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson.
She’s currently embarking on the Sweetener World Tour to promote her albums Sweetener and thank u, next, getting a tremendously positive reception from fans and critics alike.
With all those notches on her belt, she’s definitely a Dangerous Woman in the pop industry!
Birth name: Ariana Grande-Butera
Date of Birth: June 26, 1993
Height and Weight: 1.53m, 47kg
Measurements: 32-24-32 inches