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Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26th, 1993) is an American actress, model and singer who currently plays Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious.Ariana is also known for playing the role of Charlotte for the musical 13 on Broadway (Elizabeth Gillies also starred in 13 as Lucy) which won her a National Youth Theater Association Award. She played the role of Miriam in the first reading of the new musical Cuba Libre composed by Desmond Child. She has worked with Grammy-winning composers including Diane Warren. In summer 2009 and summer 2011, she taught music and dance to children in South Africa as a member of Broadway in South Africa. She is the younger sister of actor, producer and director Frankie Grande, and has appeared as a contestant in a celebrity episode of the Nickelodeon game show BrainSurge. Ariana also does popular impressions of people on her YouTube channel, including Shakira, Britney Spears and others.

Grande is currently working on her solo music career while filming Victorious. She has covered many popular songs such as "Love The Way You Lie", "Born This Way/Express Yourself", "Grenade" and "Vienna" (originally by Billy Joel). She sang an original song called "Suitcase" live and has also recorded a song called "Stick Around" with Graham Phillips (He is also in 13 as the lead role of this Musical), written by Peter Stengaard and Leslie Satcher. Ariana performed the National Anthem for the first LIVE ESPN broadcast of the Anthem for the Florida Panthers (NHL) when she was 8 years old. Her back-up dancers include/have included Ian Paget, Isaac Calpito, her brother Frankie, Mike Shawn, Emmanuel "Manny" Hernandez, Shane, Scott Nicholson, Brian Nicholson, and Jordan Viscomi.


She is currently writing songs for an upcoming solo album. Her first single "Put Your Hearts Up", co-written by her, Linda Perry and Matt Squire. Because of the feedback from her fans, the single was released on iTunes on December 12, 2011, which was earlier than planned release date. The official music video was released on Valentine's Day, 2012, on YouTube. On December 28, 2011, she performed at Irving Plaza in New York, which got sold out. She also debuted another song, "Honeymoon Avenue" in her show. On her twitter, she reveal that another song in her album will be titled, "Pink Champagne".[5][6] She debuted this song in mid-February via her concert at The Roxy. She will soon be releasing a new single called "Do You Love Me?" The song is a duet with LMFAO's Sky Blu.

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