Ariana Grande (AKA: Ari, Little Red) has a vocal range that rivals Mariah Carey
, but she is known first and foremost as an actress. She was born on June 26, 1993, in Boca Raton, Florida. Right from the start, Ariana was doing big things and impressing critics wherever she traveled. In 2008, she won the National Theatre Association Award for her leading role as Charlotte in the Broadway musical 13
. Ariana has a soulful tone to her voice that gives her a mature
sound which most vocalists would kill for. In 2013, she won the American Music Award for New Artist of the Year and in January 2014 she won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist. She has been invited to sing the National Anthem at various sporting events, including the first televised game for the Florida Panthers hockey team. Grande's first
album was a hit and her future seems to be filled with all sorts of musical possibilities. Ariana is most famous for her role as Cat Valentine on two shows for the Nickelodeon television network. Her character has bright locks the color of a red velvet cake; the loud hair is the director's way of making Ariana's character stand out from the crowd. She stars with Jennette McCurdy
in the double series spin-off Sam and Cat
. The quirky dynamic between Jennette's tough exterior and Ariana's bubbly, ditzy personality has kids in stitches. Ariana was the opening act for Justin Bieber's Belive Tour in 2013, and she will be headlining her own tour very soon.