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Pop princesses come in all manner of packages. There’s the feisty rebel type; the smiley showgirl; those brooding mistresses of gloom. And then there’s the rarest breed of them all: the startling songbird. This is the talent that possesses a vocal range that can shatter glass at a thousand yards and make the hairs at the back of your neck stand on end. Ariana Grande has one of those voices that truly does stop you in your tracks, and no amount of music snobbery or poisonous gossip-mongering can diminish a gift that will surely see her extraordinary career develop strongly in the decades to come.

Ariana had set her sights on the stage at an early age and her professional career began on Broadway when she won a supporting role in the musical 13. She’d developed her craft by working with children’s theatre groups in her native Florida, where she’d been born in 1993. The spell as cheerleader Charlotte in 13 earned her a National Youth Theatre Association Award in 2008 and proved the springboard for a role in the Nickelodeon TV channel’s sitcom Victorious.

The show began filming in October 2009 and Ariana’s part as the cute and kooky redhead Cat Valentine was well received. She swiftly picked up a sizeable fan following and the series was a hit for the network, soon leading to a second run being commissioned. Ariana says she enjoyed playing the part, but admits that acting wasn’t then as important to her as recording music. The opportunity to contribute to the show’s soundtrack release was unsurprisingly seized upon by the rising star.

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