Ariana Grande Fun Facts

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Ariana Grande is a globally well-known American singer, songwriter, and actress. She began her music career at age 15. She gained fame for playing Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious from 2010 to 2013. From 2013 to 2014, she reprised her role in the comedy television series sam & Cat.

Her 2020 collaborations with Justin Bieber, Stuck with U, and Lady Gaga, Rain on Me, helped her break the record for number-one debuts on the Hot 100, the latter gaining the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Ariana Grande released her R&B sixth studio album, Positions (2020), and its title track debuted at number one in the UK and US. In 2021, she had her sixth US number-one after starring on the remix of The Weeknd’s Save Your Tears.

30+ Ariana Grande Fun Facts

Full name is Ariana Grande-Butera.

She’s Named After a Character from Felix the Cat: Ariana’s parents decided on the name Ariana after falling in love with the character Princess Oriana in Felix the Cat, an old comedy cartoon from the early 1900s. Although she normally goes by her full first name, Ariana, she does additionally take the nickname Ari.

Ariana isn’t an Only Child: Ariana actually has an older half-brother who is ten years her senior. His name is Frankie Grande and he is also a quite talented songwriter with a successful music career of his own
Ariana attended Pine Crest School and North Broward Prepatory School.

Her favorite subject in school was science.

Ariana Loves Dogs: She loves dogs so much in fact, that she doesn’t just have one, she has six. Their names are Coco, Fawkes, Ophelia, Cinnamon, Toulouse, and Sirius Black (as a homage to her Harry Potter obsession of course!)

Her First Big Break: After having success in local productions, Ariana’s first big break on the national scene came at the age of 15 when she was cast in the role of Charlotte in the Broadway show called “13.” This role won Ariana a coveted National Youth Theatre Association Award.

Ariana Grande was the first artist in the Billboard Hot 100 to debut all of her lead singles from 5 different albums in the top 10.

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Ariana Grande has now reached the mark of 160 awards in the US.

Ariana Loves “The Wizard of Oz”. Ariana said that her favorite movie growing up was “The Wizard of Oz.” Because of this, it is no surprise to learn that the first song that she remembers singing is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Ariana is a Self-Professed Harry Potter Fan.

Ariana’s fan base are called Arianators. However, on March 27, 2014, Ariana said she wanted her fan base to be called “the loves” rather than Arianators, since then she frequently tweets to her fans calling them “my loves”, this didn’t catch on!

She is Not Proud of Her First Song: Ariana has expressed disappointment in her first song, “Put Your Hearts Up.” The 2011 song was an anthem of positivity, however, Ariana said after the fact that it felt inauthentic and fake to her.

Ariana Grande is only 5′ 3″ tall but don’t comment as she has a larger-than-life stage presence.

Ariana Loves to Impersonate Other Celebrities for Fun: Ariana has a true gift for delivering on-point impersonations of other popular celebrities. In addition to her delightful impersonation of Jennifer Lawrence on “Saturday Night Live,” Ariana also showed off her skills on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where she impersonated musical artists such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera

She is a Disney Fanatic: Ariana adores the House of Mouse, choosing to spend her 21st birthday at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. To commemorate the day, she noshed on a four-tier Cinderella-themed cake and also got to hang with Mickey Mouse.


Why the Iconic Ponytail? Ariana is known for her signature ponytail look; however, she does not necessarily rock this look by choice. She once revealed that she only wore her hair this way because she needs to hide how damaged her tresses are as a result of the constant coloring that she had to endure when performing as Cat Valentine in the sitcom Victorious on Nickelodeon. She also went on to perform in the spin-off of the tv show, Sam & Cat, which required even more dying of her hair.

Ariana is Generous with Her Money: There is no doubt that Ariana is generous with her money, giving to a wide array of causes. In 2016, she launched her own line of cosmetics through MAC, with 100% of the proceeds going to the cause of AIDS research.

Ms Grande Boasts an Italian Heritage: Many of her fans mistakenly believe that Ariana is Latina, simply because she grew up in South Florida. However, she is actually Italian with family roots in both the Abruzzo and Sicily regions of the European nation. Take note, Ariana was almost born in New York, as her parents moved to Florida just before she was born.

Ariana Grabde Was Hit by a Hockey Puck, Not Once But Twice: Ariana grew up a fan of the NHL’s Florida Panthers hockey team, often getting lucky enough to sit in the front row at many games. This can mostly be attributed to the fact that she grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. Unfortunately, she was hit by a puck at two different games in 1998, causing minor bruising but no serious injuries.ArianaShe Was Hit by a Hockey Puck, Not Once But Twice: Ariana grew up a fan of the NHL’s Florida Panthers hockey team, often getting lucky enough to sit in the front row at many games. This can mostly be attributed to the fact that she grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. Unfortunately, she was hit by a puck at two different games in 1998, causing minor bruising but no serious injuries.

Ariana Go to Her First Concert Until 2011: For someone who is an international pop sensation now, you may be surprised to find out that she didn’t attend a concert until 2011. And this concert was none other than fellow pop star Katy Perry who would go on to inspire Grande in her own music career.
“Baby, I” Was Not Written for Ariana: As one of her biggest hits, it is hard to imagine “Baby, I” being performed by anyone else except for Ariana. However, the song was originally written for Beyonce, who turned it down, paving the way for Ariana to record it. This song was one of the biggest hits in her debut album, Yours Truly.

The singer Believes in Demons: As further evidence of her dark side, Ariana once said that she believes in demons. She even used to keep a folder filled with pictures of demons that she later deleted after she said weird things kept happening to her.

Ariana’s natural hair is brown & curly.

Ariana is Hypoglycemic: Ariana is candid about her health issues, including her diagnosis of being hypoglycemic. Also known as having low blood sugar, this health condition makes her prone to a variety of symptoms such as dizzy spells and shakiness.

Ariana Loves Jim Carrey and His Film “Bruce Almighty”: Ariana has repeatedly said that “Bruce Almighty” is her favorite film of all time, calling it the “greatest movie ever.” She loves its star, Jim Carrey, so much that she reportedly cried after meeting him for the first time.

She Loves Anything in the Horror Genre: Ariana has a self-described dark side, loving horror movies, dressing up in scary costumes and makeup, and scary things in general. Knowing all of this, it is not surprising to learn that her favorite holiday is Halloween.

One of her favorite board games is Monopoly and she says she never gets sick of them even when the games are very long.

Phobia of Heights: Ariana has gone on record saying that she is terrified of heights. However, this fear does not stop her from indulging in riding roller coasters, one of her greatest passion.

Ariana’s Strong Role Model: Ariana is rightfully proud of the success of her mother. Joan Grande is a CEO of a company and has always been a strong professional role model for her daughter to follow. She also has always looked up to her father, Edward Butera, who is a very successful graphic designer. This is why she occasionally goes by a hyphenated last name, as Ariana Grande-Butera, in order to pay homage to both the role models in her life.

Two of her fashion icons are Marylin Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

Ariana joined YouTube on January 21, 2007.

Ariana put her hands in cement at Planet Hollywood, New York, on December 22, 2011.

Ariana Grande was the first artist in the Billboard Hot 100 to debut all of her lead singles from 5 different albums in the top 10

Which awards has Ariana Grande won?

BRIT Awards

Ariana has been nominated at the BRIT Awards four times, all for the same award -International Female Solo Artist. Ari was first nominated for the gong in 2016 and lost out to Björk, before winning it in 2019 as well as picking up two more nominations in 2020 and 2021.

Grammy Awards

She’s had a whopping 12 Grammy nominations – two of which she’s won. Her nominations have been: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Bang Bang’ with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj and Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘My Everything’ in 2015; Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘Dangerous Woman’ and Best Pop Solo Performance for the song of the same name in 2017.

Ari was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘God Is a Woman’ and Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘Sweetener’ – which she won – in 2019; and Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘Thank U, Next’, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for ‘7 Rings’ and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Boyfriend’ (with Social House) and ‘Rain on Me’ with Lady Gaga, which she also won in 2021.


She’s received a whopping 25 MTV European Music Award nominations, winning three: Best Song for ‘Problem’ featuring Iggy Azalea and Best Female Artist in 2014, and Best US Act in 2016.


Ariana has had a head-spinning 30 MTV Video Music Award nominations, winning nine: Best Pop Video for ‘Problem’ featuring Iggy Azalea in 2014, Best Pop for ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ in 2018, Best Art Direction for ‘7 Rings’, Song of Summer for ‘Boyfriend’ with Social House and Artist of the Year in 2019.

She also won Song of the Year, Best Cinematography and Best Collaboration for ‘Rain On Me’ with Lady Gaga as well as Best Music Video From Home for ‘Stuck with U’ with Justin Bieber – all in 2020.

People’s Choice Awards

From winning the award for Favorite Breakout Artist way back in 2014, Ariana has come a long way in the People’s Choice Awards – being nominated 22 times and winning three. Ari bagged herself the Social Celebrity of the Year Award and the Female Artist of the Year in 2020.

Guinness World Records

Ariana her fair share of Guinness World Records under her belt, including, but not limited to: Fastest time for a music track to reach 100 million streams on Spotify, Most viewed VEVO video in 24 hours, Most streamed track in one week by a female artist on the Billboard charts all for ‘Thank U, Next’ and Most streams on Spotify in one year for a female musician all in 2018.

In 2019, she was awarded Most subscribers for a musician on YouTube (female), Most followers on Instagram for a female, Most streamed track on Spotify in one week (female) and Most streamed track on Spotify in one week, both for ‘7 Rings’.

2020 saw the addition of various other records, including: First solo artist to replace themselves at No.1 on UK singles chart for two consecutive weeks, Most songs to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Fastest hat-trick of UK No.1 singles by a female artist.

Ariana also came second in a Top 10 chart of the most tweeted-about artists of 2019 – a pretty huge feat!

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