Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester, England, Monday was jolted by a terrorist attack that killed at least 22 and injured 50 others, is a chart-busting pop-star juggernaut whose personal worth has been reported to be $35 million. She is a singer and actress whose career has spanned theater, television and motion pictures.
Grande’s music career started with the soundtrack “Music from Victorious.’’ That was followed by her debut studio album “Yours Truly’’ in 2013 that debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “The Way,’’ opened in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album, “My Everything,’’ also debuted at No. 1 in the United States in 2014. Singles from that album kept her on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for 34 straight weeks, and she had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014.
Grande leveraged her television stint on the Nickelodeon cable channel to vault her singing career. She appeared on the Nickelodeon series “Victorious” beginning 2009 for four seasons, and that was followed by her appearance on the series “Sam and Cat.’’
She began her stage career by appearing on Broadway in 2008.
The 23-year-old Florida native has not avoided controversy. In July 2015, she was seen on surveillance video in a doughnut shop licking doughnuts on display and saying “I hate Americans. I hate America. This is disgusting.’’ Grande was forced to respond to the criticism, saying she is “extremely proud to be an American” and that her comments pertained to American obesity. She also released a video apology for “behaving poorly.”