Freida Pinto is an Indian actress who has appeared mainly in American and British films. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and decided when she was young that she would become an actress. As a student at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, she took part in amateur plays. After graduation, she briefly worked as a model and then as a television presenter.
Pinto rose to prominence through the 2008 British drama Slumdog Millionaire, her first appearance in a film. She won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was nominated for various awards at the British Academy Film Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Teen Choice Awards. She has appeared in several American and British productions, often playing supporting roles. Her biggest commercial success came with the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Pinto received major attention for portraying the title character in Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna (2011). Her performance in the biographical drama Desert Dancer (2014) received critical acclaim.
Although the Indian media has credited Pinto with breaking the stereotypical image of an Indian woman in foreign films, she has been a lesser-known figure in Indian cinema and has not featured in any prominent productions in India. Along with her film career, she promotes humanitarian causes and is vocal about women’s empowerment.
Sienna Miller born in New York City but raised in London, she began her career appearing in British films, with a supporting role in 2004’s crime thriller Layer Cake, followed by Alfie (also 2004). In 2006, Miller portrayed the lead role of Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl, followed by a supporting role in Stardust (2007). In 2008, she was nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Miller would garner mainstream attention in the late 2000s for her role in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), and received critical acclaim for her role as Tippi Hedren in the television film The Girl (2012), for which she was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
In 2014, she starred in two biographical dramas, Foxcatcher (2014), playing Nancy Schultz, and American Sniper (2014), portraying Taya Kyle. The following year, she starred in the dystopian drama High-Rise and the independent drama Mississippi Grind, which debuted to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, Miller portrayed Nina Fawcett, wife of ill-fated British explorer Percy Fawcett, in the adventure drama The Lost City of Z and gangster moll Emma Gould in the crime drama Live by Night.
Emeraude Toubia is Best Known For The Freeform fantasy TV series Shadowhunters in which she portrayed the character of Isabelle Lightwood. She previously appeared on the Venevisión telenovelas Cosita linda as Dulce Rincón and Voltea pa’ que te enamores as Stephanie Karam. Among her other notable television series are Nuestra Belleza Latina and Model Latina in both of which she was a contestant.
Courtney Stodden is Best Known For Her early marriage to an older man (with an age gap of 35 years), Doug Hutchison. She married to him on May 20, 2011, when she was only 16.
Courtney Stodden and Shondo Blades on the beach in Malibu
Courtney Stodden and Shondo Blades share a kiss on the beach in Malibu
COURTNEY STODDEN AT LOCANDA VANETA ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN LOS ANGELES
COURTNEY STODDEN AT STAR MAGAZINE’S HOLLYWOOD ROCKS EVENT AT 1OAK IN LOS ANGELES
Courtney Stodden At The Ivy In Beverly Hills
Courtney Stodden Braless
COURTNEY STODDEN IN BIKINI AND HULA HOOP AT A BEACH IN LOS ANGELES
COURTNEY STODDEN IN BIKINI AT A BEACH IN LOS ANGELES
Courtney Stodden in Bikini at the Beach in Santa Monica
COURTNEY STODDEN LEAVES THE LAUGH FACTORY IN LOS ANGELES
Courtney Stodden See Through
Courtney Stodden shows some PDA at the Laugh Factory with her boyfriend in West Hollywood
Courtney Stodden strips fully naked for bed tease
Courtney Stodden Tits Nipple Slip
Courtney Stodden was spotted in white body without bra in West Hollywood
Night Out At Pump Restaurant In LA
Night Out At Pump Restaurant In LA
Courtney Stodden Wet Nipples Of The Day
Born Name Courtney Alexis Stodden
Occupation Reality television personality, model, singer
Years active 2009–present
Born: August 29, 1994, 23 years and 9 months, Tacoma, Washington, United States
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Height 5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
Measurements 37-23-35 in or 94-58.5-89 cm
Bra Size 32E
Due to her voluptuous looks, she was bullied by her classmates. As a result, she left the school and started educating herself from an online private Christian academy, “Alpha Omega”. So, she was homeschooled.
Father – Alex John Stodden
Mother – Krista Kay Keller Stodden
Siblings – She has two older sisters
Krista Stodden, Courtney’s mother.
After competing in beauty pageants in her home state of Washington, then 16-year-old Stodden came to international attention when she married then 50-year-old actor Doug Hutchison in 2011. The media attention surrounding Stodden and her marriage led to her appearing in numerous reality television series, including Couples Therapy (with Hutchison) and Celebrity Big Brother.
Courtney Alexis Stodden was born on August 29, 1994, in Tacoma, Washington, to Alex John Stodden and Krista Kay Keller. She has two older sisters, Ashley and Brittany. Stodden describes her childhood as “beautiful and fun,” stating that she was “extremely spoiled, in a good way.” She was raised in Ocean Shores, Washington.
In 2011, Stodden said that she dropped out of high school because she was bullied over “the way she looks”, and continued her education by being home schooled through an online private Christian academy.
Stodden began in the entertainment industry by competing in a beauty pageant, the Miss Teen Washington USA pageant in 2010. She then ventured into modeling. As of 2011, her measurements are listed as 36-23-35, and she is 5 feet, 4 inches (162 cm) in height. Stodden’s mother, Krista Keller, initially served as her manager, but Keller quit in the spring of 2015, citing “creative differences”. Stodden is currently managed by Hutchison.
In July 2012, Stodden and Hutchison were interviewed about their relationship on the Fox talk show Father Albert, in an episode of ABC’s Good Morning America, and E! News.
The couple appeared as cast members in the second season of the VH1 reality television series Couples Therapy, which premiered in October 2012. The series features publicly known couples receiving therapy for relationship problems. According to Stodden, the couple enrolled in therapy in order to resolve issues that arose in their marriage from their age difference. Despite the criticism leveled at the couple, and her own reservations about the dynamic of their relationship, Dr. Jenn Berman, the Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist who worked with the couple during their appearance on the show, stressed that she does not believe that Hutchison is, or was, seeking out young people, saying, “He’s not a predator. He’s not someone, who if Courtney left him, would be trolling the Internet or high schools for underage girls. That’s not his m.o. This is not a guy who was seeking out teenagers. He was teaching a class, she wanted to be an actress, it was an acting class… And that’s how it started.”
Though Berman was eventually surprised by the dynamic between the two, she commented on her initial hesitations about working with the couple, saying, “I believe it was the wrong decision to let a 16-year-old marry a man in his 50s. It’s uncomfortable to see… at first I said to my producer, ‘I think this guy is a pedophile…I don’t know if I can work with these people.’ I don’t condone it, but I do see that this is a married couple that is genuinely married and they have marital issues that needed to be worked on. I came in saying, ‘She’s a victim, he’s a predator.’ What I found out was that she has a lot more power in this relationship and he is far more powerless than I expected. His family has completely disowned him… He unfortunately has nothing besides her.” Hutchison was also defended by Stodden’s mother, Krista Keller, who praised Hutchison for the kindness with which he treats Stodden.
In August 2013, Stodden became a housemate on the twelfth season of the British version of Celebrity Big Brother but was evicted on Day 21, two days before the season finale, after receiving the least amount of votes to save against Carol McGiffin, Louie Spence, Mario Falcone and Vicky Entwistle.
On March 18, 2014, the video for 50 Cent’s “Don’t Worry Bout It” was released, featuring a cameo appearance by Stodden. That August, Stodden appeared in an episode of the Reelz reality television series Hollywood Hillbillies.
On May 14, 2015, Vivid Entertainment released a solo sex tape created by Stodden. Stodden stated that she would donate what she was paid to charity.
On August 19, 2015, Rich Kid Mafia (RKM), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company whose primary services include artist management, digital marketing and music production, signed Stodden to an exclusive international management and development deal. Stodden appeared alongside her mother in the 2016 Lifetime series The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition. The same year, she made her feature film debut in the independent film Love Addict.
In 2018, Stodden announced she was recording an extended play, which she likened to “Lil Peep meets Lana Del Rey.” In March 2018, discussing her separation from husband Hutchison, she admitted to often “playing a caricature” with the media, which she likened to the personas of Anna Nicole Smith and Marilyn Monroe: “I decided, at 23, that ‘I’m not gonna play this anymore. I’m just going to be myself.'” she said. “I want to be honest [now], and potentially help people.”
Stodden is a vegetarian, having chosen the diet because she “never felt right eating animals before”, and because of lactose intolerance, as she explained in a Couples Therapy bonus clip. She later clarified in 2014 that she was in fact not lactose intolerant, and that her empathy for animals was her sole reason for her vegetarianism. She began the diet a month prior to filming “Playing By The Rules”, an October 2012 episode of Couples Therapy’s second season. Stodden has attempted to follow a vegan diet, but chose instead to follow a vegetarian diet due to fewer food restrictions. She has promoted the vegetarian lifestyle on PETA’s behalf.
Stodden has said in interviews that she identifies as a Christian. She commented: “I am a Christian girl. It may come as a surprise to some people that I support gay marriage. I believe wholeheartedly in “Do not judge others.” Let people live their lives and be happy. That’s what the bible teaches—love one another.”
In June 2013, Stodden had breast augmentation surgery to increase her breast size from a size C to a size DD.
Relationship with Doug Hutchison
At age 16, the aspiring pop music singer signed up on the Internet for an acting workshop taught by actor Doug Hutchison, on the recommendation of a friend of her maternal aunt, who worked in Hollywood, and knew Hutchison. Hutchison, who did not realize that she was a teenager, began a courtship with her over the Internet that lasted between four and six months, during which they fell in love before having met in person. After Hutchison became aware of Stodden’s age, he told her mother, Krista, who had monitored their online exchanges, and was aware of their relationship and their age difference, that he would cease his relationship with Stodden if her parents disapproved. Her parents, citing Stodden’s “devout Christianity”, allowed her to make her own decision.
On May 20, 2011, Stodden married Hutchison in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stodden was his third wife. Their relationship drew controversy and criticism, as Stodden was 16 when she married 50-year-old Hutchison, who has been labeled a “pedophile” and “predator”. It was also reported that Stodden’s father was four years younger than his son-in-law Hutchison. According to Hutchison, as a result of his marriage to Stodden, his agent quit, his family disowned him and he received death threats.
On November 1, 2013, the media reported that Stodden and Hutchison were ending their marriage of two and a half years. Stodden later told Fox News that their 34-year age gap was a primary contributing factor for their divorce. In a subsequent interview, Stodden said that the split and impending divorce was amicable, that Hutchison was continuing to co-manage her career, and that the experience of their marriage didn’t sour her on older men. On November 9, 2013, the two signed a legal separation document. The document said though they confirmed terms of their legal separation, they would continue to live together at their residence. In August 2014, the couple announced that they had reconciled, with plans to renew their wedding vows later that year.
It was announced on May 17, 2016 that Stodden and Hutchison were expecting their first child. In mid July, around three months into her pregnancy, Stodden announced she had suffered a miscarriage. On May 20, 2016, the pair celebrated their fifth anniversary by renewing their wedding vows.
In January 2017, it was reported that Stodden and Hutchison have separated. However, they are still living together for the time being. In March 2018, she filed for divorce.
First TV Show
She has guest appeared in numerous television series in 2011 like Good Morning America, E! News, Father Albert, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers.
She works out and has posted her video regarding the same.
Courtney Stodden Facts
She has 2 dogs – Tuna and Bizarre.
She is an aspiring pop music and country music singer.
Courtney’s childhood was “beautiful and fun” and she was extremely spoiled but in a good way.
There was a huge difference in her looks at 14 only. At 11, she looked normal, but gradually enlarged her breasts and started looking like a very matured person when she was 14 years old.
She released a single – “Don’t Put It On Me” in 2010.
On behalf of PETA, she has promoted the vegetarian lifestyle.
She was Miss Ocean Shores (Washington) Teen USA 2009.
She is lactose intolerant.
Elle Fanning is Best Known For Her starring roles in Phoebe in Wonderland (2008), Somewhere (2010) and We Bought a Zoo (2011). She is also known for her starring roles in Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere, We Bought a Zoo, Ginger and Rosa, Maleficent, and The Neon Demon. She is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning. In 2011, Fanning starred in her breakout role as Alice Dainard in J. J. Abrams’ sci-fi-drama, Super 8, for which she received positive reviews and a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Helen Flanagan is best known For Playing Rosie Webster in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street for 12 years from 2000 to 2012 and reprised the role in 2017. She was voted the most attractive British celebrity in the 2013 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.
Helen in FHM UK September 2014
Helen FHM UK September 2014
Helen in FHM UK
in FHM UK September 2014
Helen in The Sun Magazine
Helen in The Sun Magazine Photoshoot 2014
Helen - The Sun Magazine Photoshoot 2014
Helen in The Sun Magazine 2014
Helen Photoshoot 2014
Helen Flanagan in The Sun Magazine Photoshoot 2014
Helen Flanagan in playboy bunny girl
Helen in Orange Lingerie in Nuts magazine
Helen Flanagan actress in Nuts VIP Magazine – January 2014
Helen Flanagan in Nuts VIP Magazine – January 2014
Helen Flanagan in Nuts VIP Magazine – January 2014
Helen in Nuts Magazine – 11th April, 2014
Helen Flanagan in Nuts Magazine – 11th April, 2014
Helen Flanagan in Nuts Magazine – 11th April, 2014
Helen Flanagan actress in Black Bikini in Majorca
Helen Flanagan actress bikini in Maldives
Helen Flanagan actress bikini in Maldives
Helen at 2013 FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World Party
Nick Name: Helz
Age: 27 years and 11 months
Sun Sign: Leo
She naturally has “Light Brown” hair. But, dyes them differently depending upon the need of the role such as dark brown or blonde.
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
Measurements: 37-25-36 in or 94-63.5-91.5 cm
Bra Size: 32E or 32DD
Distinctive Features: Large breasts
Flanagan went to Westholme School in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Father – Paul Flanagan
Mother – Julia Flanagan
Siblings – Unknown
She is signed to Vivien Wilde Artist Management.
She attended Westholme School in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Flanagan first appeared as Rosie Webster in Coronation Street in January 2000. In 2006, she was nominated for the award of “Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor or Actress” at the British Soap Awards, losing to Ellis Hollins of Hollyoaks. In 2007, she was nominated for “Villain of the Year” at the same awards, this time losing to Coronation Street co-star Jack P. Shepherd. In 2010, Flanagan appeared in Coronation Street spin-off Coronation Street: A Knights Tale as her character Rosie Webster. Then in 2011, she had her own Coronation Street spin-off Just Rosie, which explored her character Rosie Webster trying to build a modelling career in London. In October 2011, Flanagan announced that she would leave Coronation Street in February 2012 to pursue other interests.
In November 2012, Flanagan participated in the twelfth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, finishing in seventh place out of the 12 celebrities who appeared.
In September 2013 she appeared in Celebrity Super Spa, a reality-television programme based in a Liverpool Salon on Channel 5. Also in 2013, Flanagan appeared in the music video for ‘The Neo-Kalashnikovs’ song “Gorgeous Baby”.
In January 2014, Flanagan starred in an episode of Celebrity Wedding Planner along with Hugo Taylor on Channel 5. The following August she appeared as agency nurse Kirsty Brompton in an episode of Holby City.
In October 2016 it was announced Flanagan would reprise her role as Rosie in Coronation Street in February 2017.
Flanagan posed topless as a Page 3 girl in the 10 September 2013 edition of The Sun.
Flanagan has been in a relationship with Celtic FC winger Scott Sinclair since 2009, with whom she lives. In December 2012, she spoke of her battle with depression and anxiety, and stated that she had been prescribed medication for ADHD and bipolar disorder.
In June 2013, Flanagan and Sinclair’s house in Prestbury, Cheshire was burgled. Flanagan was at home on the night of the incident; the thieves escaped with a mobile phone and items of jewellery. She was reported by her spokesman to be “naturally very shaken” but “unharmed”.
Flanagan and Sinclair’s daughter, Matilda Jessica Sinclair, was born on 29 June 2015
In 2014, Helen Flanagan played the role as Rachel Roberts in the comedy film Fizzy Days.
First TV Show
From 2000 to 2012, she appeared in British TV soap opera Coronation Street for her role as Rosie Webster. She appeared in more than 900 episodes.
She does exercises taking the help from a personal trainer. She knows how to shed off excess weight from the right areas. She does workout for five days in a week and one hour daily.
She is afraid of heights, also known as acrophobia.
Due to anxiety and depression in December 2012, she was prescribed medication for ADHD and bipolar disorder.
She has posed topless for The Sun as a Page 3 girl, published on September 10, 2013.
For the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013 poll, she was voted as the most attractive British candidate.
She has a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe‘s face on the underside of the left forearm.
In 2012, she participated in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and was placed seventh.
Michelle Williams is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for four Academy Awards and one Tony Award.
Michelle Williams in Synecdoche, New York
Michelle Williams in Me Without You
Michelle Williams in Me Without You
Michelle Williams in Incendiary
Michelle Williams in Incendiary
Michelle Williams in If These Walls Could Talk
Michelle Williams in If These Walls Could Talk
Michelle Williams in underwear shoot for GQ
Michelle Williams in a Bikini
Michelle Williams in a Bikini
Michelle Williams as Marylin Monroe
Michelle Williams in vogue magazine
Michelle Williams in If These Walls Could Talk
Michelle Williams in If These Walls Could Talk
actress Michelle Williams at the premiere of Brokeback Mountain in New York
Michelle Williams actress in maxim magazine
Michelle Williams actress in bikini
Michelle Williams actress in bikini
Actress Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams in movie "Dick"
actress Michelle Williams in underwear shoot for GQ
Born Name Michelle Ingrid Williams
Occupation Actress, film producer
Years active 1993–present
Age: September 9, 1980, 37 years and 10 months, Kalispell, Montana, United States
Sun Sign Virgo
Height 5 ft 4 in or 163 cm
Measurements 33-24-34 in or 84-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Eye Color Hazel
Hair Color Blonde
Actress, film producer
Michelle went to Upper School of Santa Fe Christian Schools in California until ninth grade.
She switched to homeschooling due to bullying and her interest in acting. She was home tutored by her dad.
Father – Larry Richard Williams (Author and Commodity Trader)
Mother – Carla Ingrid (née Swenson) (Homemaker)
Siblings – Paige Williams (Younger Sister), Jason Williams (Older Half-Brother), Kelley Williams (Older Half-Sister), Sara Williams (Older Half-Sister)
Michelle has Norwegian ancestry with partly English, Danish, German, Swedish, Scottish, Swiss, and Welsh ancestry.
The daughter of the politician and trader Larry R. Williams, Williams was raised in Kalispell, Montana and San Diego, California. She began her career at a young age with television guest appearances, and made her feature film debut in the family film Lassie (1994). At 15, she gained emancipation from her parents, and soon achieved public recognition for her leading role in the television teen drama series Dawson’s Creek (1998–2003). She followed it by featuring in small-scale films that were not widely seen before achieving her breakthrough with the tragic romance Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which she received her first Oscar nomination.
Williams continued to gain critical praise for her leading roles in the independent films Wendy and Lucy (2008) and Blue Valentine (2010), and achieved mainstream success with roles in Martin Scorsese’s thriller Shutter Island (2010) and Sam Raimi’s fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for portraying Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011), and gained acclaim for her supporting role in the tragedy Manchester by the Sea (2016). On Broadway, Williams appeared in revivals of the musical Cabaret in 2014 and the drama Blackbird in 2016. She received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination for the latter.
Williams is reticent about her personal life. She was in a relationship with the actor Heath Ledger for three years, with whom she has a daughter.
Early life and career
Williams was born on September 9, 1980 in Kalispell, Montana to Carla, a homemaker, and Larry R. Williams, an author and commodities trader. She is of Norwegian descent. When she was a child, her father twice ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate as a Republican Party nominee. In Kalispell, Williams lived with her younger sister, Paige, and three half-siblings from her father’s first marriage. Although she described her family as “not terribly closely knit”, she shared a close bond with her father, who encouraged her to form a reading habit and develop an independent personality. Williams has recounted fond memories of her growing up in the vast landscape of Montana. The family relocated to San Diego, California, when she was nine. She said of the experience, “It was less happy probably by virtue of it being my preteen years, which are perhaps unpleasant wherever you go.”
As a child, Williams kept to herself and was self-sufficient; as she has said, “I was really secretive with my parents and I think I sort of continued that… I found that by keeping to myself I got on OK. I don’t know why.” She became interested in acting at an early age when she saw a local production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Williams’ first screen appearance was as Bridget Bowers, a young woman who seduces Mitch Buchannon’s son, Hobie, in a 1993 episode of the television series Baywatch. The following year, she made her film debut in the family film Lassie, about a young boy’s (played by Tom Guiry) bond with the titular dog. Williams played the love interest of Guiry’s character, which led Steven Gaydos of Variety to take note of her “winning perf”. She next took on guest roles in the television sitcoms Step by Step and Home Improvement, and appeared in the brief part of Sil, a character played in adulthood by the actress Natasha Henstridge, in the 1995 science fiction film Species.
By 1995, Williams had completed ninth grade at Santa Fe Christian Schools in San Diego. However, she disliked going there as she did not get along with other students. To focus on her acting pursuits, she left the school and enrolled for in-home tutoring. At age 15, with her parents’ approval, Williams filed for emancipation from them, so she could better pursue her acting career with less interference from child labor work laws. To comply with their guidelines, she completed her GED through correspondence in nine months. She later regretted not getting a proper education.
Following in her father’s footsteps, in 1997 Williams entered the Robbins World Cup Championship of Futures Trading which she won by turning $10,000 into more than $100,000. With a return of 900%, Williams is currently ranked as the third highest winner of the competition since it began in 1984.
1996–2000: Dawson’s Creek and transition to adult roles
Following her emancipation, Williams relocated to Los Angeles, and lived by herself in Burbank. Describing her initial experience in the city, she said, “There are some really disgusting people in the world, and I met some of them.” To support herself, she took assignments in low-budget films and commercials. She had minor roles in the television films My Son is Innocent (1996) and Killing Mr. Griffin (1997), and featured alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange in the drama film A Thousand Acres (1997). Williams later described her early work as “embarrassing”, saying that she took these roles to support herself as she “didn’t have any taste or ideals”. At 17, unhappy with the roles she was being offered, Williams collaborated with two other actresses to write a script named Blink, about prostitutes living in a Nevada brothel, which despite selling to a production company was never made.
In 1998, Williams began starring in the television teen drama series Dawson’s Creek, created by Kevin Williamson and co-starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson. The series aired for six seasons from January 1998 to May 2003, and featured Williams as Jen Lindley, a precocious and promiscuous New York-based teenager who relocates to the fictional town of Capeside. The series was filmed in the small-town of Wilmington, North Carolina, where Williams relocated for the next six years; she preferred living there over Los Angeles. In a review of the first season for The New York Times, Caryn James considered the series to be “pure soap, redeemed by intelligence and sharp writing” and found Williams “too earnest to suit this otherwise shrewdly tongue-in-cheek cast”. Ray Richmond of Variety labelled it “an addictive drama with considerable heart” and found all four leads to be “highly appealing”. Dawson’s Creek was a rating’s success and raised Williams’ profile, but she found it difficult to come to terms with her sudden fame. Her first film release since the commencement of Dawson’s Creek was the slasher film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), starring Jamie Lee Curtis. The seventh instalment in the Halloween film series, it featured Williams as one of several teenagers traumatised by a murderer. It earned $55 million against its $17 million budget.
Williams credited Dawson’s Creek as “the best acting class”, but later admitted that she had not been fully invested in it as “my taste was in contradiction to what I was doing every single day”. She filmed the series for nine months each year, and spent the remaining time playing against type in independent features, which she considered to be a better fit to her personality. She said that the financial stability of a steady job empowered her to act in such films. Williams found her first such role in the comedy Dick (1999), a parody about the Watergate scandal, in which she and Kirsten Dunst played young girls obsessed with Richard Nixon. Praising the film’s political satire, Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly credited both actresses for playing their roles with “screwball verve”. Also that year, Williams played a small part in But I’m a Cheerleader, a satirical comedy about conversion therapy.
Keen to play challenging roles in adult-oriented projects, Williams spent the summer of 1999 starring in an Off-Broadway play named Killer Joe. Penned by Tracy Letts, it is a black comedy about a dysfunctional family who kill their matriarch for insurance money; Williams was cast as the family’s youngest daughter. The production featured gruesome violence and required Williams to perform a nude scene. Her socially conservative parents were displeased with it, but Williams said that she found it “cathartic and freeing”. Her next role was in the HBO television film If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000), a drama about three lesbian couples in different time periods. Williams agreed to the part after ensuring that a sex scene between Chloë Sevigny and her was pertinent to the story and was not meant to titillate. In a mixed review of the film, Ken Tucker criticized Williams for overplaying her character’s eagerness. When asked about playing a series of sexual roles, Williams said, “I don’t think of any of them as sexy, hot girls. They were just defined at an early age by the fact that others saw them that way.” She subsequently made an effort to play roles that were not sexualized.
2001–2005: Independent films and Brokeback Mountain
The British film Me Without You (2001) about an obsessive female friendship featured Williams opposite Anna Friel. She played Holly, an insecure bibliophile, a part Williams believed came closest to her personality. The writer-director Sandra Goldbacher was initially reluctant to cast an American in a British part, but was impressed by Williams’ self-depreciating humor and a “European stillness” that she found in her. Roger Ebert praised Williams’ British accent and found her to be “cuddly and smart both at once”. Williams returned to stage the following year in a production of Mike Leigh’s farce Smelling a Rat. Her part, that of a scatterbrained teenager exploring her sexuality, led Karl Levett of Backstage to credit her for being “a first-class creative comedienne”. Also in 2002, Williams played a supporting role in the Christina Ricci-starring Prozac Nation, a drama about depression based on Elizabeth Wurtzel’s memoir.
Dawson’s Creek completed its run in 2003, and Williams was pleased with how it had ended. She relocated to New York City soon after. She had supporting parts in two art-house films that year—the drama The United States of Leland and the comedy-drama The Station Agent. In the former, starring Ryan Gosling, she played the grieving sister of a murdered boy. Reviews were mostly negative, with The Globe and Mail’s Liam Lacey calling it “neither an insightful nor well-made film”. The Station Agent, about a lonely dwarf (played by Peter Dinklage), featured Williams as a librarian who develops an attraction towards him. Critically acclaimed, the film’s cast was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. On stage, Williams played Varya in a 2004 production of Anton Chekhov’s drama The Cherry Orchard, alongside Linda Emond and Jessica Chastain, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The theatre critic Ben Brantley wrote that “she cannily plays her natural vibrancy against the anxiety that has worn the young Varya into a permanent high-strung sullenness”.
The German filmmaker Wim Wenders wrote the film Land of Plenty (2004), which investigates anxiety and disillusionment in a post-9/11 America, with Williams in mind. Kevin Thomas of Los Angeles Times praised Wenders’ thoughtful examination of the subject and took note of Williams’ “quietly lovely” appeal. She received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for the film. Williams next appeared in Imaginary Heroes, a drama about a family coping with their son’s suicide, and played an impressionable young woman fixated on mental health in the period film A Hole in One. Neither film was well received. Williams returned to the comedic genre with The Baxter, in which she played a geeky secretary. The film received negative reviews; Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe wrote, “Only when Williams is around does the movie seem human, true, and funny. Even in her slapstick there’s pain.” As with her other films during this period, it only received a limited release and was not widely seen.
Williams gained wider recognition later in 2005 when she appeared in Ang Lee’s romance Brokeback Mountain, about the tragic romance between two men, Ennis and Jack (played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, respectively). Impressed with her performance in The Station Agent, the casting director Avy Kaufman recommended Williams to Lee. He found a quality of vulnerability in her and cast her as Alma, the wife of Ennis, who is unaware of her husband’s homosexuality and subsequent infidelity. Williams was emotionally affected by the story, and in spite of her limited screen time, was drawn to playing a woman constricted by social mores of the time. Labelling Williams as the standout among the cast, Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine credited her for “fascinatingly spiking her unspoken resentment for her sham of a marriage with a hint of compassion for Ennis’s secret suffering”. Brokeback Mountain proved to be Williams’ most widely seen film to that point, earning $178 million against its $14 million budget. It won three Academy Awards and Williams gained a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
2006–2010: Work with auteurs
Williams had two film releases in 2006. She played a woman with “no eyebrows and this insane gray mop of hair” in The Hawk Is Dying, co-starring Paul Giamatti. Five months after giving birth to her daughter, she returned to work on Ethan Hawke’s directorial venture The Hottest State, based on his own novel. A review in Variety mentioned that she was underused in it. Following the awards season success of Brokeback Mountain, Williams was unsure of what to do next. After six months of indecision, she agreed to a small part in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (2007), a musical inspired by the life of Bob Dylan. She was attracted to the part of an enigmatic seductress named S in the 2008 crime thriller Deception. The film, which co-starred Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, was considered by critics to be middling and predictable. In her next release, Incendiary, based on Chris Cleave’s novel of the same name, Williams reteamed with McGregor to play a woman whose family is killed in a terrorist attack. In his review for The Independent, Robert Hanks called it “sloppy” and said that Williams deserved better.
Williams’ two other releases of 2008 were better received. The screenwriter Charlie Kaufman was impressed with her coming timing in Dick and thus cast her in his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, an ensemble experimental drama headlined by Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was a box office bomb and polarized critics, although Roger Ebert named it the best film of the decade. Two days after finishing work on Synecdoche, New York, Williams began filming Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy, which centers on Wendy, a poor and lonesome young woman who travels with her dog, Lucy, in hopes of finding employment. With a shoestring budget of $300,000, the film was shot on location in Portland, Oregon, with a largely volunteering crew. Williams had just broken up with Ledger and was glad for the anonymity the project provided. She was pleased with Reichardt’s minimalistic approach and identified with her character’s self-sufficiency and fortitude. Sam Adams of Los Angeles Times found Williams’ performance to be “remarkable not only for its depth but for its stillness” and Mick LaSalle commended her for effectively conveying a “lived-in sense of always having been close to the economic brink”.
While filming in Sweden for her next project, Mammoth (2009), news broke that Ledger had died from a drug overdose. Although Williams continued filming, she later said, “It was horrible. I don’t remember most of it.” Mammoth was directed by the Swedish director Lukas Moodysson and featured her and Gael García Bernal as a couple dealing with issues stemming from globalization. Her role was that of an established surgeon, a part she deemed herself too young to logically play. For her next project, Martin Scorsese cast her opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the psychological thriller Shutter Island. Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, it featured her as a depressed housewife who drowns her own children. The high-profile production marked a departure for her, and she found it difficult to adjust to the slower pace of filming. In preparation, she read case studies on infanticide. After finishing work on the film in 2008, Williams admitted that playing a series of troubled women coupled with her own personal difficulties had taken an emotional toll on her. She took a year off work to focus on her daughter. Shutter Island released in 2010 and was a commercial success, accumulating over $294 million in box office receipts.
Williams was initially reluctant to accept Derek Cianfrance’s offer to star in the romantic drama Blue Valentine, as filming in California would take her away from her daughter for too long. Keen to have her in the film, Cianfrance decided to film it near Brooklyn, New York, where Williams lived. Co-starring Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine is about the tribulations faced by a disillusioned married couple. Before production began, Cianfrance had Williams and Gosling live together for a month on a stipend that matched their character’s income. This exercise led to conflicts between them, which proved conducive for filming their character’s deteriorating marriage. On set, she and Gosling practised method acting by largely avoiding the script and improvising several scenes. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. A. O. Scott found Williams to be “heartbreakingly precise in every scene” and praised the couple for being “exemplars of New Method sincerity, able to be fully and achingly present every moment on screen together”. Williams received Best Actress nominations at the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award ceremonies.
In her final film release of 2010, Williams reunited with Reichardt for the western Meek’s Cutoff. Set in 1854, it is based on an ill-fated historical incident on the Oregon Trail, in which the frontier guide Stephen Meek led a wagon train through a desert. Williams starred as one of the passengers on the wagon, a feisty young mother, who is suspicious of Meek. In preparation, she took lessons on firing a gun and learned to knit. Filming in extreme temperatures in the desert proved arduous for Williams, although she enjoyed the challenge. Reviewing the film for The Arizona Republic, Bill Goodykoontz said, “Much like the film, Williams’ performance is patient, revealing itself slowly.”
2011–2016: My Week with Marilyn and Broadway
In 2011, Williams played the actress Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, a drama depicting the troubled production of the 1957 comedy The Prince and the Showgirl, based on accounts by Colin Clark, who worked on the film. Initially skeptical to play Monroe, as she had little in common with her looks or personality, Williams spent six months researching her by reading biographies, diaries and notes, and studying her posture, gait, and mannerisms. She also gained weight for the part, bleached her hair blond, and on days of filming, spent over three hours applying make-up. Williams recreated a performance of Monroe singing and dancing to “Heat Wave”, and she sung several other songs for the film’s soundtrack. Roger Ebert considered Williams’ performance to be key to the film’s success, and credited her for successfully evoking multiple aspects of Monroe’s personality. Peter Travers opined that despite not physically resembling Monroe, she had “with fierce artistry and feeling [illuminated] Monroe’s insights and insecurities about herself at the height of her fame”. Williams won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and received her second consecutive Oscar nomination for it.
In Sarah Polley’s romance Take This Waltz (2011), co-starring Seth Rogen and Luke Kirby, Williams played a married writer attracted to her neighbour. Though she considered it to be a light-hearted film, Jenny McCartney of The Daily Telegraph found a darker undertone to it, and favourably compared its theme to that of Blue Valentine. To play a part that would appeal to her daughter, Williams starred as Glinda the Good Witch in Sam Raimi’s fantasy picture Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). Based on the Oz children’s books, it served as a prequel to the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz. It marked her first appearance in a film involving special effects, but Williams was not intimidated by the challenge, crediting Raimi for making her comfortable with the process. The film earned over $490 million worldwide to emerge as her highest-grossing release. Suite Française, a period drama that Williams filmed in 2013 was released in a few territories in 2015 but was not thetarically released in America. She later regretted working on the project. Displeased with the film roles she was being offered, Williams spent the next few years working on stage.
Keen to work in a musical, Williams took on the role of Sally Bowles in a 2014 revival of Cabaret, which was staged at Studio 54 and marked her Broadway debut. Jointly directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, it tells the story of a free-spirited cabaret performer in 1930s Berlin during the rise of the Nazi Party. Before production began, she spent four months privately rehearsing with music and dance coaches. She read the works of Christopher Isherwood, whose novel Goodbye to Berlin inspired the musical, and visited Berlin to research Isherwood’s life and inspirations. Critical consensus on her performance was mixed; Jesse Green of New York magazine wrote that “she acts the hell out of the role” but Newsday’s Linda Winer found her “timid” and “bland”. The rigorousness of the assignment led Williams to consider Cabaret to be the “hardest work of my life”.
Following Cabaret, Williams was eager to return to stage, saying, “It’s harder than movies, and I’m hooked on the hard thing.” She found the part in a 2016 revival of the David Harrower play Blackbird. Set entirely in the lunchroom of an office, it focusses on a young woman, Una (Williams), who confronts a much-older man (played Jeff Daniels) for having sexual relations with her when she was 12 years old. Williams, who had not seen previous stagings of the play, was drawn to the ambiguity of her character and found herself unable to distance herself from it after each performance. Hilton Als of The New Yorker found Williams’ “daring and nonjudgmental embodiment of her not easily assimilable character” to be the production’s highlight. She received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play nomination for Blackbird.
Williams returned to film in 2016 with supporting roles in two small-scale dramas—Certain Women and Manchester by the Sea. The former marked her third collaboration with Kelly Reichardt, and told three interconnected narratives based on the short stories of Maile Meloy. As with their previous collaborations, the film featured minimal dialogues and required Williams to act through silences. Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea starred Casey Affleck as a depressed man who separates from his wife (Williams) following the death of their children. Williams agreed to the project to work with Lonergan, whose work she admired, and in preparation, she visited Manchester to interview local mothers about their lives. She also worked with a dialect coach to adopt a Massachusetts accent. Despite the film’s bleakness, Williams identified with her character’s desire to reclaim her life in the face of tragedy. Justin Chang wrote in his review that despite her brief role, Williams “has one astonishing scene that rises from the movie like a small aria of heartbreak”. She received her fourth Academy Award nomination for it, her second in the Best Supporting Actress category.
2017–present: Mainstream films
Williams began 2017 with a cameo in Todd Hayne’s drama Wonderstruck, following which she appeared in the musical film The Greatest Showman. Inspired by P. T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, the film featured Williams as Charity, the wife of Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman). She compared her character’s disposition to that of Grace Kelly and considered it to be a rare “joyful part” for her. She sang two songs for the film’s soundtrack—”A Million Dreams” and “Tightrope”. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly found the film to be lavish yet shallow and felt that Williams had been underutilized in it. The film earned over $200 million against a $84 million budget.
Williams next took on her first leading film role since 2013 in Ridley Scott’s crime thriller All the Money in the World. She starred as Gail Harris, whose son, John Paul Getty III, is abducted for ransom. She considered the role to be a major opportunity for her as she had not been at “the center of something of this kind of magnitude before”. Production was marred with difficulties when Kevin Spacey, who played J. Paul Getty, was accused of sexual misconduct a month before the film’s release. He was replaced with Christopher Plummer, and Williams reshot her scenes days before the release deadline. It was later reported that her co-star Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to Williams’ $1,000 for the reshoots, sparking a debate on gender pay gap in the industry. The film was positively reviewed; David Edelstein of New York bemoaned that the controversy had taken attention away from Williams’ work, writing that “through the tension in her body and intensity of her voice, Williams conveys the terror of losing a son”. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for it.
As of January 2018, Williams has three upcoming projects. She has filmed the part of a powerful executive to Amy Schumer’s under-confident employee in the comedy I Feel Pretty. She will star as Ann Weying in the superhero film Venom, co-starring Tom Hardy as the titular antihero. Williams has also committed to play the singer Janis Joplin in a biopic directed by Sean Durkin.
Williams began dating Australian actor Heath Ledger, her Brokeback Mountain co-star, in 2004 after meeting on the set of the film. In late April 2005 People reported that Williams and Ledger were expecting a child together. On October 28, 2005, Williams gave birth to their daughter Matilda Rose Ledger. During Williams and Ledger’s time together, they lived in Brooklyn, New York. By September 2007, the couple had amicably ended their three-year relationship. Of the break-up, People quoted her telling Elle magazine, “I didn’t know where to go. I couldn’t imagine any place in the world that was gonna feel good to me.” After Ledger’s death from a combined drug intoxication (CDI) in January 2008, Willliams and her daughter became of media interest and were often followed by paparazzi. Williams rarely gave interviews until the end of 2009.
On February 1, 2008, in her first public statement after Ledger’s death, Williams expressed her heartbreak and described Ledger’s spirit as surviving in their daughter, who resembles him. Later that month she attended his memorial and funeral services.
In July 2008, Williams began dating director Spike Jonze. They met on the set of Synecdoche, New York, which Williams starred in and Jonze produced. Williams called the timing of their relationship “impossible”, and ended it in September 2009.
In the media
Williams was the face of Boy by Band of Outsiders’ Fall 2008 collection. She was also the face of the brand’s Spring 2012 campaign. In July 2013, Williams became the new face of Louis Vuitton handbags. In July 2014, she became the face of Louis Vuitton Jewellery collection. In May 2017, Williams became the face of Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer Sunglasses collection. A saffron Vera Wang dress, which she wore to the Academy Awards in March 2006, has been cited by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of the Best Oscar dresses of all time.
Acting credits and awards
Main articles: Michelle Williams on screen and stage and awards and nominations
According to the review-aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes and the box office site Box Office Mojo, Williams’ highest-grossing and most acclaimed films include The Station Agent (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Blue Valentine (2010), Shutter Island (2010), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Manchester by the Sea (2016), Certain Women (2016), and The Greatest Showman (2017). Among her stage roles, she has appeared on Broadway in revivals of Cabaret in 2014 and Blackbird in 2016.
Williams has been nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Manchester by the Sea (2016); and Best Actress for Blue Valentine (2010) and My Week with Marilyn (2011). She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for My Week with Marilyn (2011) and has been nominated five more times: Best Actress in a Drama for Blue Valentine (2010) and All the Money in the World (2017); and Best Supporting Actress, for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Manchester by the Sea (2016).
Best Known For
Portraying Jen Lindley on the WB’s teen drama series Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in a total of 118 episodes.
She first appeared in 1994 adventure family film Lassie for her role as April Porter.
First TV Show
In 1993, Michelle was seen in a single episode of action drama series Baywatch for her role as Bridget Bowers.
Michelle’s weight fluctuates depending upon her roles in the films. For instance, she gained a few pounds to play curvy Marilyn Monroe in the My Week with Marilyn (2011). Later in 2013, she had to shed off that extra weight for the film Oz the Great and Powerful.
But, she never did exercise in her entire life until late 2012 when she tried a group exercise class.
She now practices yoga also to keep herself stress-free.
Michelle Williams Favorite Things
Actress – Katharine Hepburn
Novel – Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov
Michelle Williams Facts
Michelle’s dad was a 2-time Republican candidate for the United States Senate.
Michelle has a dog named Lucky.
As a kid, she was self-sufficient and was secretive with her parents.
At the age of 9, she relocated with her family to San Diego, California from rural Kalispell, Montana.
She started taking interest in acting after seeing the musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at a young age.
Her dad being a commodity trader, she also tried her luck in that in 1997 when she participated in the Robbins World Cup Championship of Futures Trading. She successfully converted $10,000 to $100,000.
Michelle faced intense bullying in ninth grade.
Michelle likes to read books in her free time.
She legally got liberation from her parents at 15. This also made her free from child labor work laws.
Michelle was also the executive producer of Blue Valentine (2010). She also starred in the film.
Michelle once wrote a script called “Don’t Blink.” She sold it but no film/ TV show was made out of it.
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps are the godparents of Michelle’s daughter Matilda.
During the filming of Prozac Nation (2001), she and Christina Ricci shared the same room.
In 1992, Michelle appeared in “Swan’s Crossings” dolls commercial.
Michelle has also been into many print ads such as
“Boy” by Band of Outsiders (2008, 2012)
Louis Vuitton Handbags (2013, 2014)
Louis Vuitton Jewellery (2014)
Selena Gomez appeared to be referring to the loss of her friend when she wrote on Instagram that it was kinda hard to go out
Selena Gomez overcomes sadness at tragic death of her make-up artist friend Williams with the help of Michelle Williams at InStyle Awards.
The star’s make-up artist Jake Bailey was found dead last week in an apparent suicide.
Ariana Grande is Best Known For Working in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious as Cat Valentine from 2010 to 2013. As of June 2017, Grande’s music videos had been viewed a total of more than nine billion times online.
Ariana Grande began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious, and in the spinoff Sam & Cat until 2014. She has also appeared in other theatre and television roles and has lent her voice to animated television and films.
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Born Name Ariana Grande-Butera
Nick Name Ari, Little Red, AG, Ar
Age: June 26, 1993, 25 years and 0 months, Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Occupation Actress, Singer, Dancer, Voice Artist
Years active: 2008–present
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Her natural hair color is considered to be dark brown. She dyes them according to her roles in the TV shows and movies. Grande had previously dyed them red.
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height: 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
Measurements 32-24-32 in or 81-61-81 cm
Bra size 32A
Distinctive Features Different hair colors, Dimple on left cheek, High-pitched voice
She is of Italian descent with half Sicilian and half Abruzzese.
Ariana Grande attended North Broward Preparatory School, a high school which she left to join the musical. After that, she was homeschooled as the school continued to send her all the required study material. So, she could study with the help of home tutors.
Her career is managed by Scooter Braun.
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Voice Artist
Father – Edward Butera (Owner of a graphic design firm in Boca Raton)
Mother – Joan Grande (Served as the CEO of Hose-McCann Communications)
Siblings – Frankie Grande (Older Half-Brother) (Performer and Producer)
Pop Rock, Pop, R&B
Instruments: Vocals, piano
Ariana Grande’s music career began in 2011 with the soundtrack Music from Victorious. In 2013, she released her first studio album Yours Truly, which entered atop the US Billboard 200.
The album’s lead single, “The Way”, opened in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with critics comparing her wide vocal range to that of Mariah Carey.
Grande’s second studio album, My Everything (2014), entered at number one in the US and charted in the top 10 in 24 other countries. With the lead single “Problem” and several other singles, she was continuously in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for 34 weeks and had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. The next year, Grande gave her first world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, to promote My Everything. In 2016, she released her third studio album Dangerous Woman, which charted at number two on the Billboard 200. The title track debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Grande the first person in the history of that chart to have the lead singles from each of their first three albums debut within the top 10 in the US.
In 2017, Araiana Grande gave her international Dangerous Woman Tour.
Her accolades include three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and four Grammy Award nominations.
All three of her albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. Ariana Grande has supported a range of charities and has a large following on social media.
In 2016, Time named Grande one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual list
Ariana Grande Butera is the daughter of Joan Grande, the chief executive officer of Hose-McCann Communications, a telephone and alarm system company, and Edward Butera, a graphic design firm owner in Boca Raton. Grande is of Italian descent, and her name was inspired by Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat: The Movie. She has an older half-brother, Frankie Grande, an entertainer and producer, and she has a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Grande. Grande’s family moved from New York to Florida when her mother was pregnant with her, and her parents separated when she was around 8 or 9 years old.
As a child, Ariana Grande performed with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater, playing her first role as the title character in Annie. She also performed in the musicals The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast.
At the age of 8, she performed at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship and with various orchestras such as South Florida’s Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops and Symphonic Orchestras, and she made her first national television appearance singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Florida Panthers.
She attended Pine Crest School and North Broward Preparatory School.
By age 13, Ariana Grande became serious about pursuing a music career, though she still concentrated on theater. When she first arrived in Los Angeles to meet with her managers, she expressed a desire to record an R&B album: “I was like, ‘I want to make an R&B album,’ They were like ‘Um, that’s a helluva goal Who is going to buy a 14-year-old’s R&B album'”
In 2008, Grande was cast in the supporting role of cheerleader Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award.
When she joined the musical, Grande left North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled; the school sent materials to her so she could study with tutors.
She also sang various times at the New York City jazz club Birdland.
Ariana Grande recorded her first studio album Yours Truly, originally titled Daydreamin, over a three-year period. It was released on August 30, 2013. She is credited as a songwriter on several tracks of the album. In September 2013, it debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, with 138,000 copies sold in its first week, making Grande the first female artist since Kesha to have her first album debut atop the charts and ranking her the 15th female artist overall. Yours Truly also debuted in the top 10 in several other countries, including Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
By April 2014, the album had sold over 500,000 copies in the United States, and later it became Grande’s first platinum album.
The lead single “The Way”, featuring Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, debuted at No. 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at No. 9 for two weeks, and spent 26 weeks on the Hot 100. Grande was later sued by Minder Music for copying the line “What we gotta do right here is go back, back in time” from the 1972 song “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” by The Jimmy Castor Bunch.
Following the release of the album, Billboard magazine ranked Grande at No. 4 on their list of “Music’s Hottest Minors 2013”, an annual ranking of the most popular musicians under the age of 21.
The second single, “Baby I”, debuted at No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it her second Top 40 hit. The song also debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, making Grande the only female music artist to debut two songs in the top 10 of the Hot Digital Songs chart during the year 2013. The third single, “Right There”, featuring Detroit rapper Big Sean, debuted at No. 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Ariana Grande recorded the duet “Almost Is Never Enough” with Nathan Sykes of The Wanted. She also joined Justin Bieber on his Believe Tour for three shows and kicked off her own headlining mini-tour, The Listening Sessions.
At the 2013 American Music Awards, she won the award for New Artist of the Year.
She released a four-song Christmas EP, Christmas Kisses in December 2013. Christmas Kisses received critical praise for its “R&B spin” on the Christmas classics.
Grande received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award from the Music Business Association, recognizing her achievements throughout 2013, including her No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and her top 10 single on the Hot 100.
By January 2014, Grande had begun recording her second studio album, with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and record producers Benny Blanco and Max Martin. Grande is credited as a songwriter on several tracks of the album. The same month, she earned the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People’s Choice Awards 2014.
In March 2014, Grande sang at the White House concert, “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House”. The following month, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Grande again to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll event.
Ariana Grande released her second studio album My Everything on August 25, 2014. It sold 169,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming her second consecutive No. 1 album in the US. Its lead single “Problem” features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and premiered at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27. The song debuted at No. 3 (eventually climbing to No. 2) on the Billboard Hot 100, and debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grande’s first No. 1 single in the United Kingdom. It made British chart history as the first song to land at No. 1 based on sales and streams. The song was the highest debut ever for a collaboration of female soloists. The second single, “Break Free”, featuring German musician and producer Zedd, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The futuristic video has been viewed more than 800 million times. She performed the song as the opening of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, and won Best Pop Video for “Problem”. That video has been viewed more than one billion times. She and Nicki Minaj provided guest vocals on “Bang Bang”, the lead single from Jessie J’s album Sweet Talker. The song reached No. 3 in the US, making it Grande’s third song in the Hot 100’s top 10 the same week (“Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”), and went to No.1 in the UK. She joined Adele as the only female artist with three top 10 hits simultaneously as a lead artist. The music video for “Bang Bang” has been viewed more than one billion times on YouTube.
Rolling Stone magazine wrote, “My Everything is where the 21-year-old Nickelodeon starlet grows up. It’s a confident, intelligent, brazen pop statement, mixing bubblegum diva vocals with EDM break beats”. Billboard’s review noted that My Everything is not kid-friendly, like Grande’s earlier efforts:
She has pulled more sounds into her repertoire while keeping her biggest weapon, a remarkable vocal range, as a steady foundation. My Everything is a less cohesive project than Yours Truly, although its best moments eclipse the highs of Grande’s 2013 debut. The singles “Problem” and “Break Free” remain dizzying dance tunes, and back-to-back solo songs “One Last Time” and “Why Try” possess the types of flawless melodies that are typically reserved for the world’s biggest pop divas. The back half of the album’s many collaborations are hit-or-miss.
On September 27, 2014, Grande was the musical performer on the season 40 premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with Chris Pratt as the host. Three days later, the third single from My Everything, “Love Me Harder”, featuring Canadian recording artist The Weeknd, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, later peaking at No. 7.
In November 2014, Grande was featured in Major Lazer’s song “All My Love”, which was released as the fourth single from the soundtrack album for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
The same month, Grande released a Christmas song titled “Santa Tell Me”. Spending 34 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014, Grande had the most top 10 singles of any artist that year. She later released a fifth single from My Everything, “One Last Time”, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. By April 2015, the album had sold over 600,000 copies in the US and is certified double platinum by the RIAA.
In early 2015, Grande embarked on The Honeymoon Tour, with shows in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The tour earned $14 million in its first 25 performances, selling 290,699 tickets. Following the tour’s early success, more dates were added, and the tour concluded in October 2015 after a total of nearly 90 dates. Reviews of the tour performances generally praised Grande’s vocals and ability to convey emotion in the songs but found the concerts to be over-produced: “Some judicious editing would’ve elevated the evening from surprising to satisfying and possibly even shockingly good. As it is, Grande is so busy piling on the spectacle she neglects to highlight the one thing – those deceptively powerful pipes – setting her apart from her contemporaries.”
Araiana Grande was featured on Cashmere Cat’s song “Adore”, which was released in March during her Honeymoon Tour; a review in USA Today said: “Grande’s towering vocals have never sounded better than on this offbeat R&B track.” Also in 2015, Grande guest-starred on several episodes of the Fox comedy-horror TV series Scream Queens as Chanel #2. She also launched her first fragrance “Ari by Ariana Grande”. Grande filmed an episode for the Fox TV reality series Knock Knock Live, but the show was cancelled before her episode aired.
Araina Grande began recording songs for her third studio album, originally titled Moonlight, in 2015. In October of that year, she released the single “Focus”, initially intended as the lead single from the album; the song debuted at No. 7 on the Hot 100. The song’s music video has been viewed more than 700 million times on YouTube She also signed an exclusive publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group covering her entire catalogue, duetted in Italian with Andrea Bocelli on the track “E Più Ti Penso” from his album Cinema and on an accompanying video, covered the song “Zero to Hero” from the film Hercules for the compilation album We Love Disney, and was featured, along with Meghan Trainor, on Who Is Fancy’s song “Boys like You”. Grande also released her second Christmas EP, Christmas & Chill, which debuted at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart.
In March 2016, Grande released “Dangerous Woman” as the lead single from the retitled album of the same name. The single debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Grande’s seventh top 10 entry on that chart. She is the first person in the history of the Hot 100 to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top 10. The song later peaked at No. 8 on the Hot 100. On March 12, 2016, Grande appeared as host and musical guest of Saturday Night Live, where she performed “Dangerous Woman” and debuted the promotional single “Be Alright”, which she released on March 18. The song charted at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Grande garnered positive reviews for her appearance on the show, including praise for her impressions of various singers, some of which she had done on The Tonight Show. Jonathon Dornbush of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Grande “not only nailed her musical performances, but also shone as the best part of some of the night’s sketches”, including a “shockingly good” Jennifer Lawrence impression, continuing, “Grande proved she could hold her own amongst the SNL players.” Stephanie Webber of Us Weekly called her “really, really talented”. Grande won an online voting poll on Entertainment Weekly as the “best host of the season”.
In May 2016, among other appearances to promote the album, on The Voice season 10 finale, Grande performed the second single from the album, “Into You”, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and duetted with Christina Aguilera on “Dangerous Woman”.
Araiana Grande released her third studio album Dangerous Woman on May 20, 2016; it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 in the UK, No. 2 in Japan, and No. 1 in several other markets, including Australia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Taiwan. Nolan Feeney commented in Entertainment Weekly that Grande “pulls off pop, R&B, reggae, and house – all without overextending herself or pandering to trends”. Mark Savage, writing for BBC News, called the album “a mature, confident record”. At the Summertime Ball at London’s Wembley Stadium in June, Grande performed three songs from the album as part of her set. In August, Grande released a third single from the album, “Side to Side”, featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, her eighth top 10 entry on the Hot 100, which peaked at No. 4 on that chart. The song’s music video has been viewed more than one billion times. The album and the title track were each nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards.
Also in 2016, Grande made a cameo appearance in the comedy film Zoolander 2 starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. She also collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a makeup collection, donating 100% of proceeds to the MAC AIDS Fund, released additional fragrances and launched a fashion line in collaboration with Lipsy London. In August 2016, Grande performed a tribute to Whitney Houston on the season finale of the ABC TV show Greatest Hits and headlined the opening night of Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival, performing a nearly hour-long set of her own songs. Grande filmed a commercial for T-Mobile that premiered in October 2016. She played Penny Pingleton in the December 2016 NBC television broadcast Hairspray Live!. Sonia Saraiya wrote in Variety that Grande was the show’s “MVP, acting as both reliably overlook-able sidekick and, once the situation required it, showstopping diva.” The same month, Grande performed “Faith”, together with Stevie Wonder, on the season finale of The Voice; they collaborated on the song for the soundtrack of the 2016 film Sing. She also participated in the Jingle Ball Tour 2016.
Araiana Grande began her Dangerous Woman Tour in February 2017 in North America and then Europe. Reviewing the concert for Las Vegas Weekly, Ian Caramanzana wrote: “Grande’s burly, soulful vibrato and wide range remain the star of her show, and she’s at her best when it’s just her, a microphone and her band – especially when she performs ballads.” Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the concert “a show of confidence, prowess and aplomb. … Her agile soprano was strong and unconcealed in every song.” After her concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on May 22, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive in the foyer of the arena, causing 23 fatalities and more than 500 injuries. Grande suspended the tour until June 7 and held a televised benefit concert, One Love Manchester, on June 4 at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, helping to raise $23 million to aid the bombing victims and affected families.
Araiana Grande, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and other artists performed. To recognize her efforts, the City Council named Grande the first honorary citizen of Manchester. The tour resumed in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania. It ended in September 2017.
The same year, Grande recorded the title track of the soundtrack for the 2017 live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with John Legend; the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 87. She also appeared in an Apple Music Carpool Karaoke episode, singing musical theatre songs with Seth MacFarlane, and became a brand ambassador for Reebok.
Grande’s music is generally pop and R&B, although it has elements of funk, dance and hip hop. Grande said she grew up mainly listening to urban pop and 90s music. Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly was complimented for recreating the R&B “vibe and feel of the 90s” with the help of songwriter and producer Babyface. The follow-up, My Everything, has been described as an evolution from her first album with a new sound exploring EDM and electropop genres. The Los Angeles Times review of her third album, Dangerous Woman, commented that it is “impressive how fully she inhabits the emotional environment of each song here, even when one directly contradicts another. She’s deft at adapting to different styles”.
Araiana Grande has cited Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey as her major vocal influences, saying: “I love Mariah Carey. She is literally my favorite human being on the planet. And of course Whitney Houston as well. As far as vocal influences go, Whitney and Mariah pretty much cover it.” She describes Gloria Estefan as the person who inspired her to pursue a career in the music industry, after Estefan complimented a performance she saw Grande give on a cruise ship when she was eight years old. She has also cited Fergie, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, India.Arie and Brandy as influences or inspirations. She has praised Imogen Heap’s “intricate” song structure and cited Judy Garland as being a childhood influence, admiring Garland’s ability to tell “a story when she sings”.
Ariana Grande has a four octave soprano vocal range, and the whistle register. With the release of Yours Truly, Grande was deemed the “mini Mariah Carey” and the “new Mariah Carey” by some critics because of her wide vocal range, sound and musical material. Speaking about the comparisons, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd of Billboard wrote that both Carey and Grande have “the talent to let their vocals do the talking that’s not where the similarities end. Grande is subverting it with cute, comfortable, and on-trend dresses with a feminine slant.” Grande responded to the comparisons, “It’s a huge compliment, but when you hear my entire album, you’ll see that Mariah’s sound is much different than mine.” Steven J. Horowitz of Billboard wrote in 2014, “With her sophomore album, the “Problem” singer no longer resembles Carey – and that’s okay.”
Grande’s vocals have gained praise from Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Chris Martin. Katy Perry said that Grande delivers “the best female vocal in pop music today. She has literally … the best voice live.” Mark Savage commented in BBC News: “Ariana Grande is one of pop’s most intriguing and gifted singers. A magnetic performer with unrivalled vocal control”. In 2016, composer and playwright Jason Robert Brown addressed Grande in Time magazine.
No matter how much you are underestimated … you are going to open your mouth and that unbelievable sound is going to come out. That extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument that allows you to shut down every objection and every obstacle. That voice – powered by nothing but your remarkable empathy, your ravenous intelligence, your cool discipline and your voracious ambition.
Ariana Grande’s modest look early in her career was described as “age appropriate”, compared with other pop stars who grew up in the public eye. Jim Farber of New York Daily News wrote in 2014 that Grande received less attention “for how little she wears or how graphically she moves than for how she sings.” That year, she began to wear short skirts and crop tops with knee-high boots in performances and on red carpets. After years of dyeing her hair red to play Cat Valentine, Grande wore extensions while her natural hair grew out. Anne T. Donahue of MTV News called Grande “aesthetically relevant” and argued that her bold and whimsical fashion choices should receive more critical attention.
Grande’s ponytail is … as famous as her voice and … a massive component of the pop culture zeitgeist. While pulling off a high ponytail takes courage and commitment, so does her recent fashion ode to Marilyn Monroe at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards and her homage to crime-fighting heroes in her ‘Dangerous Woman’ cover art. She’s boasted floor-length red gowns, chokers, crop tops, and oversize jackets and everything from theater garb to Mickey Mouse ears to A-line minis. Which, in an industry rich in self-branding, is a beautiful rarity deft whimsy. Dismissing Ariana Grande as a fashion force is an easy and lazy way of categorizing her. Fashion is best when it’s an extension of self and a wearable form of expression. Plus, we know that when we see someone take risks, they understand fashion on an intrinsic level.
Although Ariana Grande drew criticism for allegedly impolite interactions with reporters and fans in 2014, she dismissed these reports as “weird, inaccurate depictions”. After considering the incidents most frequently mentioned in the press and the available evidence, PopSugar concluded that the incidents were “just normal star behavior” and “not the most ideal situation, but … not exactly the sign of a diva”. Rolling Stone wrote: “Some may cry ‘diva’, but it’s also Grande just taking a stand to not allow others to control her image.” In July 2015, Grande was seen on surveillance video in a doughnut shop licking doughnuts that were on display and saying “I hate Americans. I hate America. This is disgusting”, referring to a tray of doughnuts. She apologized, writing that she is “extremely proud to be an American” and that her comments related to American obesity. She later released a video apology for “behaving poorly”. The incident was parodied by The Muppets and featured in Miley Cyrus’ Saturday Night Live cover of “My Way”, about the regrets of the summer of 2015. Grande mocked the incident herself on Saturday Night Live in 2016, saying “A lot of kid stars end up doing drugs, or in jail, or pregnant, or get caught looking at a doughnut they didn’t pay for.”
Journalists and celebrities, such as Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Selena Gomez, commented favorably on Grande’s “empowering” 2015 essay posted on Twitter decrying the double standard and misogyny in the focus of the press on female musicians’ relationships and sex lives, instead of “their value as an individual”. Grande noted that she has “more to talk about” concerning her music and accomplishments, rather than her romantic relationships. In 2016, E writer Kendall Fisher called her “a feminist hero” in an essay examining Grande’s feminist statements.
In 2016, Ariana Grande was listed among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. She received praise for her “grace and strength” in organizing, hosting and performing at the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
In 2017, Mitchell Harrison of Billboard magazine called Grande a “gay icon” for her LGBT-friendly lyrics, performances and “support for the LGBTQ community”. The same year, Celia Almeida wrote for Miami New Times:
Of all of pop music’s biggest stars of the past 20 years, Ariana Grande has made the most convincing and seamless transition from ingénue to independent female artist. She saves the celebration of the joys of liberated sexual exploration for her lyrics. She has traversed into mainstream-pop adulthood relatively unscathed. Grande “Expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect just like wearing a short skirt is not asking for assault.”
All three of Grande’s full-length albums have been certified platinum by the RIAA. Grande has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and has won an MTV Video Music Award, three MTV Europe Music Awards and three American Music Awards. She has received twelve Billboard Music Award nominations. Grande won a 2014 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress for her performance on Sam & Cat. Subsequently, she won two more Kids’ Choice Awards and one People’s Choice Award. In 2014, she received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award from the Music Business Association for excellence during her debut year. At the Bambi Awards, she received the award for Best Newcomer. She also received two of twelve IHeartRadio Music Awards, including the 2014 Young Influencer Award and the Billboard Women in Music Award: Rising Star for her accomplishments in 2014. She has won 10 Teen Choice Awards.
Grande has a large following on social media. As of June 2017, Grande’s YouTube channel Ariana Grande Vevo had accrued more than 15 million subscribers and was ranked as the 25th most subscribed channel, her music videos had been viewed a total of more than eight billion times, her Instagram account had accumulated more than 110 million followers, ranking her as the 2nd most followed person on Instagram, her Twitter account had more than 50 million followers, making it the 16th most followed Twitter account, and her Facebook page had more than 30 million likes.
At the age of ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events and raised over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone. In 2009, as a member of the charitable organization Broadway in South Africa, Grande, along with her brother Frankie, performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa.
She was featured with Bridgit Mendler and Kat Graham in Seventeen magazine in a 2013 public campaign to end online bullying called “Delete Digital Drama”. After watching the film Blackfish that year, she urged fans to stop supporting SeaWorld and became a vegan. In September 2014, Grande participated at the charitable Stand Up to Cancer television program, performing her song “My Everything” in dedication to her grandfather, who had died from cancer that July. Grande has adopted several rescue dogs as pets and promoted pet adoption at some of her concerts. In 2016, she launched with MAC Cosmetics a line of lip shades called “Ariana Grande’s MAC Viva Glam”, of which the profits benefit people affected by HIV and AIDS.
In 2015, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus performed a cover of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” as part of Cyrus “Backyard Sessions” to benefit her Happy Hippie Foundation, which helps homeless and LGBT youths. Later that year, Grande headlined the Dance On the Pier event, part of the LGBT Pride Week in New York City.
In 2016, Grande joined Madonna to raise funds for orphaned children in Malawi.
In 2016, Grande and Victoria Monét recorded “Better Days” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. To aid the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, Grande organized the One Love Manchester concert, donated a rerelease of “One Last Time” and her live performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the concert, and released a live album of the concert. As of August 2017, the total amount raised is reportedly $23 million (more than £17 million). In September, Grande participated in A Concert for Charlottesville, benefiting the victims of the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Ariana Grande was raised a Roman Catholic but abandoned Catholicism during the pontificate of Benedict XVI, citing opposition to the church’s stance on homosexuality, noting that her half-brother Frankie is gay. She has followed Kabbalah teachings since the age of twelve, along with Frankie, believing “the basis lies in the idea that if you’re kind to others, good things will happen to you.” A few of her songs, such as “Break Your Heart Right Back”, are supportive of LGBT rights.
Grande met actor Graham Phillips in the cast of the musical 13 in 2008 and dated him until December 2011. Grande has been dating Mac Miller since September 2016.
She has released a studio album Yours Truly on September 3, 2013 (in U.S. and on August 30, 2013 in Germany) under the Republic Records. The pop album consists of 13 singles, making it a total length of 50:08 minutes.
2013 movie Swindle for her role as Amanda Benson. She was in lead role in the movie with Noah Crawford, Chris O’Neal, Jennette McCurdy, Noah Munck, and Ciara Bravo.
First TV Show
Her debut role in TV series was in The Battery’s Down. She appeared in the TV show in 2009 for her role as Bat Mitzvah Riffer in season 2, episode 2, titled “Bad Bad News”. Though, it was good news for her fans.
Ariana loves to stay fit, do the workout. She reveals that she likes to do an elliptical workout on Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj‘s music. Cardio, which is one of the most important exercises, is done by her in the form of dancing. She wants her readers / followers to try the dance workout in 5-inch heel. This is because it will burn more calories.
Other than these dance rehearsals, she is also able to do some exercises by running behind her puppy, Coco, in order to chase it.
Hiking and meditation are her hobbies and Grande does it on a regular basis. She tries to keep herself full of energy by having dry fruits and nuts like almond, cashews.
She is a vegan and stays away from dairy, and non-vegetarian food.
Ariana Grande Favorite Things
Food – Coconut water
Songs – Beautiful (By Christina Aguilera), What makes you beautiful (By One Direction)
Place – South Africa, Malaysia
Cereal – Cocoa Puffs
Color – Lavender
Fruit – Strawberry
Holiday – Halloween
Movie – Bruce Almighty (2003)
Bands / Artists – Imogen Heap, India.Arie, Madonna
Fitness Role Model – Madonna
Ariana Grande Facts
At 15, she debuted on Broadway with her performance.
Grande’s name had been inspired from Princess Oriana from Felix the Cat.
She has 6 pet dogs, named Coco, Ophelia, Toulouse, Fawkes, Cinnamon, and Sirius Black.
She is a native Floridian.
Grande likes to go to the beach in the middle of the night.
She likes animals more than most people. Ariana likes ocean and sea creatures.
She is afraid of heights but likes to enjoy a roller coaster.
She likes Halloween so much that she wishes every day were Halloween.
At 21, she still has three wisdom teeth left.
She likes scary movies, Paris, musical theater, and romantic novels.
She also sleeps in almost no clothes. And, this was suggested by her grandmother.
At just 10, she co-founded the singing group, consisting of youth, named, Kids Who Care. The group raised $500,000 in 2007 alone for charity purposes.
Grande has appeared on television for her role as Cat Valentine in TV series Victorious (2010-2013), iCarly (2011), Sam & Cat (2013-).
She has given her voice in 2011 in 4 episodes in Winx Club.
On May 22, 2017, after Ariana’s concert at Manchester Arena in England, an attack caused deaths of more than 19 people and many were injured.
Good friend of Elizabeth Gillies
Whenever she likes to cruise down in Beverly Hills, California, Lana Del Rey can be easily seen riding in her 1981 Mercedes Convertible. For a woman with great singing talent and bold fashion statements, it’s only appropriate that she arrives in style. Her ride comes with sporty underpinning and refined luxury, mixed with the V-8 power.
Nick Name: Lizzy, Lana Rey Del Mar, Lizzy Grant, May Jailer, Sparkle Jump Rope Queen
Occupation: Singer songwriter record producer model
Years active: 2005–present
Age: 33 years and 0 months
Height: 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Measurements 34-26-34 in or 86-66-86 cm
Bra size 34A
Sun Sign Gemini
Hair Color She has naturally “blonde” hair. But, she likes to dye them to darker shades.
Eye Color Hazel
Father – Rob Grant (Grey Group copywriter turned entrepreneur)
Mother – Pat Grant (Former Grey account executive)
Siblings – Charlie Grant (Younger Brother), Caroline “Chuck” Grant (Younger Sister) (Lana Del Rey’s photographer)
Others – Madeleine (Grandmother)
Lana is of Scottish descent with Lanarkshire roots.
Hip-hop, alternative rock, Baroque pop, dream pop, indie pop, rock, trip hop
Vocals, guitar, keyboards
5 Points, Stranger, Polydor, Interscope Records
As a model, she was signed to these modeling agencies –
Next Model Management – London
Next Model Management – Paris
Next Model Management – New York
Next Model Management – Los Angeles
She has advertised for H&M, Mulberry, Jaguar (spokesperson) and others.
Del Rey had studied in Connecticut in Kent School, which is a boarding school for three years. Later, she attended Fordham University in the Bronx to study philosophy related subject known as metaphysics.
Lana Del Rey music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.
Raised in northern New York state, Del Rey embarked on a music career in 2005 after moving to New York City, and first received widespread attention in 2011, when the music video for her single “Video Games” became a viral Internet sensation.Del Rey received further recognition after her major-label debut Born to Die peaked at number two on the United States charts and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. A remix of its single “Summertime Sadness”, produced by Cedric Gervais, peaked at number six in the United States, and her extended play Paradise followed that November, garnering Del Rey her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. Three of the EP’s tracks were featured in her short film Tropico (2013).
In 2014, Del Rey released her third studio album, Ultraviolence, which became her first album to reach number one in the United States. In 2015, following a North American tour with Courtney Love and Grimes, Del Rey released her fourth studio album, Honeymoon. Both albums received positive critical response. Her fifth studio album, Lust for Life, was released in 2017. It received critical acclaim, and also became Del Rey’s second album to reach number one in the United States, while also reaching the top ten in almost every other country in which it charted. Lust for Life also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant was born in New York City on June 21, 1985 to Robert England Grant, Jr., a Grey Group copywriter turned entrepreneur, and Patricia Ann “Pat” (née Hill), a former Grey account executive turned high school teacher. She has one younger sister, Caroline Grant, and one brother, Charlie. Her paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a vice president for Plough, Inc and Textron, and venture capitalist. She has Scottish ancestry from both her mother and father.
Del Rey grew up in Lake Placid, New York, and was raised Roman Catholic. She attended a Catholic elementary school and for one year, a high school where her mother taught. She began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. At age fifteen, she was sent to Kent School by her parents to resolve a budding drinking problem. Her uncle, an admissions officer at the boarding school, secured her financial aid to attend.
After graduating, Del Rey was accepted to the State University of New York at Geneseo, but she decided not to attend and instead spent a year living on Long Island with her aunt and uncle while working as a waitress. During this time, Del Rey’s uncle taught her how to play guitar, and she “realized that she could probably write a million songs with those six chords.” Shortly after, she began writing songs and performing in nightclubs around the city under various names such as “Sparkle Jump Rope Queen” and “Lizzy Grant and the Phenomena.” “I was always singing, but didn’t plan on pursuing it seriously”, Del Rey said. “When I got to New York City when I was eighteen, I started playing in clubs in Brooklyn—I have good friends and devoted fans on the underground scene, but we were playing for each other at that point—and that was it.”
The following fall, at age nineteen, she enrolled at Fordham University where she majored in philosophy, with an emphasis on metaphysics. Del Rey has said she chose to study the subject because it “bridged the gap between God and science. I was interested in God and how technology could bring us closer to finding out where we came from and why.” According to Del Rey, she had trouble making friends in both boarding school and college. She lived in The Bronx and later moved to New Jersey while attending Fordham. After graduating in 2005, she moved to Brooklyn, where she resided for four years.
In college, Del Rey did volunteer work at homeless youth and drug and alcohol outreach programs, as well as helping paint and rebuild houses on an Indian reservation in Utah. She would cite this trip as integral in her decision to become a songwriter: “I remember exactly when I decided that I wanted to be a singer. I was in college, and we went to the Indian reservation. That day I realized that I had only two options: either making music or volunteering for a good cause. I chose the first option. If it had not worked, I would have probably done social work in any small town.”
2005–2010: Career beginnings and Lana Del Ray
On April 25, 2005, a seven-track extended play was registered under Elizabeth Woolridge Grant with the United States Copyright Office. The application title was Rock Me Stable with another title Young Like Me also listed. A second extended play, titled From the End, was also recorded under Del Rey’s stage name at the time, May Jailer. Between 2005 and 2006, she recorded an acoustic album titled Sirens under the May Jailer project, which later leaked on the internet in mid-2012.
At her first performance in 2006 for the Williamsburg Live Songwriting Competition, Del Rey met Van Wilson, an A&R representative for 5 Points Records, an independent label owned by David Nichtern. In 2007, while a senior in college, Del Rey submitted a demo tape of acoustic tracks titled No Kung Fu to 5 Points Records, who subsequently offered her a recording contract for $10,000. Del Rey used the money to relocate to Manhattan Mobile Home Park, a trailer park in North Bergen, New Jersey, and subsequently began working with producer David Kahne, with whom she released a three-track EP titled Kill Kill in October 2008 as Lizzy Grant. She explained that “David asked to work with me only a day after he got my demo. He is known as a producer with a lot of integrity and who had an interest in making music that wasn’t just pop.” Her album, however, was shelved, causing her to shift her focus. Instead, she began to work in community service. “Homeless outreach, drug, and alcohol rehabilitation—that’s been my life for the past five years”, she told Vogue UK in 2012. Her debut full-length album, titled Lana Del Ray, was released in January 2010. Her father, Robert Grant, helped with the marketing of the album, which was available for purchase on iTunes for a brief period before being withdrawn.
David Kahne, who produced Grant and previous label owner David Nichtern have both stated that Grant bought the rights back from her label, 5 Points, as she wanted it out of circulation to “stifle future opportunities to distribute it—an echo of rumors that the action was part of a calculated strategy.
Del Rey met her current managers, Ben Mawson and Ed Millett, three months after Lana Del Ray and they helped her to get out of her contract with 5 Points Records, where, in her opinion, “nothing was happening.” Shortly after, she moved to London, England and moved in with Mawson “for a few years.” When choosing her stage name, she said: “I wanted a name I could shape the music towards. I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba – Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue.” She has said her lawyers and managers made up the name Lana Del Rey and persuaded her to adopt the stage name. On September 1, 2010, Del Rey was featured by Mando Diao in their MTV Unplugged concert at Union Film-Studios in Berlin.
2011–2013: Born to Die and Paradise
After uploading them to her YouTube channel in 2011, Del Rey’s videos for the songs “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” became viral internet sensations, and she was signed by Stranger Records to release “Video Games” as her debut single. She told The Observer, “I just put that song online a few months ago because it was my favorite. To be honest, it wasn’t going to be the single but people have really responded to it.” The song earned her a Q award for “Next Big Thing” in October 2011 and an Ivor Novello for “Best Contemporary Song” in 2012. The same month, she signed a joint deal with Interscope Records and Polydor to work on her second studio album Born to Die.
Del Rey built anticipation to the album by doing a number of live appearances, such as promotional concerts at the Bowery Ballroom and at the Chateau Marmont, and with performances at television shows such as De Wereld Draait Door, and Later with Jools Holland.
Del Rey also performed two songs from the album on Saturday Night Live on January 14, 2012 and received a negative response from critics and the general public. Del Rey’s performance was defended by the evening program’s guest host, actor Daniel Radcliffe, despite not having seen her performance. She had earlier defended her spot on the program, saying: “I’m a good musician I have been singing for a long time, and I think that SNL creator Lorne Michaels knows that it’s not a fluke decision.” The following week on SNL, Kristen Wiig impersonated Del Rey where she humorously defended herself during Weekend Update.
Born to Die was officially released on January 31, 2012 worldwide, and reached number one in 11 countries, though critical reaction was divided. The same week, she announced she had bought back the rights to her 2010 debut album, and had plans to re-release it in the summer of 2012 under Interscope Records and Polydor. Contrary to Del Rey’s press statement, her previous record label and producer David Kahne have both stated that she bought the rights to the album when she and the label parted company, due to the offer of a new deal, in April 2010. Born to Die sold 3.4 million copies in 2012, making it the fifth-best-selling album of 2012. In the United States, Born to Die charted on the Billboard 200 album chart well into 2012, lingering at number 76, after 36 weeks on the chart. In an interview with RTVE on June 15, 2012, she announced her new album would be out in November. Mid-September saw the official announcement of Paradise’s lead single, “Ride”.
On September 19, 2012, the music video for “Blue Velvet” was released through H&M. One day later, on September 20, “Blue Velvet” became available for purchase as a promotional single. “Ride” became available for purchase on September 25, 2012. The music video for “Ride” was premiered at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California on October 10, 2012. Some critics panned the video as pro-prostitution and antifeminist, the latter being a word attributed to Del Rey’s work since “Video Games”.
Del Rey’s Paradise Edition of Born to Die was set to be released on November 12. With the release of her third EP, Paradise, Del Rey spawned her second top 10 album in the United States, debuting at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 67,000 copies sold in its first week.
At the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, Del Rey received nominations in the categories Best Alternative, Best Push, and Best New Act. Winning Best Alternative, Del Rey presented the award for Best Female to Taylor Swift. At the 2013 BRIT Awards, she won the award for International Female Solo Artist, making it her second BRIT Award to date. Her win surprised critics who highly anticipated Taylor Swift to win the award. In March 2013, she recited Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” for the French fashion magazine, L’Officiel Paris.
Del Rey’s seventh single, “Dark Paradise”, was released as a single in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on March 1, 2013. Del Rey won the ECHO Awards for Best International Newcomer and Best International Pop/Rock Artist on March 21, 2013. A music video for Del Rey’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel#2” was released on March 27, 2013. The following month, in April 2013, another self-produced video was released; it showed Del Rey and her boyfriend, Barrie-James O’Neil, covering “Summer Wine”, by Lee Hazlewood. “Burning Desire” became available for purchase as a stand-alone download on March 19, 2013 as the second promotional single from Paradise; its music video was premiered the previous month on Valentine’s Day of 2013.
2013: Film projects and Tropico
After the release of Paradise, Del Rey penned the original song “Young and Beautiful” for the soundtrack of the 2013 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby with director, co-writer, and co-producer Baz Luhrmann.
Following the song’s release, it peaked at 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Del Rey’s highest peak on the chart. However, shortly after its release to contemporary hit radio, the label prematurely pulled it and decided to send a different song to that format; on July 2, 2013, a Cedric Gervais remix of Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” was sent there; a sleeper hit, the song proved to be a success, surpassing “Young and Beautiful”, reaching number 6 and becoming her first American top ten hit. The remix won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 2013.
Alongside Paradise, Del Rey announced plans to launch a short film titled Tropico. Tropico was filmed in late June 2013 and directed by Anthony Mandler.
On November 22, 2013, an official trailer for Tropico was released; at the end of the trailer, it was announced that the film would be uploaded to Del Rey’s official VEVO account on December 5, 2013. The short film premiered on December 4 at Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Before showing the film, Del Rey told the audience “I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record, Ultraviolence”. Journalists identified the phrase from the Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange (1962), but reports were conflicting as to whether or not the title was stylized as one or two words. On December 6, 2013, an EP, also titled Tropico, was made available for purchase via iTunes; it includes the film itself along with the three aforementioned songs.
2014–2016: Ultraviolence and Honeymoon
On January 23, 2014, it was announced that Del Rey would be covering the song “Once Upon a Dream” (from the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty) for the 2014 dark fantasy film Maleficent. The single was released on January 26.
On February 20, Del Rey posted a picture of herself and Dan Auerbach on Twitter with the caption “Me and Dan Auerbach are excited to present you Ultraviolence”.
The first single off Ultraviolence, “West Coast”, was released on April 14.
On May 23, Del Rey performed three songs at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s pre-wedding celebration at the Palace of Versailles. West had previously played Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” during his proposal to Kardashian in October 2013. “Shades of Cool”, the second single, was released on May 26, 2014. The third single and title track, “Ultraviolence”, was released on June 4. June 8 saw the release of the fourth single, “Brooklyn Baby”.
Ultraviolence was released on June 13, 2014, and debuted at number one in 12 countries, including the United States and United Kingdom. The album sold 880,000 copies in its first week, worldwide. She described her third studio album as being “more stripped down but still cinematic and dark”.
A Rolling Stone article revealed that Del Rey would be a guest on Brian Wilson’s forthcoming studio album No Pier Pressure. Two new songs by Del Rey, “Big Eyes” and “I Can Fly”, featured in Tim Burton’s 2014 biographical film Big Eyes, which focused on the American artist Margaret Keane. “Big Eyes” was co-written by Daniel Heath, while “I Can Fly” was co-written by Rick Nowels.
In December 2014, Del Rey announced she would be headlining a tour in Summer 2015, deemed “The Endless Summer Tour”. Eight of the shows featured Courtney Love, and ten of the shows featured Grimes. Also in December 2014, in an interview with Galore Magazine, Del Rey revealed she began working on a new album, which she said would be released sometime in 2015. She told Grazia Magazine about how she wanted to introduce orchestrations with monumental choruses with a touch of subdued grunge for the album, “I played Mark Ronson ten songs that I have composed for this next album. It explores a sound close to the golden age of jazz”, she said. Earlier that month, Del Rey also mentioned to Galore Magazine that she is already at the recording stage for the album and that “she’s also always writing small pieces for independent films etc. Dan Heath and Rick Nowels are two of my dearest friends and producers and we are always up to something.” In January 2015, Del Rey stated in an interview with the LA Times that a song on her new record would be titled “Music to Watch Boys To”. The same month, a song she recorded for Emile Haynie’s album titled Wait for Life was released. She also recorded “Life is Beautiful”, a song featured in the trailer for the movie The Age of Adaline.
In June 2014, she said “I have this idea for this record called Music to Watch Boys To, so I’m just kind of thinking about that and what that would mean.” Del Rey later confirmed in an interview with Billboard that her new record would be entitled Honeymoon.
On January 15, 2015, Del Rey received a BRIT Award nomination for International Female Solo Artist, her second nomination in the category and third overall.
On July 14, 2015, Del Rey released “Honeymoon”, the first and title track from the album. She revealed that the album would contain fourteen tracks, describing the songs with “a muddy trap energy and some inspired by late-night Miles Davis drives”.
On August 4, 2015, Del Rey revealed the first single “High by the Beach”, which was released on August 10, 2015. On August 4, 2015, The Weeknd also revealed the track listing for his upcoming second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness which features a collaboration with Del Rey, entitled “Prisoner”. On August 21, 2015, she released “Terrence Loves You” as a promotional single, available instantly with the pre-order of the album. The title track was later released as a promotional single on September 7, 2015. Honeymoon was released on September 18, 2015 to general acclaim from music critics, who praised the music and Del Rey’s sophistication and vocal performance.
In November 2015, Del Rey executive produced a short film Hi How Are You Daniel Johnston, documenting the life of Daniel Johnston. For the film, she also covered one of Johnston’s songs, called “Some Things Last a Long Time”, from his album 1990. For the cover, she collaborated with producer Justin Parker. Also in November 2015, Del Rey received the Trailblazer Award at the Billboard Women in Music ceremony and won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Alternative.
On February 9, 2016, Del Rey hosted a premiere for the music video of her song “Freak”. It was located at The Wiltern, in Los Angeles. The video debuted via Del Rey’s VEVO on the same date. In December 2015, Del Rey started announcing festival dates for Europe and North America to promote Honeymoon. She performed at these festivals from June 2016 to November 2016.
2017: Lust for Life
Main article: Lust for Life
In October 2015, Del Rey announced that she planned writing material for her new record. She stated that her last two albums had a “Californian” sound, but if she were to make an album with a “New York” sound it would be a little harder, faster, more upbeat, and less dreamy. In January 2016, Del Rey was nominated with the “Favorite Female Artist” award at the People’s Choice Awards, and she also received a Brit Award nomination for International Female Solo Artist, her third nomination in the category and fourth overall. In February and March 2016, Del Rey and her managers, respectively, officially revealed that she began working on her fifth studio album, just months after releasing her fourth.
In 2016, Del Rey performed on two songs on The Weeknd’s third studio album Starboy. She provided uncredited backing vocals on “Party Monster” and was featured on an interlude entitled “Stargirl Interlude”.
“Love”, the lead single off of Del Rey’s fifth studio album, Lust for Life, was released on February 18, 2017. The music video was directed by Rich Lee.
Soon after, Lust for Life was officially announced on March 29, 2017, when a trailer for the album was uploaded to Del Rey’s Vevo channel. The album includes collaborations with Stevie Nicks and other artists, and was released on July 21, 2017. About the album, Del Rey stated “I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.”
During a livestream in February 2017, Del Rey described the aesthetic of the album as having a “retro sensibility with a futuristic flair”. She released the official cover art for Lust for Life on April 11, 2017. Her first collaboration, “Lust for Life” featuring The Weeknd, was released on April 19, 2017 as the second single from the album. Del Rey released the song “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind” on May 15, 2017.
On July 12, BBC Radio 1 aired “Summer Bummer”, which features A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti, and “Groupie Love” which features Rocky as well. Lust for Life received widespread critical acclaim and became Del Rey’s third album number-one in the United Kingdom, and second album number-one album in the United States.
On September 27, 2017, Del Rey announced the LA to the Moon Tour, an official concert tour with Jhené Aiko and Kali Uchis to further promote the album. The tour is scheduled to begin in North America during January 2018. Further dates in South America, Australia, and Europe were also announced.
Lust for Life is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for the 60th Grammy Awards, it is Del Rey’s second nomination in this category, and third Grammy Award nomination overall as a lead.
Del Rey is set to feature on a track from Jonathan Wilson’s upcoming album Rare Birds. The track is entitled “Living with Myself”
Artistry – Musical style
Del Rey’s musical sound has been dubbed “Hollywood sadcore” by music critics. Her music has been repeatedly noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of 1950s and 1960s Americana. Del Rey elaborated on this in an interview with Artistdirect, saying “I wasn’t even born in the ’50s but I feel like I was there.”
Associated with several styles, Del Rey’s music has been tagged broadly as dream pop or baroque pop linked to various forms of rock, indie music, and trip hop, and often touching on styles such as hip hop, trap music, and psychedelic rock on particular releases. Of Born to Die, indie music journal Drowned in Sound wrote, “She likes that whole hip hop thing though, has this whole swagger thing going that not many girls like her got”, adding that it sounded like a poppier Bond soundtrack.
In “National Anthem”, “Off to the Races,” and “Diet Mountain Dew”, Del Rey employs this alternative rapping technique.
Del Rey’s subsequent releases would introduce variant styles, particularly Ultraviolence, which employed a guitar-based sound akin to psychedelic and desert rock. Kenneth Partridge of Billboard noted this shift in style, writing: “She sings about drugs, cars, money, and the bad boys she’s always falling for, and while there remains a sepia-toned mid-century flavor to many of these songs, Del Rey is no longer fronting like a thugged-out Bette Davis.” Upon the release of Honeymoon, one reviewer characterized Del Rey’s body of work as being “about music as a time warp, with her languorous croons over molasses-like arrangements meant to make clock hands seem to move so slowly that it feels possible, at times, they might go backwards.”
Del Rey has been described as a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and “Lolita lost in the hood.”
Prior to coming to prominence under the stage name Lana Del Rey, she performed under the names Lizzy Grant, Lana Rey Del Mar, Sparkle Jump Rope Queen, and May Jailer. Under the stage name Lizzy Grant, she referred to her music as “Hawaiian glam metal”, while the work of her May Jailer project was acoustic.
Del Rey cites a wide array of musical artists as influences, including numerous performers from the mid-twentieth century, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Bobby Vinton, The Crystals, Miles Davis, The Shangri-Las, Janis Joplin, Axl Rose, The Eagles, Lou Reed, and Bruce Springsteen. “I really just like the masters of every genre”, she told BBC radio presenter Jo Whiley. Her favorite artists include Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Buckley, Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen. She covered Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel #2” in 2013. Janis Joplin’s live version of “Summertime” from the Cheap Thrills album is one of Del Rey’s favorite songs. Del Rey has also cited “Time of the Season” by The Zombies and “Hotel California” by The Eagles as favorites and inspirations.
Her favorite films, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and American Beauty have also inspired her musical style. Inspired by poetry, Del Rey cites Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg as instrumental to her songwriting; specifically, she named Leaves of Grass by Whitman and “Howl” by Ginsberg. Her song, “Body Electric” from her third EP, Paradise, alludes to Whitman in the lyric, “Whitman is my daddy”. The song’s chorus of “I sing the body electric” is a direct reference to Whitman’s poem “I Sing The Body Electric”. She recited Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” for the French fashion magazine, L’Officiel Paris. Del Rey has also cited the surrealist film directors David Lynch and Federico Fellini and the surrealist painters Mark Ryden and Pablo Picasso as influences. Lynch’s film Blue Velvet (1986) inspired both the imagery and style of Del Rey’s “Blue Velvet” cover.
Voice and timbre
Del Rey possesses an expansive contralto vocal range, which spans three-plus octaves and has been described as captivating and highly emotive, ranging from high notes in a girlish timbre to jazzy ornaments in her lower gesture with great ease. Following the release of Ultraviolence, which was recorded live in single takes and lacking Pro Tools vocal editing, critics fell into favor with Del Rey’s vocal ability, praising her large range, increased vocal confidence, and uniquely emotive delivery. When recording in the studio Del Rey is known for vocal multi-layering, which, as it has been noted, is difficult for her to replicate within a live setting, especially with the lack of backing singers to fill out the original vocal style. Stage fright has also been noted as a major contribution to Del Rey’s struggles with live performances. However, journalists noted in 2014 that her live performances had increased exponentially in confidence. Billboard deemed the Coachella debut of “West Coast” to be a “star-making performance” and lauded the singer’s vocal abilities. Contemporary music critics have called her voice “smoky”, “gravelly”, and reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. Upon the 2015 release of Honeymoon, her voice was compared by Los Angeles Times critic Mikael Wood to those of Julee Cruise and Eartha Kitt.
Del Rey started the use of her lower vocals on the tracks from Born to Die, claiming that “people weren’t taking me very seriously, so I lowered my voice, believing that it would help me stand out. Now I sing quite low well, for a female anyway”.
“I sing low now, but my voice used to be a lot higher. Because of the way I look, I needed something to ground the entire project. Otherwise I think people would assume I was some airhead singer. Well, I don’t think I know. I’ve sung one way, and sung another, and I’ve seen what people are drawn to”, she said on the topic.
Critics have noted Del Rey for her typically simple, but authentic live performances. A September 2017 concert review published in The New York Times noted: “For more than an hour, Ms. Del Rey was eerily casual, singing and smiling with the ease of someone performing at singer-songwriter night at the local coffee shop.” Another review by Roy Train published in The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 noted “a distance in her bonhomie, obvious even from my perch at the opposite end of the stage high above the fray, the chill still palpable.”
n 2010, Del Rey acted in a short film called Poolside, which she made with several friends on a reported budget of $400.
On January 4, 2012, it was reported she had signed a deal with Next Model Management agency H&M confirmed that Del Rey would be modeling and recording a cover version of the popular 1950s prom anthem “Blue Velvet” for their 2012 Autumn Campaign. H&M’s 2012 Winter campaign, featuring Lana Del Rey, was released on October 12. This is the second H&M campaign Lana Del Rey is featured in.
On August 22, 2012, executives announced that Del Rey would endorse their new Jaguar F-Type which was unveiled by Del Rey at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand director, explained their choice, saying Del Rey had “a unique blend of authenticity and modernity”.
The song “Burning Desire”, which was initially available for immediate digital download upon pre-ordering Del Rey’s third EP, Paradise, was later made available for purchase on Amazon.com and 7digital as a stand-alone download on March 19, 2013, one month after its music video hit YouTube. The song serves as the title track to a 13-minute promotional short film for the Jaguar F-Type, called Desire. The film, directed by Adam Smith, was produced by Ridley Scott and stars Damian Lewis.
Prior to the release of her debut major label album Born to Die in 2012, Del Rey was the subject of several articles discussing her image and career trajectory. One article by Paul Harris published by The Guardian just a week before the album’s release noted the differences between Del Rey’s perceived persona in 2008, when she performed under the stage name Lizzy Grant, and in the present, as Lana Del Rey. Harris wrote:
The internet has allowed figures like Del Rey to come rapidly to the fore of the cultural landscape, whether or not their emergence is planned by a record executive or happens spontaneously from someone’s bedroom. It has speeded up the fame cycle. It is worth noting that the huge backlash to Del Rey is happening before her first album has even been released. This reveals a cultural obsession with the “authenticity” that fans, artists and corporations all prize above all else.
Tony Simon, a producer who had worked with Del Rey in 2009, defended her against the public claims of inauthenticity and allegations that she was a product of her record label: “To be clear, all the detractors saying she’s some made-up-by-the-machine pop star are full of shit. While it’s impossible to keep the businesses’ hands out the pop when creating a pop star, the roots of where this all comes from are firmly inside of Lizzy Grant.”
Del Rey would later respond to this in a 2017 interview, stating: “I didn’t edit myself on Born to Die when I could have, because a lot of its just the way it was. I mean, because I’ve changed a lot and a lot of those songs, it’s not that I don’t relate but A lot of it too is I was just kinda nervous. I came off sort of nervously, and there was just a lot of dualities, a lot of juxtapositions going on that maybe just felt like something was a little off. Maybe the thing that was off was that I needed a little more time or something, and also my path was just so windy just to get to having a first record. I feel like I had to figure it out all by myself. Every move was just guesswork.”
Having been labeled as antifeminist multiple times in the past, Del Rey dismissed feminism in June 2014, telling The Fader: “For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, God. I’m just not really that interested.”
She also defended herself against the accusations of antifeminism, saying “For me, a true feminist is someone who is a woman who does exactly what she wants. If my choice is to, I don’t know, be with a lot of men, or if I enjoy a really physical relationship, I don’t think that’s necessarily being anti-feminist. For me the argument of feminism never really should have come into the picture. Because I don’t know too much about the history of feminism, and so I’m not really a relevant person to bring into the conversation. Everything I was writing was so autobiographical, it could really only be a personal analysis.”
In February 2017, Del Rey implied she had plans to take part in a magic binding ritual against Donald Trump on or about February 24, March 26, April 24, May 23, which she again confirmed in July 2017.
Del Rey stated that she suffered from alcoholism at a young age, but has been sober since 2004. In September 2012, she told GQ:
I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so fucking cool. A great deal of what I wrote on Born to Die is about these wilderness years. When I write about the thing that I’ve lost I feel like I’m writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life. My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, ‘I’m fucked. I am totally fucked’. Like, at first it’s fine and you think you have a dark side – it’s exciting – and then you realise the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it. It’s also a completely different way of living when you know that a different species of person. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me.
She was in a relationship with Kassidy member Barrie-James O’Neill from August 2011 until June 2014. Previously, she was in a relationship with alternative rock and antifolk musician Steven Mertens, who produced her debut album, Lana Del Ray, before it was re-recorded by David Kahne.
Del Rey moved to a home near Hancock Park in June 2014 (after living in New York City and London, England in the previous years), and she resided there with her siblings, Caroline and Charlie, for some time. She relocated to a secluded beach-front home in Malibu, California, in June 2015, after dealing with trespassers at her former house. She also purchased two adjacent mansions (in addition to her Malibu home) in Studio City, Los Angeles in September 2016. Del Rey is Roman Catholic.
Del Rey’s left hand is tattooed with the letter “M”, referencing her grandmother, Madeleine, and the word “paradise”. Her right hand is tattooed with the phrase “trust no one”.
Contralto singing voice
Beauty queen hairstyle
Varies from very low to very high notes within one song
Beauty mark on her right cheek.
Best Known For
Her debut single Video Games in June 2011 and also “Born to Die” single.
Lana released her debut album Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant on January 4, 2010 under 5 Points Records. It was only available in the form of digital download. It did not chart at any of the major music charts in any of the countries.
First TV Show
In 2010, she wrote as well as performed in the TV series 90210 in just 1 episode titled “I See London, I See France”.
Lana Del Rey Favorite Things
Artists – Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen
Song – Summertime (By Janis Joplin), Time of the Season (By The Zombies), Hotel California (By The Eagles)
Movies – The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, American Beauty
Lana Del Rey Facts
She signed her first recording contract in 2007 (when she was 22) with 5 Points Records.
Lana started writing songs at the age of 18.
As a teenager, she had suffered from alcohol dependence. As a result, she was sent to a boarding school, Kent School.
Lana aka Lizzy is an avid fan of English Premier League team Liverpool and Scottish Premier League side Celtic.
She describes herself as a writer first and a singer second.
Her stage name “Lana Del Rey” comes from American actress Lana Turner and a car Ford Del Rey. The name was thought by her managers.
She credits many singers and performers as her music influences like Antony and the Johnsons, Britney Spears, Eminem, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, and Thomas Newman.
She has a tattoo on her left hand as “M”.
The rap queen is all about making her rides stand out. She is the proud owner of 2 customized Bubblegum Pink Lamborghini Aventador & Bentley Continental GT. She also has a hot Red Lamborghini Gallardo. Being a fan of all things Pink, Minaj started her own Barbie Doll charity and we are pretty sure that Barbie has the same ride as Nicki.
Nicki Minaj instagram
Nicki Minaj flaunts her curves in pink latex number
Nicki Minaj squeezes her curves into latex for this sexy calendar shoot
Nicki Minaj gained public recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 to 2009 and subsequently signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009.
Nick Name: Nicki Lewinski, The Harajuku Barbie, Nicki The Ninja, Nicki The Harajuku Barbie
Residence: Beverly Hills, California, U.S
Occupation: Rapper singer songwriter actress
Years active: 2004–present
Age: 35 years and 7 months
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Height: 5 ft 2 in or 157 cm
Measurements 40-28-45 in or 102-71-114 cm
Bra size she wears bra size 32D
Eye Color Dark Brown. But, she wears contact lenses. So, her eye color changes frequently like her hair color.
Hair Color She has naturally “Black” hair color. But, she wears wigs of different colors and has even dyed them “Blonde.”
Net worth: $75 million (July 2017)
Musical career Genres: Hip-hop, R&B, pop
Labels: Young Money, Cash Money, Republic Records
She attended Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210. Nicki graduated from LaGuardia High School where she learned singing.
Nicki Minaj is signed to these agencies –
Category 5 Entertainment, Inc.
The Blueprint Group
Father – Robert Maraj (Financial Executive and occasional gospel singer)
Mother – Carol Maraj
Siblings – Brandon Lamar (Brother), Micaiah Maraj (Brother), Jelani Maraj (Brother), Ming Maraj (Sister)
She has African and Asian Indian ancestry.
Outlandish costumes, wigs, and cosmetics
Often wears Pink lipstick
Minaj has appeared in print ads for O.P.I. nail polishes and MAC lip glosses.
She has also endorsed Pepsi.
Minaj’s first and second studio albums, Pink Friday (2010) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the successful singles “Super Bass” and “Starships”, respectively. In 2010, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), was preceded by its second single, “Anaconda”, which peaked at number two on the Hot 100 and is her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date. Minaj made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift, followed by supporting roles in The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Nicki Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List, with a New York Times editor saying that some consider her to be “the most influential female rapper of all time”.
In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
Her rapping is distinctive for its fast flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. Early in her career, Minaj was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. She has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist in the chart’s history, while being ninth overall. Minaj has received ten Grammy nominations throughout her career, and has won six American Music Awards, eleven BET Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and was the recipient of Billboard’s Women in Music 2011 Rising Star award. She has endorsed Adidas, MAC Cosmetics, and Pepsi. She is the best-selling female rapper of all time, having sold 20 million singles as a lead artist, 60 million singles as a featured artist, and over five million albums worldwide.
Her father, Robert Maraj, a financial executive and part-time gospel singer, is of Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian descent.
Her mother, Carol Maraj, is also a gospel singer with Afro-Trinidadian ancestry.
Carol worked in payroll and accounting departments during Minaj’s youth.
Minaj’s father was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and had a violent temper, burning down their house in December 1987. She has two siblings.
As a small child, Nicki Minaj and a sibling lived with her grandmother in Saint James. Her mother, who had moved to The Bronx, New York to attend Monroe College, brought the family to Queens, New York when Minaj was five.
By then, the family had a house on West 147th Street. Minaj recalled, “I don’t think I had a lot of discipline in my household. My mom motivated me, but it wasn’t a strict household. I kind of wanted a strict household.”
Minaj successfully auditioned for admission to LaGuardia High School in Manhattan, New York, which focuses on visual and performing arts.
After graduation, Minaj wanted to become an actress, and she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. At the age of 19, as she struggled with her acting career, she worked as a waitress at a Red Lobster in the Bronx, but was fired for discourtesy to customers.
She said she was fired from “at least 15 jobs” for similar reasons.
She also worked as an administrative assistant, in customer service, and as an office manager for a Wall Street business.
2004–2009: Career beginnings
Nicki Minaj briefly signed with Brooklyn group Full Force, in which she rapped in a quartet called “The Hood$tars” composed of Lou$tar (son of “Bowlegged Lou”), Safaree Samuels (Scaff Beezy) and 7even Up.
In 2004 the group recorded the entrance song for WWE Diva Victoria, “Don’t Mess With”, which was featured on the compilation album ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol.6. 7even Up explained that he and Nicki weren’t fans of Safaree’s reggae edge that he brought to the group, and he even went so far to say that it was the reason they weren’t getting signed by labels. Minaj later left Full Force and uploaded songs on her Myspace profile, sending several of her songs to people in the music industry. At the time, she was managed by Debra Antney. Fendi, CEO of Brooklyn label Dirty Money Entertainment, signed Minaj to his label in 2007 under a 180-day contract.
Originally adopting the stage name “Nicki Maraj”, she changed it to Nicki Minaj stating that “My real name is Maraj. Fendi flipped it when he met me because I had such a nasty flow! I eat bitches!”
Nicki Minaj released her first mixtape, Playtime is Over, on Dirty Money Records on July 5, 2007 and her second, Sucka Free, on April 12, 2008.
That year, she was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2008 Underground Music Awards.
In 2009 Minaj was involved in a conflict with ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme winner Rece Steele, who was annoyed when Minaj interrupted her interview and put a sign behind Steele’s head; Minaj hung up on interviewers from Spate magazine when they asked about the incident.
She released her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, on April 18, 2009 and it received favorable coverage on BET and MTV.
One of its tracks, “I Get Crazy”, reached number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 37 on the magazine’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
After Nicki Minaj was discovered by fellow rapper Lil Wayne, in August 2009 it was reported that she signed a recording contract with his Young Money Entertainment. That November, she appeared with Gucci Mane and Trina on the remix of “5 Star Bitch” by Yo Gotti.
Minaj also appeared on “BedRock” and “Roger That” on the compilation album, We Are Young Money (2009). The singles peaked at numbers two and 56, respectively, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; their parent album reached number-nine on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Minaj was featured on Mariah Carey’s “Up Out My Face”, which reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.
At Jay-Z’s suggestion, that February Robin Thicke featured Minaj on “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy”.
2010–2011: Breakthrough with Pink Friday
A tan-skinned woman in a bright pink wig poses with hands on both side of her hips. Smiling, she stands before a black background and has Mandarin characters tattooed on her right arm.
Minaj at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles
Nicki Minaj released the intended lead single from her upcoming debut album, “Massive Attack” on March 29, 2010. Plans for the single were scrapped after an underwhelming commercial performance.
As a result, “Your Love” was released as the album’s lead single on June 1, peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Billboard Rap Songs chart.
In August, Minaj announced that the album would be entitled Pink Friday, a play on “Black Friday”.
The following month she released “Check It Out” and “Right Thru Me” as follow-up singles.
In October, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously and the first woman to appear on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List.
Pink Friday was released on November 19, debuting at number-two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 375,000 copies.
“Moment 4 Life” was released as the fourth single shortly after. The album was certified platinum in December, and eventually reached number-one in the United States in February 2011.
Nicki Minaj performed “Right Thru Me” and “Moment 4 Life” as the musical guest on the January 29 episode of Saturday Night Live. “Super Bass”, the album’s fifth single, was released in April 2011.
The song peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and had been certified octuple-platinum in the U.S.
Minaj credited the song’s initial exposure to its mention by Taylor Swift, after videos of Swift and Selena Gomez rapping along to the song went viral, paving the way for Minaj’s first big crossover pop moment.
Minaj performing during the Femme Fatale Tour in 2011.
Nicki Minaj was one of the opening acts on Britney Spears’ June 16 – August 13 Femme Fatale Tour. She and Kesha appeared on the remix of Spears’ “Till the World Ends”, which peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100.
On August 7, 2011, Nicki experienced a “nip slip” during a live performance on Good Morning America. Minaj was criticized for wearing the low-cut shirt during her performance which led to the brief exposure of her breast on a live telecast. ABC apologized for incident.
Minaj, while interviewed on ABC’s Nightline show, apologized for the incident and denied that she intentionally sought to expose herself on live television as a publicity stunt. The incident soaked protest from the Parents Television Council. President of the PTC president Tim Winter stated, “the Parents Television Council has something to say about Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction this morning. For the umpteenth time in recent memory a morning news show has included inappropriate content for children and families.” Winter called out Good Morning America for not using the five-second delay to prevent the broadcast of the exposure.
Minaj has been invited to perform at fashion events; Donatella Versace invited her to perform with Prince for the introduction of a Versace collection for H&M, and she performed “Super Bass” at the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Since her breakout with Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj has been involved in a feud with rapper Lil’ Kim, who accused Minaj of copying her style. Although Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge” was thought to be directed at Kim, she said she was “talking about everyone who has been in interviews talking no one is worth being singled out. No one is worth having their name mentioned out of my mouth and they never will get that.” Kim escalated the feud with her mixtape, Black Friday (2011), whose title and artwork mimic Pink Friday; a fragment from Minaj’s diss track, “Tragedy”, previewed that April.
Their conflict sparked a feud between Minaj and rapper Foxy Brown, who said Minaj misrepresented their conversation about Kim. Brown released the diss tracks “Hold Yuh” and “Massacre” (directed at Kim and Minaj) in November 2010 and January 2011, respectively, but Brown and Minaj settled their dispute in June 2012.
2012–2013: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and American Idol
Nicki Minaj released her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in April 2012. The album was preceded by the promotional singles “Roman in Moscow” and “Stupid Hoe”.
Critics suggested that the latter song was directed at Lil’ Kim, who said: “If you have to make a song called ‘Stupid Hoe,’ you must be a stupid hoe.” Minaj and rapper M.I.A. joined Madonna to perform their single, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, on the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 6, 2012. She was the first solo female rapper to perform at the Grammy Awards, premiering “Roman Holiday” during the 2012 ceremony on February 12. Her exorcism-themed performance was controversial, with the American Catholic League criticizing Minaj for bringing a fake “Pope” to escort her on the red carpet. The “exorcism” scene that was performed during her appearance was criticized as well. According to the Catholic League president Bill Donohue “Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, ‘Come All Ye Faithful’ was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating.”
“Starships” was released in February 2012 as the lead single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The song reached number-five on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the fifth best-selling single of 2012. For the most part, mainstream critics didn’t receive well the pop crossover move. Minaj was sued by Chicago artist Clive Tanaka in September 2013 for its alleged copyright infringement. Follow-up singles “Beez in the Trap” and “Right by My Side” were released shortly after. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was released on April 2, two months later than planned.
The album debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 253,000 copies, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in June 2012.
However, its mix of hip-hop songs and mainstream pop material received mixed reviews from music critics. “Pound the Alarm” and “Va Va Voom” were released as the final singles from the album.
Nicki Minaj began her headlining Pink Friday Tour on May 16, 2012, which was followed by the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour beginning October 14. Although she was scheduled to headline the June 3 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, at the request of Lil Wayne she canceled her appearance the day of the show after Peter Rosenberg of the station called “Starships” not “real hip-hop”.
The following month, Nicki Minaj voiced Steffie in the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). She won awards for Best Female Video (for “Starships”) at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Hip-Hop at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. Her collaboration with Pearl Future on the song “Looking At Me” made it to the top 20 in BBC Radio 1. An expanded version of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, subtitled The Re-Up, was released on November 19. That month, Minaj was the subject of a three-part E! documentary titled Nicki Minaj: My Truth. She announced plans for her own record label after signing Parker Ighile, Brinx, Keisha and Blackout Movement.
In September, Nicki Minaj joined the judges’ panel for the twelfth season of American Idol with fellow new judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban and the returning Randy Jackson. That October a leaked video circulated, with Minaj and Carey in a heated argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carey accused Minaj of saying, “If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch”, but Minaj denied the allegation. Carey said that Minaj created an “unsafe work environment”, increasing her security as a result.
Tensions escalated after Carey said that Nicki Minaj did not have a number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 during a live broadcast in May 2013, to which Minaj responded in a series of “extremely harsh” tweets directed at the singer. Minaj and Carey left the series that month, at the end of the season. That year Minaj was the most-charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, with 44 entries, tying Mariah Carey. Her seven nominations led those for rap musicians at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and she was the first rapper to win the BET Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award four consecutive times.
2014–2015: The Other Woman and The Pinkprint
Minaj’s first live-action theatrical film The Other Woman was filmed in spring 2013 and premiered on April 25, 2014. She played Lydia, assistant to Carly (played by Cameron Diaz).
In 2013, Nicki Minaj described her then-forthcoming third album, The Pinkprint as “a continuation of The Re-Up with a lot more” and said it would focus on her “hip-hop roots”.
During an MTV interview, she said that her third album would be “next level” and have “much to talk about”: “I’m really excited and the people that have been working with me now, have been people that I haven’t worked with before so it’s like they’re bringing a new sound to the album that I’ve never experimented with.” During the recording process Minaj recorded two songs that were inspired by Irish singer-songwriter Enya, Minaj stated that the songs contain “airiness and the whimsicalness” that reminded her of Enya. “Pills n Potions” was released as the lead single from The Pinkprint in May 2014.
“Anaconda” was released in August as the second single, peaking at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her highest-charting single in the U.S. to date.
The video set a 24-hour Vevo record, accumulating 19.6 million views on its first day of release, breaking the record previously held by Miley Cyrus for “Wrecking Ball”.
The album was officially released on December 15, 2014, peaking at number-two on the Billboard 200 chart.
On June 29, Nicki Minaj became the only artist to win the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist for five consecutive years, while also tying Missy Elliott for the most wins with five.
In November 2014, Minaj released a video containing Nazi-style imagery for her third single “Only”. There was immediate backlash from the Anti Defamation League, who stated that it was “troubling that no one among Minaj’s group of producers, publicists and managers raised a red flag about the use of such imagery before ushering the video into public release.” They called the video “insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era.”
On November 9, 2014, Nicki Minaj hosted the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland. She also won an award for Best Hip-Hop. In December, Minaj received two Grammy nominations: for Best Rap Song for “Anaconda” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.
In March 2015, Minaj embarked on her third world tour entitled The Pinkprint Tour. The tour kicked off in Europe. It is scheduled to travel to the Canada, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Dubai, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. In March 2015, she became the first female artist to chart four songs simultaneously in the top 10 of Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart.
At the 2015 BET Awards, Minaj won her sixth consecutive award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, becoming the female rapper with most wins in that category.
In May 2015, it was announced that Nicki Minaj would feature in the third installment of the Barbershop film series, alongside Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, and other original cast members.
Titled Barbershop: The Next Cut, the film was released on April 15, 2016 and received critical acclaim, earning an average score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Minaj’s character in the film is a “sassy” hairdresser named Draya.
It was announced that Nicki Minaj will executive produce and appear in a scripted single-camera comedy series for ABC Family (now Freeform) based on her life growing up in Queens, New York. The show has been titled Nicki and is scheduled to be broadcast in 2016. The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, filmed the pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown in January 2016, and production has since continued. Ariana Neal will play a young Minaj in the series, alongside Selita Ebanks (her mother), Wesley Jonathan (her father), and McCarrie McCausland (her older brother). In October 2016, Minaj stated the filming was postponed. Nicki Minaj is working on her currently untitled fourth studio album, and has released the singles “Changed It”, “No Frauds” and “Regret in Your Tears”.
In February 2017, she was featured and co-wrote Jason Derulo’s “Swalla”, that reached number 6 in the UK singles chart. The next month, she signed with the major modeling agency, Wilhelmina Models. In 2017, Nicki Minaj was featured in several singles, including Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish”, Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up”, and Migos’ “MotorSport” alongside Cardi B.
An Afro-American woman in a blonde wig and bright teal eyeshadow wears a shirt constructed of variously colored cotton balls
Early in her career, Minaj often wore colorful costumes, cosmetics and wigs
Minaj’s physique has attracted attention from the media. In 2010, she said that although she originally felt obligated to mimic the provocative behavior of the “female rappers of her day”, she intended to subdue her sexuality because she “wants people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.”
The rapper has made autographing breasts part of her movement to empower women.
In a Guardian interview, Nicki Minaj said she competes with male and female rappers. In “Moment 4 Life”, she refers to herself as a “king” rather than a queen. Early in her career Minaj claimed to be bisexual, but eventually she said she just did that to get attention. “I think girls are sexy, but I’m not going to lie and say that I date girls.”
Nicki Minaj has been called the “black Lady Gaga” because of her costumes and wigs. In one interview, Minaj rejected the comparison, but in another interview, she said that she is inspired by Gaga’s creativity. Minaj has cited Alexander McQueen, Gianni Versace and Christian Louboutin as her favorite designers. The Huffington Post described her style as “risk-taking” and “far-out”, with “bold sartorial choices”; Yahoo! called her dress “colorful” and “crazy”, and “the fashion and music world would certainly be very quiet without Ms Minaj”.
Nicki Minaj talked about feminism in an interview with Vogue in 2015, saying “There are things that I do that feminists don’t like, and there are things that I do that they do like. I don’t label myself.”
Billboard listed Minaj the fourth-most-active musician on social media on its March 2011 Social 50 chart. On Twitter, she is the world’s most-followed rapper, with over 20 million followers on the app. On Twitter, in public appearances and in interviews, Minaj calls her fans “Barbz” (alluding to her Barbie persona).
In May 2017,Nicki Minaj offered via Twitter to pay college tuition fees and student loans for 30 of her fans. She appeared to grant their requests, ranging from $500 to school supplies to $6,000 for tuition, and promised to respond to more requests in a month or two. She also announced that she will be launching her official charity for student loans and tuition payments in the near future. In the same month, Minaj revealed on Instagram that she has been donating money to an Indian village for a few years via her pastor Lydia Sloley. These donations helped the village get a computer center, a tailoring institute, a reading program and two water wells. “This is the kind of thing that makes me feel the most proud,” she said about. In August 2017, after Hurricane Harvey hit the city of Houston, Texas, Minaj answered Kevin Hart social media challenge and donated $25,000 to the Red Cross, saying she was “praying for everyone there”.
Artistry – Musical style
When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I’m not that. No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don’t want people to hear me and know exactly where I’m from.
Nicki Minaj is known for her animated rapping style, her flow in particular. She often combines metaphors, punch lines and word play into her work, which has been compared to her mentor Lil Wayne. The New York Times called Minaj “a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She’s a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she’s a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones.” Although many critics describe her technique as bubblegum rap, Minaj said: “What people don’t know is that before I was doing that craziness I was doing me, I was just doing regular sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify with. But once I started doing all that weird shit—I’m not mad at it because it got everyone’s attention.”
Noted as a rap artist, she lends herself to electronic music genres (especially electropop). Pink Friday marked her exploration of the genres, spawning electro songs including the pop-laden “Super Bass”. Also combining rap with synthesizer music, Minaj’s second album had a number of electro-hop and electropop songs: “HOV Lane”, “Whip It”, “Automatic”, “Come on a Cone”, “Young Forever”, “Fire Burns”, “Roman Holiday” and “Beez in the Trap”; while “Starships” is a eurodance song. She collaborated with other artists, producing more electronic songs: “The Boys” with “Me & U” singer Cassie and “Beauty and a Beat” with Justin Bieber.
Her verse in Kanye West’s “Monster” was critically acclaimed and contributed greatly to her popularity; many critics said she had the best verse in the song. Her alter egos are incorporated with her lyrics in British accents (Roman Zolanski) or soft-spokenness (Harajuku Barbie). Ice-T said about Minaj’s rapping style, “Minaj does her thing. She has her own way of doing it. She has an ill vocal delivery. She kind of reminds me of a female Busta Rhymes, like how she throws her voice in different directions.”
Minaj’s “Monster” verse was listed by Complex as the best rap verse of the 2010s. West claimed at one point he considered deleting her verse from the track, because he was worried it would outshine his own work:
It was like that moment when I thought about taking Nicki’s verse off of “Monster” because I knew people would say that was the best verse on the best Hip Hop album of all time or arguably top ten albums of all time. And I would do all that work, eight months of work on “Dark Fantasy” and people to this day would say to me ‘My favorite thing was Nicki Minaj’s verse.’ So if I let my ego get the best of me instead of letting that girl get the shot to get that platform to be all she could be, I would take it off or marginalize her, try to stop her from having that shining moment.
With her parents frequently fighting during her childhood, Nicki Minaj lived through characters she created as a means of escape. She recalled that “fantasy was my reality” and her first identity was Cookie, who became Harajuku Barbie and later Nicki Minaj. In November 2010, Minaj assumed the alter ego Nicki Teresa, wearing a colorful headdress and calling herself “healer to her fans” during a visit to the Garden of Dreams Foundation at Fuse Studios in New York. She introduced another alter ego, Rosa (pronounced with an exaggerated R), to commemorate her December 2010 appearance on Lopez Tonight.
For Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj created another alter ego: Roman Zolanski, “a demon inside her”, Minaj’s “twin brother” whose character she assumes when she is angry. Roman has been compared to Eminem’s alter ego Slim Shady, and on “Roman’s Revenge” Minaj and Eminem collaborate as their alter egos. On her next album, she said that there would be a lot of Roman: “And if you’re not familiar with Roman, then you will be familiar with him very soon. He’s the boy that lives inside of me. He’s a lunatic and he’s gay and he’ll be on there a lot.” Roman has a mother, Martha Zolanski, who appeared on “Roman’s Revenge” with a British accent and singing on “Roman Holiday” for the first time. Martha appeared in the “Moment 4 Life” video as Minaj’s apparent fairy godmother. Although Minaj was rapping in songs such as “All I Do Is Win (Remix)”, she promised to introduce Nicki, Roman and Onika on her first album.
According to Minaj, rapper Jay-Z is one of her two major influences
Nicki Minaj has said that artists who have influenced her musical style include Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Lil Wayne, Smokey Robinson, Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Natasha Bedingfield, Remy Ma, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones, M.I.A., Cyndi Lauper and TLC. She cites Foxy Brown and Jay-Z as major influences: “I really loved [Foxy] as a female rapper. I was really interested in her mind and her aura and I was really, really into Jay-Z. Me and my friends in high school, we were reciting all of the Jay lyrics. His words were our words in our conversations all the time.” She said: “I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you’ve gotta tell people that when they’re alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they’re no longer here”, adding that Foxy Brown was “the most influential female rapper” for her, though she initially was compared to Lil Kim when she first debuted. Nicki and Lil Kim, often cited as Foxy’s main rap rival, have reportedly exchanged words with each other, on social media and in their music.
Jada Pinkett Smith is one of Minaj’s role models in her acting career. Minaj was inspired by R&B singer Monica, singing “Why I Love You So Much” at every talent show she entered. Performing in Atlanta on her Pink Friday Tour, she called Monica one of her all-time greatest musical influences. Minaj has also cited Kanye West, Trina and Drake as influences.
She called Betsey Johnson a fashion inspiration: “Betsey is a free spirit. When I met her the other day, I felt like I knew her for my whole life. She’s so warm and considerate and caring. She’s amazingly talented and I’ve been wearing her clothes forever, so to meet her was like, ‘Yay!’ I was bowing down to her; she’s dope!” Minaj has also expressed appreciation for Cyndi Lauper’s style and how her videos inspired her as a teenager: “When I first went to get my hair colored, I was about 14 and I wanted blonde highlights. The beautician said, ‘No, you have to get your mother on the phone,’ and I was just crying and begging. I’ve always been experimenting. Cyndi Lauper’s videos – that’s what intrigued me.”
Products and endorsements
Nicki Minaj has been affiliated with several manufacturing companies and has endorsed a number of products during her career. Her first collaboration was a November 2010 endorsement deal with MAC Cosmetics which sold a lipstick, “Pink 4 Friday”, for four consecutive Fridays to promote her album Pink Friday. In 2011, Minaj helped introduce the Casio TRYX in Times Square, and created a six-piece nail polish collection for OPI Products with colors named after her songs. That December, Mattel produced a custom-made, Minaj-themed Barbie doll valued at about $15,000 for auction on charitybuzz.
In April 2012, Minaj helped launch the Nokia Lumia 900 in Times Square. The following month, Minaj appeared in television and internet advertisements for Pepsi’s “LiveForNow” campaign, which featured a remix of her single “Moment 4 Life”. She endorsed the 2012 Viva Glam campaign with Ricky Martin, which raised $270 million for the Mac AIDS Fund. With designer Jeremy Scott, Minaj signed an endorsement deal with Adidas’ fall and winter 2012 campaign to appear in internet advertisements and commercials for Adidas Originals. Set to her song, “Masquerade”, her segment of the advertisement was filmed in Brooklyn and also featured Big Sean, Derrick Rose, Sky Ferreira and 2NE1 in other locations worldwide.
In early 2013, Minaj fronted the Viva Glam campaign by herself, which included the introduction of “Nicki 2 lipstick and lip gloss”. She also introduced the “Nicki Minaj Collection” clothing line for Kmart, composed of clothing, accessories and housewares. In February 2013, Bluewater Comics announced that Minaj would star in the Fame biographical-comic series, debuting in Fame: Nicki Minaj. She partnered with Beats Electronics to introduce her “Pink Pill” speakers in April 2013, appearing with DeRay Davis in a commercial for the speakers that same month.
In June 2013, Minaj lead an ad campaign for Myx Fusions, a fruit-infused, single serve moscato wine beverage of which she is a part owner.
Nicki Minaj has a prominent fragrance line, which was launched in September 2012. She partnered with ‘Give Back Brands’ to introduce her first fragrance, Pink Friday. A “Pink Friday: Special Edition” was released in April 2013. A deluxe edition version of the fragrance, titled “Pink Friday: Deluxe Edition”, was also launched in December 2013. Her second fragrance line, Minajesty, was launched in September 2013. A flanker fragrance, “Minajesty: Exotic Edition”, was released exclusively to the Home Shopping Network in June 2014. This was followed by the launch of her third fragrance line, “Onika”, in September 2014.
In December 2014, Nicki Minaj was announced as the new face of the Roberto Cavalli spring/summer 2015 campaign. The campaign images, shot in Los Angeles by Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, see Minaj posing in flowy bohemian dresses, defined by embroideries and animal prints typical of the Cavalli brand. On March 30, 2015, it was announced that Minaj is a co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal. The service specializes in lossless audio and high definition music videos. In addition to Minaj and company owner Jay Z, sixteen stakeholders including Beyoncé, Madonna, Rihanna and Kanye West own a 3% equity stake in the service.
In 2016, Nicki Minaj stated she has learned the ins and outs of business so she could do it herself.
In the same year, she launched her new fragrance “Trini Girl”.
Awards and nominations
Throughout her career, Minaj has won numerous awards including: six American Music Awards, ten BET Awards, seven BET Hip Hop Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, one Soul Train Music Award, and four Teen Choice Awards.
Nicki Minaj won the American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album in three different years for her first three albums. She has won twice MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Super Bass” and “Anaconda”, and one Best Female Video for “Starships”
Between 2011 and 2016, Minaj received a total of 10 Grammy Award nominations. She received her first Grammy nomination in 2011 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the single “My Chick Bad” with fellow rapper Ludacris. For the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012, Minaj received three nominations, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for her debut album Pink Friday. Minaj received her second nomination for Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy Awards for The Pinkprint.
Nicki Minaj is the only woman to be featured on the Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings list. She made her first appearance on the list in 2011, earning U.S. $6.5 million from May 2010 to May 2011. In 2012, she placed eighth on the list, earning U.S. $15.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Minaj rose to the fourth position on the list in 2013, earning U.S. $29 million from June 2012 to June 2013.
She made her fourth consecutive appearance on the list in 2014, earning U.S. $14 million from June 2013 to June 2014. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Minaj donated $15,000 to the Food Bank For New York City and held a turkey drive at her alma mater, PS 45.
Minaj has stated that after her father went to rehab and began attending church, he “got saved and started changing his life”. In July 2011, her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, New York, which she references in her songs “Champion” and “All Things Go”.
In late 2014, Minaj separated from her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels. They had dated since 2000. Several tracks on The Pinkprint are believed to have been inspired by the end of their relationship. She also revealed she had an abortion as a teenager in her song “All Things Go”. Minaj began dating rapper Meek Mill in early 2015. On January 5, 2017, she announced via Twitter that she had ended their two-year relationship.
Disagreements between female rapper Remy Ma and Minaj originated in 2007, when Remy took note of Minaj’s freestyle record, nicknamed “Dirty Money”, from her mixtape Playtime Is Over (2007). In the record, Nicki Minaj recites: “Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown/she won three rounds, I’ma need a hundred thou/like ‘Chinatown’ — bitches better bow down/oh you ain’t know, betcha bitches know now/fuck I got a gun — let her know that I’m the one”. When the two encountered each other at an industry party, Remy asked Minaj who she was dissing in the song. Nicki Minaj reportedly never confirmed or denied that the song was about Remy, however Remy Ma remarked in a 2010 interview, “To this day I still feel like [the song] is a stab at me; I’m gonna diss Minaj back for that one”. Since 2011, Remy Ma has stated that she supports Nicki Minaj and her success, but added that she would be “a problem” to Minaj once she is released from prison. On March 3, 2017, during a visit to The Wendy Williams Show, Remy Ma affirmed that her option in releasing a blatant Minaj diss track titled “Shether” was considered after allegations were brought forward to Ma’s camp about Minaj “trying to keep Remy Ma off of red carpets, trying to make sure awards don’t go to Remy” and “trying to make people make bad reports about Plata O Plomo album sales.”
Ma’s opinion of Minaj not being a “nice person” and past incidents with Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and Lil’ Kim were also factors in “Shether”‘s release.
Nicki Minaj has been embroiled in a feud with veteran rapper Lil’ Kim since her success with Pink Friday. Kim accused Minaj of copying her image saying, “If you are going to steal my swag, you gonna have to pay. Something gotta give. You help me, I help you. That’s how it goes to me.” Minaj’s single “Roman’s Revenge” with Eminem was believed to be a response to Kim’s comments, although she later denied this. She responded to the situation in an interview with HOT 97’s Angie Martinez saying, “She picked a fight with Foxy, then she picked a fight with Eve, then she picked a fight with Remy, then it was Mrs. Wallace, then it was Nicki Minaj. Every time you in the news, it’s ’cause you gettin’ at somebody! Where’s your music? Put your music out, and when I see your name on Billboard, that’s when I’ll respond to you. Other than that, goodbye. It’s Barbie, bitch.” Lil’ Kim reignited the feud with the release of her mixtape Black Friday (the title of which directly referenced Minaj). The artwork portrays Lil’ Kim decapitating Minaj with a sword. A fragment of a diss track called “Tragedy” was released in response by Minaj in April 2011. Following the release of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, critics suggested that the track “Stupid Hoe” may have contained attacks directed at Kim. Lil’ Kim later suggested in an interview with 105’s Breakfast Club that the song “Automatic” was similar to her unreleased material, also calling Minaj “obnoxious” and “catty”.
On October 4, 2012, a dispute between Nicki Minaj and Da Brat embroiled via Twitter after fabricated reports of Brat defending Mariah Carey and threatening to beat Minaj with a bottle were released. Minaj denounced Brat as a “sir” and tweeted: “The struggle for u to even AFFORD that bottle is why the barbz r now cackling DOWNNNt.” Da Brat responded to Minaj by tweeting: “Nicki nor Mariah has ever disrespected me so I would not disrespect either of them.” In November 2012, Nicki Minaj accused rock musician Steven Tyler and American journalist Barbara Walters as racists over comments surrounding her American Idol feud with Mariah Carey.
In February 2014, disagreements between Malcolm X daughter Ilyasah Shabazz and Minaj’s promotional team reached when Shabazz was displeased by the artwork of her slain father used “inappropriately” for Minaj’s single “Lookin’ Ass Nigga”. A statement from the Malcolm X estate was prompted, reading: “Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single does not depict the truth of Malcolm X’s legacy, is completely disrespectful, and in no way is endorsed by [Shabazz or the Malcolm X] family.” Minaj released an apology to the estate, however the rapper received backlash after remarks were made towards Shabazz in a mixtape recording (“Chi-Raq”) that went: “Malcolm X daughter came at me/lookin’ ass niggas ain’t happy/rolled out with some Latin Kings and some eses in them plain khaki’s.”
In 2015, parties between Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj reached conflict after allegations of Minaj’s impolite behavior was reported to New York Times. During an onstage appearance at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, words were exchanged between the pair when Minaj stated: “Now, back to this bitch who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press: Miley, what’s good?” Cyrus later relayed that her Times interview was “manipulated”.
In 2016, Minaj referenced Cyrus in a remix to Yo Gotti’s album track “Down in the DM”.
Best Known For
Different style and color of wigs
Pink Friday, released on November 19, 2010. It consists of 13 singles making it a total of 50:13 minutes long.
2012 film Ice Age: Continental Drift. This is an animated film, so she has given her voice for her role as Steffie.
Nicki Minaj Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Popeyes Chicken, Boneless Stew Chicken, Kit Kats and Twix
Favorite Color – Pink
Favorite Accessories – Costume Stores
Favorite Movies – Gladiator, Set It Off
Nicki Minaj Facts
Nicki Minaj was the first artist to ever have seven songs on Billboard charts at the same time.
Nicki also became the first female artist to be included on MTV’s Annual Hottest MC List.
Minaj has a tattoo in Chinese characters on her left arm, which means “God is always with you.”
Her dad had a bad temper and was even addicted to drugs and alcohol. But, after going through rehab, he started changing.
Before becoming famous as a singer, Minaj had worked at more than 15 places like as a waitress at Red Lobster (in the Bronx), office manager at Wall Street Store, administrative work, customer service, etc. But, most of the times, she was fired giving the ‘inhospitality’ reason.