Jourdan Dunn is a British model and actress. She was discovered in Hammersmith Primark in 2006 and signed to Storm Model Management in London shortly thereafter. She began appearing on international runways in early 2007. In February 2008, she was the first black model to walk a Prada runway in over a decade.
In April 2014, it was announced that Dunn was signed as the new face of Maybelline New York. As of July 2014, she was declared an icon by models.com. In 2014, Forbes listed Dunn in their top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $US4 million in one year. She was the first black British model to make the list. She appeared on the February cover of British Vogue in 2015, becoming the first solo black model to grace the cover in 12 years. Dunn is a part of a small elite group of modern day models considered to be this generation’s supermodels.
Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. The daughter of Kenyan politician Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, she was born in Mexico City where her father was teaching and was raised in Kenya from the age of one. She attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College.
Nyong’o began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009–2012). Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She then pursued a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Soon after her graduation, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.
Nyong’o made her Broadway debut as a teenage orphan in the critically acclaimed play Eclipsed (2015), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Following a motion capture role as Maz Kanata in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Nyong’o starred as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018).
In addition to acting, Nyong’o supports historic preservation. She is vocal about preventing sexual harassment and working for animal rights. In 2014, she was named the most beautiful woman by People.
Olivia Culpo is an American model and beauty queen who won the Miss Universe 2012 pageant, representing her home country of United States. She previously won the Miss Rhode Island USA competition, which was the first pageant she entered. She went on to be crowned Miss USA, then Miss Universe. She is the first winner from the United States to be named Miss Universe since Brook Lee in 1997.
Cassie Ventura leaves little to the imagination in cleavage baring trouser suit as she joins dapper boyfriend Sean 'Diddy' Combs at late night Grammys after-party. With the dust settling on a memorable evening at the 60th annual Grammy Awards it was Cassie Ventura who caught the eye as she joined boyfriend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs at the event’s star-studded after-party. With Bruno Mars sweeping the board with six awards at the prestigious event, Cassie caught the eye in a cleavage baring orange trouser suit as they made an entrance at New York nightspot 10AK.
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CASSIEWARMS UP ...For Diddy's NYE Blowout.
Diddy's (Sean Diddy Combs rap singer) girlfriend needed a little sun before a little bubbly for New Year's -- and she definitely got it ... on all sides. Paps got Cassie hitting the beach in Miami hours before her guy threw a blowout of a NYE party at their house -- where Diddy ended up helping a drunk woman who'd passed out. As for Cassie, looks like she was gettin' her sip on before the clock struck 12. She was all smiles too, and why wouldn't she be? It's easy to be happy when you look this good.
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diddys girl Cassie Ventura in GQ magazine
Cassie Ventura with Rihanna in party
Born Name Casandra Elizabeth Ventura
Years active 2005–present
Age: 31 years and 10 months
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Measurements 34-24-34 in or 86-61-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
Father – Filipino ancestry
Mother – Stacey Hobson (African-American and Mexican ethnicity)
Siblings – Rod Ventura (Brother)
Cassie is signed to these modeling agencies –
R&B, contemporary R&B, pop, hip hop soul
Cassie Ventura attended a preparatory school, Williams School in New London, Connecticut. She finished her schooling in 2004. Cassie did not pursue her college education; instead moved to New York to learn dancing and do modeling assignments.
She is of Filipino descent on her father’s side and African-American, and Mexican descent on her mother’s side.
She has modeled for various local departmental stores, Delia (for their fashion catalog), Seventeen magazine, Calvin Klein one, Adidas, Clean and Clear and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Cassie is the face of Asos 2013 Spring collection.
Born in New London, Connecticut, she began her career as a result of meeting record producer Ryan Leslie in late 2002, who later signed her to NextSelection Lifestyle Group. During this time, Diddy heard “Me & U” in a club, and Leslie convinced him to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s NextSelection imprint for the release of Cassie’s debut album.
Cassie’s self titled debut studio album was released in August 2006, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 top three hit “Me & U”, which became a major hit in 2006.
She began work on her second studio album in 2007 releasing three singles; “Official Girl” featuring Lil Wayne in August 2008, “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy in April 2009, and “Let’s Get Crazy” featuring Akon in August 2009, which all failed to chart in the USA, in late 2009 Cassie signed a record deal with Interscope Records. On April 11, 2013 Cassie released her debut mixtape RockaByeBaby, which was promoted with the release of “Numb” featuring Rick Ross and “Paradise” featuring Wiz Khalifa.
Apart from music, Cassie is signed to modeling agency Wilhelmina Models and One Management. Cassie has modeled for Calvin Klein one and has been featured in magazines including GQ and Bust and becoming the face of ASOS 2013 spring collection.
Cassie has appeared in adverts for Delia’s, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Seventeen, and a commercial for Clean and Clear.
Cassie is known for being a style icon due to her “edgy style” and “feminine” and “sophisticated” fashion. Cassie is also known for setting the trend among women of shaving their hair, after Cassie shaved hers in 2009 influenced by punk.
Cassie cites Kate Moss as her style influence.
Cassie has also ventured into acting; she made her film debut in Step Up 2: The Streets (2008).
Cassie Ventura was born in 1986 in New London, Connecticut; the daughter of a Filipino father and a mother of African-American, Mexican and West Indian descent.
She attended the Williams School, a preparatory school, located on the Connecticut College campus.
At age 14 Cassie began modeling, and when she was sixteen, she was modeling for local department stores, Delia’s fashion catalog, and Seventeen.
Cassie also briefly appeared in R&B singer Mario’s “Just a Friend 2002” music video.
Encouraged by producer Rockwilder, Cassie took vocal lessons, modern ballet, as well as using her school’s performing arts program.
Cassie finished high school in 2004, instead of going to college like her peers she moved to New York City, where she returned to modeling and classes at the Broadway Dance Center.
While Cassie was in New York, she began booking print and commercial modeling gigs and being represented by Wilhelmina Models.
Ryan Leslie spotted Cassie at clubs and parties in late 2002 frequently. The two wrote a duet called “Kiss Me”, and after recording the track, Leslie played the song for music executive Tommy Mottola.
Mottola offered Cassie a management deal, and Leslie signed her to NextSelection Lifestyle Group, his music-media company he founded with online marketing partner Rasheed Richmond.
Leslie wrote and produced Cassie’s first single, “Me & U”, in 2005. The song became a club hit in Germany.
During this time, Diddy heard “Me & U” in a club, and Leslie convinced him to partner his Bad Boy Records with Leslie’s NextSelection imprint for the release of Cassie’s debut album.
Ryan Leslie produced most of the album, which is a mix of R&B/hip hop/pop. Ventura said in an interview, “I rap, I sing, I do my R&B, I do my slow songs and stuff that the girls will love, I have a down South joint, I have a rock song that I did with my girls this band called Pretty Boys.”
She paid tribute to her Filipino culture by incorporating OPM sounds into some of the ballads. The album, Cassie, was released on August 8, 2006 and sold 321,000 copies in the United States.
The album’s lead single “Me & U” peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than 1 million digital downloads.
To promote her album, Cassie performed on Total Request Live and 106 & Park: BET’s Top 10 Live. Her performances were described as “rocky” and “less-than-stellar”, but Diddy said that it was due to her inexperience.
He said that he would be “with her through her development”, and that he has no “question on her ability to sing”.
Cassie addressed the events on her MySpace page, saying that she is aware that her performances were “pretty bad”, and that she was “still getting over stage fright”.
MTV News reported in June 2007 that contrary to rumors, Cassie had not been dropped from Bad Boy Records after releasing two singles from her self-titled debut album. Diddy said that she was in the studio working with producers Kanye West and Pharrell Williams on her second album.
It was also reported that Cassie was no longer collaborating with Ryan Leslie, who had produced the majority of her debut album. However, the singer later stated that she was open to collaborating with Leslie again.
According to Bad Boy A&R Daniel ‘Skid’ Mitchell, rather than largely relying on the one songwriter-producer, the new album’s mix of writers and producers, as well as her own co-write input, makes it a more personal record for her.
Additional production on the album came from Seven and LV, as well as Diddy himself.
Cassie said that she had also collaborated with Akon, The Neptunes, Danja, Eric Hudson, The Surf Club and Rob Holiday, although she was not sure which tracks were going to be included on the album.
Commenting on the number of producers on the album, Cassie said that she “collaborated with a lot of different producers and a lot of different writers, which was an amazing opportunity for me, because on my first album, one producer Ryan Leslie straight through…which was fun, but it was nice to experience other people.”
2008–13: Acting and RockaByeBaby
In 2008 Cassie made her film debut as Sophie Donovan in the dance film Step Up 2: The Streets, Cassie also sang the lead single “Is It You” to the Step Up soundtrack. The song was released on November 13, 2007, and peaked at eighty-five on the Canadian Hot 100 and fifty-two in the United Kingdom.
In July 2009, Cassie announced that her second studio album’s title would be Electro Love. Cassie said that her new album will demonstrate more “independence”; there will be a “difference in vocals, a little bit more personality. And it’s definitely a sensual album”. Three singles have been released from the album; “Official Girl” featuring Lil Wayne in August 2008, “Must Be Love” featuring Diddy in April 2009, and “Let’s Get Crazy” featuring Akon in August 2009. All three singles failed to chart in the United States.
After several delays, it was announced in December 2009 that Cassie had signed a new record deal with Interscope Records. She is featured in a spread in the August/September issue of Bust in which she said a new single will be released in the fall. She has recently told her Twitter followers that she is still in the studio recording for her album. At the time of an October 2010 interview with HitQuarters, A&R Daniel ‘Skid’ Mitchell said that Cassie had already recorded around fifty songs for the album. Mitchell said that she was taking her time over the album because she is keen for “it to be something that people are going to respect”.
She also appeared in rapper Wiz Khalifa’s “Roll Up” music video as his love interest.
Cassie released the single, “King of Hearts”, which was released in the United States on February 14, 2012, along with the official music video.
On April 24, 2012, Cassie performed the single live for the first time at BET’s 106 & Park music video show. She concluded the performance with a brief dance number set to the Kanye West remix of the song, along with four dancers. After the performance Cassie and 106 & Park were worldwide trending topics on Twitter and it received mostly mixed to positive reviews from various online media outlets.
The single, “Balcony”, featuring Young Jeezy, was then sent to U.S. urban radio stations on September 18, 2012.
On September 13, 2012, Nicki Minaj released the debut single off her re-release album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, titled “The Boys”, featuring Cassie.
The song was then sent to urban radios on September 25 and a music video was released on October 18.
In July 2012, Cassie announced in a letter to her fans that she had been working simultaneously on her album and a new mixtape titled RockaByeBaby.
RockaByeBaby was released on April 11, 2013, and was named the best mixtape of the year by Dazed & Confused. The mixtape saw the release of “Numb” featuring American rapper Rick Ross on April 2, along with the songs accompanying music video and “Paradise” featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa premiered on April 9, 2013 alongside the video on BET 106 & Park.
In April 2013 it was announced that Cassie was the face of the Summer 2013 Forever 21 collection.
2016: Second studio album and return to acting
In March 2015, Cassie’s boyfriend, rapper Diddy announced he would return to producing and revealed he would be producing songs for Cassie’s second studio album.
In 2016 it was announced Cassie would return to acting, playing the lead role in the romantic comedy The Perfect Match. Released on March 11, 2016, the Billie Woodruff directed film, stars Cassie alongside Terrence J who plays Charlie, a successful playboy who doesn’t believe in love until he crosses paths with the sexy Eva (Cassie).
In August 2017, she released the single “Love a Loser” featuring American rapper G-Eazy.
Cassie’s musical sound is R&B, pop, and hip hop soul. Her voice has “character and ability”.
Cassie cites Aaliyah, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Nine Inch Nails, Britney Spears, La Lupe, Mariah Carey, Faith Evans and Usher as musical influences. Cassie also refers to herself as a “die-hard Janet Jackson fan”, continuing to say “I’d love to emulate Janet Jackson’s career—totally, Janet Jackson is an incredible and fantastic, from her moves to her voice”.
Cassie debut album was R&B and pop rock with urban and contemporary R&B styles, the album contained “looming synthesizer patterns” and “ice-cream-truck melody to give it a slightly twisted and threatening edge”, as well as containing “flippant playfulness”.
RockaByeBaby is an R&B and hip hop mixtape that featured “dark” and a “raw, laid back vibe”.
In May 2015, Cassie was featured in a racy advertisement for Diddy’s fragrance “3 AM”.
Cassie released her debut album titled Cassie on August 8, 2006. It charted at #4 in the Billboard US 200 and received a fairly good response. A total of 321,000 copies of the album were sold. The album also contains one the hit singles of 2006 “Me & U”.
Cassie debuted into acting with the 2008 film Step Up 2: The Streets for her role as Sophie Donovan, Chase’s ex-girlfriend.
Cassie Ventura Facts
She started her modeling career at the age of 14.
She was the face of ASOS 2013 Spring collection.
Cassie began her career in 2002 after meeting the record producer Ryan Leslie.
Kate Moss is her style influencer.
Cassie’s music influences include late Aaliyah, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, La Lupe, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Stevie Wonder.
She was also the face of Summer 2013 Forever 21 collection.
Amber Rose is best known for working with many famous brands and designers, as a model.
Granted, this is not Amber Rose’s most expensive ride but it is the most recognizable one. The controversial TV diva owns a Rolls-Royce Wraith, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and a $4.2 million convertible Ferrari. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited SUV had gone through some extreme Barbie makeover when it was customized to be painted in an all-pink exterior and interior. Later, Rose ordered a pink chrome wrap for her SUV to make it stand out even more.
Amber Rose in Bikini
Amber Rose See Through
Amber Rose Night Out In Santa Monica
Amber Rose instagram pics
Amber Rose In Swimsut At A Beach In Miami
Occupation Actress, model, recording artist, socialite
Age: 34 years and 8 months
Born Name Amber Levonchuck
Sun Sign Libra
Hair Color Amber is naturally brunette, but she dyes her hair blonde with a buzz cut.
Eye Color Brown
Height 5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
Measurements 42-27-41 in or 107-69-104 cm Bra Size 36H
Father – Michael Levonchuck (Served in the military for 20 years)
Mother – Dorothy Rose
Siblings – Antonio Hewlett (Brother)
Amber Levonchuck was born on October 21, 1983 in Philadelphia, to Dorothy Rose and Michael Levonchuck.
Her father is of Irish and Italian descent and her mother is of Cape Verdean African and maternal Scottish descent from Ayrshire.
She has one brother named Antonio Hewlett. Rose grew up in South Philadelphia.
At the age of 15, Rose began stripping, under the pseudonym “Paris”, to provide for her family after the divorce of her parents.
Amber is half Italian and Irish (due to dad) and half Cape Verdean and Scottish (due to mom).
Letitia Jean “Tish” Cyrus, mother of pop singer Miley Cyrus manages Amber Rose.
But, as a model, she was managed by these modeling agencies –
Creative Artists Agency
Genre: Hip hop
Amber Rose had advertised for Louis Vuitton, Celestino, Boadicea the Victorious, Smirnoff (vodka brand) (spokesperson)
Rose’s appearance in Young Jeezy and Kanye West’s “Put On” video in 2008 caught the attention of West.
Rose then gained more exposure after posing for a Louis Vuitton print advertisement featuring West’s sneaker line.
Rose walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for “Celestino,” Rose has also made cameos in music videos such as Nicki Minaj’s “Massive Attack,” Young Jeezy’s “Vacation,” Wiz Khalifa’s “No Sleep,” Fabolous’ “You Be Killin’ Em,” Ludacris’ “What Them Girls Like and Future’s “Mask Off.”
She was signed with modeling agency Ford Models from 2009 to 2010.
In 2010, she appeared in Russell Simmons’s reality show about his two assistants, “Running Russell Simmons.”
She also starred in a PSA by NOH8 Campaign.
In 2011, Rose was a guest judge on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
She was also a judge on Season 2 of Master of the Mix.
In November 2011, she became the spokesperson for Smirnoff and appeared in television ads and billboards for the company’s new flavors Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow.
Rose released her debut single “Fame,” which features Wiz Khalifa, on January 10, 2012, followed by a second single, titled “Loaded,” released on February 6, 2012.
She then rapped on the eleventh track of her ex-husband’s album O.N.I.F.C., titled “Rise Above,” along with rappers Tuki Carter and Pharrell Williams, who produced the song.
She was managed by Leticia “Tish” Cyrus, mother of singer Miley Cyrus, who is Rose’s and her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa’s close friend.
In September 2009, Rose announced plans to launch her own eyewear line.
In 2012, Rose opened a clothing line with her friend Priscilla Ono called Rose & Ono.
Rose guest-starred on an episode of Wild ‘N Out on MTV2, and had a role as “MaryWanna” in the film School Dance, which was directed by her manager, Nick Cannon in 2014.
Simon & Schuster published her first book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, in which she offers advice and personal anecdotes on everything from finances and career to love and fashion.
The cover features an image shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle.
In 2015, Rose filmed “Walk of No Shame with Amber Rose” with Funny or Die.
The viral video helped promote Rose’s SlutWalk, which took place on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
In March 2016, Rose launched an emoji app called MuvaMoji, featuring 900 emoji icons that she curated.
Upon release, it shot to No. 1 on the App Store charts. She earned US$4 million from the app.
In May 2016, it was announced that Rose would star in her own talk show entitled The Amber Rose Show on VH1, which debuted on July 8, 2016.
On September 8, 2016, Rose began hosting Loveline.
Dancing with the Stars
On August 30, 2016, Rose was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars.
She was partnered with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
They were eliminated on October 17 and finished in 9th place.
Rose began dating rapper Wiz Khalifa in early 2011. The couple got engaged on March 1, 2012, and married on July 8, 2013.
Their son Sebastian Taylor Thomaz was born on February 21, 2013.
Rose, Khalifa, and their son divided their time between homes in Los Angeles and Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Rose filed for divorce from Khalifa on September 22, 2014, citing irreconcilable differences and planned to take full custody of their son Sebastian.
As of 2015, Rose and Khalifa have joint custody of their son.
Rose is currently dating American rapper 21 Savage.
In 2009, in regard to her sexual orientation, Rose stated, “I’m extremely open with my sexuality.
I can be in love with a woman, I can be in love with a man. As far as humans go, I definitely find beauty in everybody, whether they’re heavy-set, super-skinny, if they’re white, black, Indian, Asian, Spanish. I can see beauty in anybody.
If I see a woman and I think she’s beautiful and I like her, and she likes me back we can definitely try to be in a relationship together.”
In 2016, Rose disclosed to guest Margaret Cho during an episode of her podcast Love Line with Amber Rose that she once dated a trans man.
In 2018, on an episode of Love Line she opened up on what she does when her boyfriend, rapper 21 Savage, is not with her.
She revealed, “I’ve sniffed his [21 Savage’s] underwear, like where his balls are, it smells so good!”. After getting a cosign from sex therapist and weekly podcast co-host, Dr. Chris Donaghue, Rose then asked “Are we gross? That’s hot to me, I’m sorry,” she continued. “It has the smell of their pubic hair walking around throughout the day… Woo!”.
Rose identifies herself as a feminist.
On October 3, 2015, Rose led the L.A.-based SlutWalk to honor all women who have been judged and demeaned for their sexual behavior.
As part of the event, Rose spoke publicly about the instances of shaming she has experienced, specifically mentioning an incident at the age of 14, when a male classmate pulled his genitals out while in a closet with her playing the kissing game “7 Minutes in Heaven.”
Rose related that he tricked her into kneeling down in front of him, then threw open the closet door for all of their friends to see, suggesting oral sex had taken place.
Rose grew visibly agitated while speaking about the bullying that followed, demonstrating for her audience the depth of the trauma the experience caused.
The walk has been a success and has been taking place for three consecutive years.
As Recording Artist
On January 10, 2012, Amber released her debut single “Fame” ft. Wiz Khalifa followed by another single on February 6, 2012 entitled “Loaded”.
First TV Show
She has guest appeared in the horror TV series A Haunting for her role as Jessie in 2007 in an episode titled “Spirits of the Dead”.
After giving birth to her first child, a son named, Sebastian, Amber hired Kelly Rowland‘s personal trainer, Jeanette Jenkins to lose her post-baby weight. She had reached 202 pounds at the time of delivery. She worked out daily to lose that weight and was successful in losing some 30 pounds of that stubborn weight. She believes that it is very difficult to lose pregnancy weight as you stretch the stomach for a long period of nine months and suddenly to make the tummy stick back is tough.
Amber Rose Favorite Things
Beauty Products – YSL [Teint Resist] foundation, M.A.C Lipglass in ‘Pink Lemonade’, Mona Lisa [shade ‘Hot Pink #14’] lipstick
Amber Rose Facts
She and Wiz Khalifa are close friends with Miley Cyrus.
She used to live with her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa and child Sebastian in her two homes in Los Angeles, California and Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
She has appeared on various tracks of her ex-hubby Wiz Khalifa’s albums.
To maintain the buzz cut, she shaves her head twice a week.
At 15, she started doing stripteasing under the pseudonym “Paris.”
With her friend Priscilla Ono, Amber started a fashion line called Rose & Ono.
Amber first shaved her head at 19. Since that time, she has maintained her buzz cut.
As per her official Instagram profile, she is a “certified slut.”
In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on American rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single “Right Round”.
Genre Dance, electronic, hip hop, pop
Labels RCA Records, Kemosabe Records
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Brand Endorsements Casio watches’ Baby-G line (2010)
Years active: 2005–present
Labels: Kemosabe Records, RCA Records, Associated acts, Flo Rida Pitbull
Age: 31 years and 4 months
Height: 5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
Measurements 36-28-37 in or 91.5-71-94 cm
Bra size 34B
Nick Name: K-Money, Ke-Dollarsign-Ha
Sun Sign: Pisces
Kesha has attended Franklin High School and also Brentwood High School. She dropped out of school after she turned 17 at the request of Dr. Luke and Max Martin, as they wanted Kesha to concentrate on the music career. She later earned her GED.
Father – She doesn’t know, who her father is.
Mother – Patricia Rose “Pebe” Sebert (Singer, songwriter)
Siblings – Lagan (Older Brother)
She has Polish and Hungarian ancestry.
Her natural hair color is “Light Brown.”
But, she dyes her hair blonde or with other colors.
Eye Color: Blue
Kesha’s music and image propelled her to immediate success, with her debut album Animal premiering at the top of the charts in several countries. She achieved 3 more number-one singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R” as a solo artist, and “Timber” as a featured artist. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, becoming respected as a songwriter. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in 2012, and spawned her eighth consecutive top-ten single “Die Young”. “Tik Tok”, at one point, was the best-selling digital single in history, selling over 16.5 million units internationally.
Since 2013, Kesha has been in legal dispute with her former producer Dr. Luke, in which a series of lawsuits (known collectively as Kesha v. Dr. Luke) were exchanged between the two parties. Kesha accused him of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and employment discrimination against her, while Dr. Luke claims breach of contract and defamation by Kesha. During this period, the singer only managed to release one single. She returned to music in 2017 with the release of her third studio album, Rainbow, and its lead single “Praying”; both of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Kesha has received several awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has reportedly sold over 59 million records in the United States and 76 million records worldwide.
Kesha was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Patricia Rose “Pebe” Sebert, is a singer-songwriter who co-wrote the 1978 single “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” with Hugh Moffatt for Joe Sun, made popular by country music artist Dolly Parton on her 1980 album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. Pebe, a single mother, struggled financially while supporting herself, Kesha, and Kesha’s older brother Lagan; they relied on welfare payments and food stamps to get by. When Kesha was an infant, Pebe would often have to look after her onstage while performing. Kesha says she has no knowledge of her father’s identity, though she has jokingly speculated that he may be Mick Jagger. However, a man named Bob Chamberlain who called himself her father approached Star magazine in 2011 with pictures and letters, claiming them as proof that they had been in regular contact as father and daughter before she turned 19. Her mother is of German and Hungarian (from Szentes) descent. One of Kesha’s great-grandfathers was Polish.
Pebe moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1991 after securing a new publishing deal for her songwriting. Pebe frequently brought Kesha and her brothers along to recording studios and encouraged Kesha to sing when she noticed Kesha’s vocal talent.Kesha attended Franklin High School and Brentwood High School, but claimed that she did not fit in, explaining that her unconventional style (such as homemade purple velvet pants and purple hair) did not endear her to other students. She played the trumpet and later the saxophone in the marching band in school, and described herself in an interview with NPR as being a diligent student. After attaining a near-perfect score on her SATs, she was accepted to Barnard College at Columbia University, but instead chose to drop out before graduation to pursue her music career.
In addition to taking songwriting classes, Kesha was also taught how to write songs by Pebe, and they would often write together when she returned home from high school. Kesha began recording demos which Pebe would give to people she knew. Kesha was also in a band with Lagan. Kesha and Pebe co-wrote the song “Stephen” together when Kesha was 16, Kesha then tracked down David Gamson, a producer that she admired, from Scritti Politti who agreed to produce the song. She dropped out of school at 17, after being convinced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin to return to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, and earned her GED after. Around this time, Pebe answered an ad by reality series The Simple Life, looking for an “eccentric” family to host Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The episode aired in 2005. Luke and Martin had received one of Kesha’s demos from Samantha Cox, senior director of writer/publisher relations at Broadcast Music Incorporated, and were impressed. Two of the demos were described in a cover story for Billboard, the first “a gorgeously sung, self-penned country ballad” and the second “a gobsmackingly awful trip-hop track” where Kesha raps ad lib for a minute when she runs out of lyrics near the end. Dr. Luke stated in an interview for the story that it was the latter track that caught his attention, saying “when you’re listening to 100 CDs, that kind of bravado and chutzpah stand out.”
2005–2009: Career beginnings
In 2005, at 18, Kesha was signed to Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and his music publishing company, Prescription Songs. Kemosabe Records is owned by Sony Music Entertainment and is located in Los Angeles, California. Sony Music Entertainment partnered with Dr. Luke to create Kemosabe Records. Some artists that have signed with Kemosabe Records are Juicy J, Rock City, Zara Larsson, Lil Bibby, Becky G and many others. Kesha later sang background vocals for Paris Hilton’s single, “Nothing in This World”. Dr. Luke became preoccupied with other incoming projects, having enjoyed success writing and producing for pop star Kelly Clarkson’s album, Breakaway. Kesha then signed with David Sonenberg’s management company, DAS Communications Inc., in 2006, hardly interacting with Dr. Luke after that. DAS was tasked with obtaining a major label record deal for Kesha in a year’s time in exchange for 20 percent of her music income, with her having the option of ending the relationship if they failed. She worked with several writers and producers while at the company and ended up co-writing Australian pop group The Veronicas’ single, “This Love” with producer Toby Gad. While furthering her career in studio, Kesha earned her living as a waitress. While struggling to get by, she began stylizing her name as Ke$ha, explaining the dollar sign as an ironic gesture.
Kesha appeared in the video for her friend Katy Perry’s single “I Kissed a Girl”, and sang background vocals for the Dr. Luke-produced song, “Lace and Leather” by Britney Spears in 2008. DAS soon attracted the attention of songwriter and A&R Kara DioGuardi, who wanted to sign Kesha to Warner Bros. Records. The deal fell through due to her existing contract with Dr. Luke’s label. In September, she terminated her contract with DAS, reuniting with Dr. Luke. Kesha gained exposure in the mainstream media in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida’s number one single, “Right Round”. The collaboration happened by accident; she had walked into a recording session for the song with Flo Rida and Dr. Luke. Flo Rida wanted a female voice for the song; Dr. Luke then suggested Kesha for the part. Flo Rida liked the end result so much that they did two more tracks. However, she is not credited for her feature on the United States release of “Right Round” and did not collect any money for the part. She also refused to appear in the video, explaining to men’s magazine Esquire that she wanted to make a name for herself on her own terms.
2009–2011: Breakthrough and Animal
After failing to negotiate with Lava Records and Atlantic Records in 2009, Kesha signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records through Dr. Luke’s imprint. Having spent the previous six years working on material for her debut album, she began putting finishing touches to the album with Luke and Max Martin. For the album, she wrote 200 songs. The album was executive produced by Luke, who produced the majority of the songs with Martin, and producers Benny Blanco and Ammo. The album is primarily of the electropop genre with beats and synths, marking a shift in sound for Luke from his signature pop-rock productions. Animal debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 when it was released in January 2010. It was certified platinum in the United States and had sold two million albums worldwide by September. The lead single of the album, “Tik Tok”, broke the record in the United States for the highest single week sales, selling 610,000 digital downloads, the highest ever by a female artist since tracking began in 2003. It spent nine weeks at number one and became the longest running number one by a female artist on her debut single since Debby Boone and “You Light Up My Life” in 1977. As of 2015, “Tik Tok” has sold about 15 million copies, becoming the second best-selling single in the digital history – being the most sold single in history by a female solo artist. Subsequent singles from the album, “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is My Drug” and “Take It Off” achieved similar commercial success each reaching the top ten in Canada, Australia, and the United States. Kesha was also featured on two top ten singles by musician Taio Cruz and electro-pop duo 3OH!3.
Kesha’s deliberately unpolished aesthetic and juvenile stage persona, which she described as her own personality “times ten”, quickly made her a deeply polarizing figure. Some of her critics found her output to be unsophisticated, while others felt that she was manufactured and lacked credibility. Kesha’s former managers from DAS Communications Inc. filed a lawsuit later that month, seeking $14 million from Kesha and $12 million from Luke for commissions on her RCA Records deal, alleging that she had extended the deadline for them to get her a major record label contract and squeezed them out of her career under pressure from Dr. Luke. Kesha launched her own lawsuit in October, citing the California-exclusive Talent Agencies Act and asking the California Labor Commissioner to declare her contract with DAS void because it had acted as an unlicensed talent agent while procuring work for her in California, where only licensed agents can do so. The case was settled in 2012 before the release of her second album. Kesha held a benefit concert on June 16, 2010, where all proceeds went to aid victims of the May 2010 Tennessee floods from her hometown Nashville. She raised close to $70,000 from the event. She was a supporting act on the summer North American leg of Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour and was awarded Best New Act at the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards. In November 2010, Animal was re-released with a companion extended play, Cannibal. The lead single taken from Cannibal, “We R Who We R” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. With two number ones and four top ten hits, Kesha was named Hot 100 Artist of 2010 by Billboard, with “Tik Tok” topping the year-end chart. The follow-up single from Cannibal, “Blow” charted in the top ten on the Hot 100. As of June 2011, she has accumulated almost 21 million digital single downloads in the United States alone. In February 2011, Kesha embarked on her first headlining world tour, Get Sleazy. The tour was expanded with a summer leg due to the first leg selling out and spanned three continents. Kesha also co-wrote the song “Till the World Ends” for American popstar Britney Spears and she was featured on the remix of the song along with rapper Nicki Minaj. After meeting Kesha at the 2010 Grammy Awards and guesting at a number of her concerts, rock singer Alice Cooper asked her to write lyrics for and vocally perform as a devil character for their duet track, “What Baby Wants”, on Cooper’s album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
Kesha was named rights group Humane Society of the United States’s first global ambassador for animal rights, for which she is expected to bring attention to such practices as cosmetics testing on animals and shark finning. Kesha received the Wyler Award presented by The Humane Society as a celebrity or public figure who increases awareness of animal issues via the media. She received the award March 23, 2013, at The 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. She also appeared alongside rock singer Iggy Pop in a campaign for PETA, protesting the clubbing of baby seals in Canada and later wrote on behalf of the organization to fast food chain McDonald’s over the conditions of their slaughterhouses.
2012–2013: Warrior and other projects
Kesha’s second studio album, Warrior was released on November 30, 2012. She began writing for the album while on her own headlining tour in 2011. The album featured productions from her main collaborators Dr. Luke and Max Martin, as well as a song by Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the alternative band The Flaming Lips. Coyne had reached out to Kesha for a collaboration after hearing that she was a fan of the band. Besides working on Kesha’s album, they recorded the song “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded)” for the band’s album, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. To coincide with the release of the album, Kesha released an illustrated autobiography, My Crazy Beautiful Life through Touchstone Books in November 2012. The first single taken from Warrior was “Die Young”. The song debuted at number thirteen on Billboard Hot 100 and eventually peaked at number 2. The song also charted across Europe and the English-speaking world and reached the top ten in Canada, Australia, and Belgium. “C’Mon”, the album’s second single, underperformed commercially; only peaking at 27 on Billboard Hot 100 and ending her string of top ten hits on the chart. Despite this, “C’Mon” continued Kesha’s streak of top ten hits (with nine) on the Mainstream Top 40 Pop Songs chart graphed by Billboard. In March 2013, Kesha announced the Warrior Tour, which would support the album. The North American leg was co-headlined with rapper Pitbull. Kesha’s third single from Warrior, “Crazy Kids”, was released in April 2013 and also under-performed, peaking at number 40 on the Hot 100, number 19 on Mainstream Top 40, yet did achieve massive success in South Korea and Belgium peaking at numbers 2, and 5 in those countries respectively. A TV series documentary, Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life began airing on MTV in April 2013.
In July 2013, The Flaming Lips announced that they hoped to release a full-length collaborative album with Kesha, called Lipsha, although it was eventually cancelled in the winter of the same year. Kesha sent a message to a fan expressing how it was out of her control and that she wanted to release the material, even for free, saying that she did not care about the money. On October 7, 2013, Kesha and Pitbull released a collaboration, “Timber”, produced by Luke, which was an international commercial success and became Kesha’s third number-one and her eleventh top 10 single on the Hot 100 chart.
2014–2015: Lawsuit and personal struggles
In January 2014, Kesha checked into rehab for bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder, and began to work on her third studio album. After checking out of rehab she chose to use her birth name in favor of her previous moniker, using a normal “s” instead of the symbol “$”. In her August 2014 Teen Vogue cover interview, Kesha revealed she had recorded 14 new songs while in rehab. In June 2014, Kesha claimed a seat as an expert in ABC’s Rising Star alongside Brad Paisley and Ludacris. In October 2014, Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse, and violation of California business practices which had occurred over 10 years working together. The lawsuit went on for about a year before Kesha sought a preliminary injunction to release her from Kemosabe Records. On February 19, 2016, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled against this request. On April 6, 2016, Kornreich dismissed the case, saying that even if the allegations of sexual assault are accepted as true, the five-year statute of limitations had run out on the two most specific rape allegations, one occurring in 2005 and the other in 2008.
On November 2, 2014, a new song written by Kesha titled “Lover”, was uploaded to Schpilkas’ SoundCloud, who produced the track alongside Spookey Ruben. The track was later included on Ruben’s album Welsh Rarebits. On June 13, 2015, Kesha headlined LA! Pride 2015 Presented by Christopher Street West in West Hollywood, California. On August 4, 2015, Kesha signed with SESAC Inc. Kesha guest starred in the second season of the U.S. television series Jane the Virgin, which aired on October 12, 2015. The singer played Annabelle, Jane’s hostile neighbor. In December 2015, Kesha revealed that she had formed a country music and classic rock-influenced band called Yeast Infection and performed a live show with the band in Nashville on December 23.
2016–present: Rainbow and touring
Kesha appeared during Zedd’s slot at the 2016 Coachella festival to perform “True Colors”, a track from Zedd’s second studio album. The cameo marked her first high-profile public performance since her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke. A studio version of the collaboration was released as a single on April 29, 2016. Kesha covered Bob Dylan’s song “It Ain’t Me Babe” at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. On June 11, 2016, Kesha performed at Pride in the Street in Pittsburgh, PA. Afterward, Kesha embarked on her third world tour, the Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour. The tour commenced on July 23, 2016, in Las Vegas and ended on October 29, 2016, in Maine. The tour included various covers of songs and several rock and country reworks of her own hit singles. During this time, it was revealed that Kesha had recorded 22 songs on her own and had given them to her label.] It was later announced that Kesha is in the process of recording a third studio album.
On July 5, 2017, Kesha announced via her Instagram account that she was releasing a single, titled “Praying”, the following day. The single charted successfully at number 6 in Australia selling over 140,000 copies being certified 2x Platinum. The single reached number 22 and number 11 in the United States and Canada respectively, and subsequently was certified Platinum in both territories. It was released as the lead single from her third studio album, Rainbow, released on August 11, 2017. Rainbow debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and was the subject of universal acclaim from music critics, with several complimenting the feminist angle and uniqueness of the record as well as Kesha’s vocal performance and ability to interweave different genres of music on the album. Three tracks from Rainbow were released as promotional singles ahead of the album’s release; “Woman”, “Learn to Let Go” and “Hymn”, two of which were released with accompanying music videos. “Learn to Let Go” was later released as the second single from the album in November 2017. The album received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, marking Kesha’s first Grammy nominations along with her Best Pop Solo Performance nod for “Praying”.
Kesha embarked on her fourth headlining tour, The Rainbow Tour. The tour is in support of her third studio album, Rainbow, and is her first solo tour since the Warrior Tour in 2013. The tour has been called Kesha’s liberating tour. The tour started in Birmingham on September 26, 2017, and concludes in Melbourne on April 8, 2018. Tickets for this tour range from $42 to $2,484 on the secondary ticket market.
On December 11, 2017, Kesha announced an upcoming co-headlining tour with American rapper Macklemore titled The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore. This is Kesha’s sixth headlining tour, promoting her album Rainbow, and Macklemore’s fifth headlining tour, promoting his second solo album Gemini (2017). The tour is set to begin in Phoenix on June 6, 2018, and is set the conclude in Tampa on August 5, 2018.
Musical style and image
Kesha wrote or co-wrote every song on her first two albums and considers herself a songwriter primarily, writing for artists including Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. She possesses a “strong, sneering vibrato”, with a distinct yodel-like quality to her voice; she employs actual yodeling on the songs “Tik Tok” and “Cannibal”. Having previously done country, pop rock, and electro, she had a clear idea of the synth-pop sound that she wanted for her debut album. The genre was popular at the time, with many of her peers releasing similar output as well. Both of her albums are of the genre with catchy hooks and synthesized productions often compared to pop singer Dev by music critics, creating misunderstandings among the fans of the two. “Party at a Rich Dude’s House” and “C U Next Tuesday” have 1980s derived backing, while “Stephen” begins with “Kansas-style vocal harmonies”. With the lyrics, “Oh my Nicolas Cage, you’re so old / you’re prehistoric/ you’re like a dinosaur/ D-I-N-O-S-A-you are a dinosaur”, “Dinosaur” follows a verse-chorus formula, and has a “cheerleader-type tune” reminiscent of “Hollaback Girl” (2005) by Gwen Stefani and “Girlfriend” (2007) by Avril Lavigne;[ the song uses the overt symbolism of dinosaurs, carnivory, and other primitive motifs to tell the story of an older man who preys on younger women. According to Kesha, the song is based on true events. While her vocals on Animal were heavily processed with auto-tune, often to produce rapid stuttering or over-pitch corrected vocal effects, leading to questions on vocal talent, she expressed confidence in her abilities, showing some of her vocal talent in the ballads “Animal” and “Hungover” on the album.
Kesha’s second studio album Warrior used considerably less autotune, although it still showed in a number of songs. The album’s piano and guitar-driven ballads such as “Love Into The Light”, “Wonderland” and “Past Lives” display Kesha’s vocal ability. Kesha also uses a trademark talky “white-girl” rapping style with exaggerated discordant phrasing and enunciation. Her vocal technique has led her to be credited as a rapper, a topic she disagreed with until fellow rappers André 3000, Wiz Khalifa, and Snoop Dogg endorsed her. On the subject, she said: “The first time someone called me a rapper, I started laughing. I was shocked, and thought it was hilarious. It’s crazy and funny to me.” The New York Times said Kesha “threatens to become the most influential female rapper of the day, or at least the most popular. Pretending Kesha isn’t a rapper is no longer feasible.” “Crazy Kids” and “C’Mon” took greater shifts into “party rap”. Most of her lyrics chronicle her relationships and partying; the lighthearted subject matter of the latter and her unfiltered language saw many critics criticizing her for releasing frivolous and crass music. Jonah Weiner of Slate, however, stated that her jarring lyrics allowed her songs to become more memorable. In “Blah Blah Blah” and “Boots & Boys”, she objectifies men to poke fun at how male fronted rock bands and rappers can get away with objectifying women and not vice versa. The title track to her debut, “Animal”, is more aspirational and is intended to inspire people to embrace their individuality. Much more experimental than Animal, her second album, Warrior, contains dubstep elements and explores erotic experiences Kesha encountered with ghosts on the song “Supernatural”. Overall, Kesha said the theme of Warrior is magic.
Critics praised Warrior for its rock music influences, despite the album being deeply rooted in technopop. Applauding the album’s rock sound, Rolling Stone called the album Kesha’s rock manifesto. Rock icons The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, and Alice Cooper have collaborated with Kesha, endorsing her as a rock singer. Cooper told Billboard, “I immediately looked at her and went, ‘This girl is not a pop diva. She’s a rock singer.’ She would much rather be the female Robert Plant than the next Britney Spears.” The A.V. Club noted that Warrior proved Kesha a capable vocalist and songwriter. The Washington Post said that the album is “pure fun”, acknowledging her prowess for finding good hooks despite her sometimes vapid lyricism
Kesha has been influenced by various genres and artists; Madonna, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Gwen Stefani, Neutral Milk Hotel, the Black Eyed Peas, the Killers, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Janet Jackson, and Beck have all influenced her music. After experimenting with country, pop rock, and electronic music, Kesha stuck with the latter. Thematically, her music generally revolves around escapism, partying, individuality, supernatural moments, rebellion, and grief. Kesha’s musical influences also consist of hip hop, punk rock, crunkcore, glam rock, pop, dance music and classic country. Her country influences of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash come from her mother’s country songwriting, while her older brother exposed her to hip-hop and punk bands, Fugazi, Dinosaur Jr. and the Beastie Boys. She credits her straightforward story-based lyrics to her love for the honest storytelling style of country music, while the title track from her debut album was created with music of alternative rock bands The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire in mind. She singled out the Beastie Boys as a major influence, telling Newsweek that she had always wanted to be like them and aspired to make “youthful, irreverent anthems” as well. She called her debut album, Animal, an homage to the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill and credited the creation of the rap driven “Tik Tok” to her love for the Beastie Boys’ rap music. For her first headlining tour, Kesha wanted to emulate the stage theatrics of Iggy Pop. She listed Pop’s The Idiot as well as Led Zeppelin and AC/DC as inspirations for her second studio album, Warrior, intended to feature 1970s rock inspired music. Warrior, to this effect, includes a collaboration with Pop himself.
She draws inspiration from classic films as well. Her stage makeup is characterized by dramatic glitter makeup at her right eye, inspired by A Clockwork Orange. The video for “Your Love Is My Drug” features animated sequences inspired by The Beatles’ film, Yellow Submarine, while the Get Sleazy tour was described as having a “post-apocalyptic Mad Max vibe.”
Kesha is a vegetarian and an “ordained minister”. She also has performed legal commitment ceremonies for both same-sex and heterosexual couples. She talked about her sexual orientation with Seventeen magazine in 2013, “I don’t love just men. I love people. It’s not about a gender.” She made a similar statement to Out magazine in 2010, when she confessed to simply “liking people”: “I wouldn’t say I’m gay or straight. I don’t like labeling things anyway.” She has been involved with LGBT activism as well as animal rights.
On January 3, 2014, Kesha checked into Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, a rehab facility in Lemont, Illinois, for eating disorder treatment. Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert confirmed that the eating disorder Kesha was suffering with is bulimia nervosa and that she had been struggling with it since she was signed. She also alleged that Dr. Luke was partly the cause of Kesha’s eating disorder, saying that Luke had allegedly told her to lose weight after he signed her, comparing the shape of her body to a refrigerator. Sebert asserted that this had caused Kesha’s disorder to worsen. Kesha had completed her treatment on March 6, 2014, after spending two months in rehab.
Kesha believes in God, writing for Lenny Letter that she believes that “God is nature and space and energy and the universe. My own interpretation of spirituality isn’t important, because we all have our own. What matters is that I have something greater than me as an individual that helps bring me peace.”
Get Sleazy Tour (2011)
Warrior Tour (2013–2015)
Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour (2016–2017)
Rainbow Tour (2017-2018)
North American Tour 2013 (with Pitbull) (2013)
The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore (with Macklemore) (2018)
Main article: Kesha videography
Bravo Supershow (2007)
Victorious (2011) – Ice Cream for Ke$ha
Walt Disney’s Princess Ke$ha (2011)
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
Jem and the Holograms (2015)
A Ghost Story (2017)
Best Known For
Singing songs like “Tik Tok”, “We R Who We R”, “Right Round”.
She released her first album, Animal in 2010 under the label RCA. The album consisted of singles such as “Tik Tok”, “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is My Drug”, “Take It Off” and many others, giving it a total length of 46:18 minutes.
She debuted with the film Bravo Supershow in 2005 as herself.
She also appeared in the archive footage in Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012 as herself.
First TV Show
Kesha appeared on the American reality television series The Simple Life as herself in 2005 for her role as Wedding Planner in the third season of episode 15.
She does many things like yoga, cycling, swimming, running to keep herself fit. She does not want to bore herself by executing one exercise daily. This helps her to stay motivated, enthusiastic, and energetic and trains different body parts.
She had done rock climbing too. Kesha considers that she trains herself for a concert or a tour, which makes her as if she is training herself for a marathon.
Kesha Favorite Things
TV Shows – Golden Girls (1985-1992)
Movie – Wayne’s World (1992)
Record Store – Grimey’s in Nashville
Album – Nashville Skyline (By Bob Dylan)
Song – Real Wild Child (By Iggy Pop)
Book – Still Life with Woodpecker (By Tom Robbins)
Author – Tom Robbins
Store – Out of the Closet in California and Florida
Pet – Pig
Celebrity – Zach Galifianakis
Gadget – OB tampons
She styles her name as Ke$ha.
Kesha does not know who her father is.
She was raised by a single mother.
Kesha has suffered from financial problems as a child. Her family, which included her mother and older brother relied on welfare payments, and food stamps (or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to make both ends meet.
She has played saxophone, and trumpet while in the school marching band.
Her older brother and Kesha had also been in a band. They have written together a song, titled “Stephen”. At that time, Kesha was 16 years old.
She has a dog named Bakon.
She is allergic to mangoes.
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.
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