Whether you’re a die-hard Arianator or her music is your latest guilty pleasure, we think it’s safe to say that 20-year-old Ariana Grande is pretty freakin’ talented. The actress-turned-songstress released her first chart-topping album Yours Truly in September of last year and has since earned an abundance of accolades, including Favorite Breakout Artist at the People’s Choice Awards and New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards.
If you haven’t gotten your pretty paws on the album just yet, we highly recommend making that happen ASAP. Not only does Yours Truly flawlessly pay homage to 50s doo-wop and 90s R&B, but it also manages to bring something that’s both unique and refreshing to the table. Not yet a believer? Grande has been dubbed the “Mini Mariah Carey” of our generation due to her impressive four-octave soprano vocal range. (Have you heard homegirl’s high-pitched trills?) In other words, Grande has got the pipes to prove that she’s worthy. Whether it’s the debut single The Way featuring Mac Miller, the fan favorite Honeymoon Avenue, or the soulful Tattooed Heart, Grande’s freshman album, which was produced by the legendary Babyface, is pure pop perfection.
As if we weren’t already obsessed, Grande recently confirmed that her sophomore album is scheduled to release later this year. Want a little preview of what’s in store? Check out her latest single, Problem, which features our favorite Aussie rapper, Iggy Azalea. Its got just the right amount of Ari with hints of Christina Aguilera’s 1940s stage (think Candyman and Ain’t No Other Man) and the Ying Yang Twins’ The Whisper Song (yes, really). And if our predictions are correct, the single is set to be one of this summer’s hottest anthems. Are you an Ariana Grande fan? We want to know! Confess your love for the pop princess in the comments section below.
Our favorite Ariana Grande moments in fashion:
Our favorite Ariana Grande videos: