Ariana’s birthday is here!
This year, the singer is celebrating her champagne birthday in Toronto, Canada for her sold out show at Scotiabank Arena on June 26, 2019.
The singer turns 26 this year, and what a better way to celebrate the birthday of the biggest pop star than counting the reasons why we love her! Here is a list of 26 reasons we love Ariana Grande!
1. Her Strength
Ariana has been through a lot in these past few years.
When accepting the Women of the Year Award at the Billboard’s Women in Music 2018, she infamously said that 2018 “was one of the best years of [her] career and the worst of [her] life.”
Ariana has continued to persevere through all the hardships she has experienced in these last few years and we can’t respect her enough for it.
2. Her LGBTQ+ Support
Ariana has always been a big, vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. In an interview with V magazine in 2015, she said:
“It’s outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment. I hate it so much. Most of my favorite people in my life are gay. It’s something I’m super passionate about, because whenever I would see my friends get bullied, or my brother get hurt for his sexuality, I would become a raging lunatic. I would literally become a raging lunatic because I just can’t take it.”
Ariana’s big brother, Frankie, is an openly gay man which allows her to have a deeper emotional investment in the community. Regardless of her brother being a factor, Ariana has proven to be a great ally for the community through calling out harmful laws (and the Supreme Court), leaving the Church due to their stance, and writing a love letter for the community
3. Her Aesthetic
One glance at Ariana’s Instagram feed, and you’ll fall in love with the aesthetic that she follows. The soft, sparkly, dream-like edit of her pictures make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud or in a haze.
Most of her photos appear to be captured on film or polaroid before scanned and posted on her IG. There are various pops of pink, purple, and black & white edits which give the star a cohesive theme.
4. Her Tomato Allergy
Ariana had to cancel two shows in Florida on May 28th and May 29th due to health issues. The singer later revealed through an Instagram post that her health concern was from discovering an allergy to tomatoes!
As Ariana is of Italian descent, she concluded her message with: “NOTHING MORE UNFAIR THAN AN ITALIAN WOMAN DEVELOPING AN ALLERGY TO TOMATOES IN HER MID TWENTIES…….”
5. Her Impersonations
Ariana’s vocal impressions are spot on! First debuting her talent of doing impressions on Jimmy Fallon, she’s wow-ed the internet with them ever since.
6. Her Dangerous Woman A cappella
Ariana is an undeniably a powerhouse singer. Everyone has always been aware of the amazing voice that is harbored inside of Ariana’s petite body.
However, when the singer released the a cappella version of ‘Dangerous Woman‘ on her YouTube channel frankly, we were blown away. You’re really able to see the range and control that Ariana possess over her voice!
7. Her Collabs
Ariana has collaborated with a lot of people over the years. She’s collaborated with people from Nicki Minaj to Zedd to Big Sean to Troye Sivan to the Weeknd.
Each track that Ariana lends her voice to is amazing, and becomes an instant hit.
8. Her Whistle Register
As Ariana is famous for her amazing vocal range, it is no surprise that she is able to use her whistle register.
The whistle register is the highest register that a singer can use and typically between the notes of high C or C6 and F6 but can extend above. Ariana showcased her whistle register on the track ‘Imagine‘.
9. Her Pet, Piggy Smalls
Ariana’s pet, Piggy Smallz, made his music video debut as he appeared in a video montage for her track ‘breathin‘.
Piggy Smallz is appropriately named after the iconic rapper NOTORIOUS B.I.G (aka Biggie Smalls).
10. Her Ponytail
Ariana Grande is probably most recognizable for her high ponytail. Her iconic up-do has become a part of her, as she’s rarely seen without it. If her hair isn’t in a complete ponytail, you can be sure it’s tied up somehow.
The iconic Ariana Grande ponytail is not for everyone though. Singer Camila Cabello tried it and was met with extreme pain to which Ariana responded that she’s “in constant pain always”. Ariana might just have roots of steel.
11. Her Groundbreaking Track: thank u, next
While Ariana was a well-known singer, the release of her track ‘thank u, next‘ on November 3, 2018 skyrocketed her to new heights. The song debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s HOT 100 making it the singer’s first #1 single.
The song was praised commercially and critically with Markos Papadatos from Digital Journal writing:
“The soulful song is an anthem to a fresh start and new beginnings. She is not afraid to be raw and vulnerable, and with “thank u, next,” Grande’s vulnerability is the listener’s reward.”
At the time, the music video which paid homage to films such as Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going On 30 broke the record for the most viewed video within 24 hours. It achieved 55.4 MILLION views!
12. Her Benefit Concert
On May 22, 2017 Ariana was performing her Dangerous Woman Tour in Manchester, UK. Tragically as the concert ended, a bomb was detonated which ended up killing 23 people (including the attacker), injuring hundreds with many of them being children and fans of Ariana.
On June 4, 2017 Ariana returned to Manchester despite the trauma that she experienced (and would continue to speak on later) to host a charity benefit concert entitled One Love Manchester. The concert included many high profile artists, over 55,000 attendees, and raised £10 million in donations in the 12 hours following the concert.
The tragedy has obviously stuck with Ariana. The singer included a tribute to the Manchester victims on her follow-up album Sweetener. The final track, ‘Get Well Soon‘, ends with 40 seconds of silence bringing the end time to 5:22 – symbolizing the date of the bombing.
13. Her LOVE for Cozy Sweaters
Besides her iconic ponytail, Ariana is known for her oversized sweaters. She wears them on and off stage whenever she gets the chance allowing her to be in an (almost) eternal state of comfort.
14. Her Iconic Yellow Sweater + Red Lollipop Look
During her romance with Pete Davidson, paparazzi caught photos of the two together. Ariana was wearing an oversized sweater as a dress, her high ponytail, and eating a red lollipop.
The look instantly became a hit, and an easy, affordable way to dress up as the pop singer for Halloween.
15. Her Support of Other Artists
As one of the top singers in the world, it’s natural that Ariana has close friends within the industry. Some of her high profile friends include Troye Sivan, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and the cast of her old Nickelodeon show Victorious!
Ariana has nothing but love and support for her famous friends, as she’s frequently wishing them the best, supporting them their projects, and even including them in her own!
Recently, Taylor Swift’s new music video ‘You Need To Calm Down‘ featured an Ariana Grande impersonator and the singer was more than happy for the indirect cameo!
16. Her Adorably Stylized Tweets
Grammar? Proper punctuation and spelling? We don’t know HER!
Ariana is known for her stylized tweets which involved lower case letters, abbreviated words, and lots of emojis! It matches her style and personality perfectly. We wouldn’t know what to do if she suddenly started using ‘you’ instead of ‘u’.
17. She’s Constantly Working On New Music
Music is Ariana’s outlet. Despite the highs and lows she’s faced recently, she’s able to find solace in her music as a creative outlet.
The singer constantly keeps fans updated on her work as she’s teased photos of her in the studio, working on new tracks.
18. Her Fragrances
Ariana is no stranger to creating her own scents. She’s previously released the scents – ARI, Frankie, Moonlight, and Sweet Like Candy. However, her newest fragrance, Cloud Eau De Parfum is building a lot of buzz.
Described on Ulta Beauty’s website as “an uplifting scent that imbues a thoughtful, artistic expression of positivity and happiness from Ariana to her fans.” The perfume won Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Popular Award at the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards.
19. Her Bond with Longterm Friends
Ariana is supported by her group of close knit friends that were the inspiration behind her hit song ‘7 Rings‘. The song is infamously known to be about Ariana going to get 7 matching diamond engagement rings with her closest friends.
Her group of friends which consists of Victoria Monét, Courtney Chipolone, Tayla Parx, Njomza, Alexa Luria, and Kaydence are some of Ariana’s biggest fans.
20. Her Love for Her Mom + Nonna
Ariana is a strong woman who was raised by strong women. She’s been very outspoken about her love for both her mom and grandmother. The two women are constantly featured all over the singer’s social media pages.
21. Her Coachella Performance
Needless to say, Ariana brought the house down with her Coachella headlining performance this year! Appropriately, the performance (and the festival) were nicknamed Arichella.
Performing some of her biggest hits, Ariana surprised attendees by bringing out ’90s boy band *NSYNC and Justin Bieber.
22. Her Partnership with @headcountorg
As Ariana is very outspoken about issues that are close to her, she joined with HeadCount for her Sweetener World Tour. She wrote about the venture on her Instagram saying:
so excited to partner w @headcountorg to bring voter registration & participation to all of the US stops on the @sweetener tour. visit the headcount booth at the show to use your voice and get your ‘thank u, next gen’ sticker 🖤🌫 If you can’t be there to register on-site, text ‘Ariana’ to 40649 🌫 each and every one of you makes a difference. #thankunextgen 🌒
HeadCount would be set up at all Ariana’s US tour dates where attendees would be able to register to vote.
23. Her GRAMMY Dress
Despite not attending the GRAMMY awards this year, Ariana still impressed us with her dress. Following the awards, Ariana posted pictures of her in her custom made blue gown which was intended for the award show.
Ariana captioned the photos saying: “when @zacposenmakes u a custom gown it doesn’t matter if you’re singing or not 🌫 …. thank u 🖤”
The singer also won the GRAMMY award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener.
24. Her LOVE for her fans
Ariana’s gratitude towards her fans is never ending. The singer is constantly tweeting or posting about the love that she harbors for her fans that have stuck with her on her journey.
She has become very close to many of her fans, trying to reply to as many of them as possible on Twitter. Ariana is also not afraid to be as open as possible with them, sparking discussions about mental health, being kind to each other, and just updating them on her overall well being.
25. Her Dogs!
Ariana loves her dogs. The two can be seen littered throughout her social media pages, and she loves to post just the little moments with them.
She has multiple dogs, nine to be exact. She’s adopted each of her dogs allowing her to give them happy, loving homes! Her dog squad includes Toulouse (Beagle-Cihuahua), Ophelia (Chocolate Labradoodle), Fawkes (Shiba Inu), Cinnamon (Brindle American Pitbull Terrior), Coco (Dachschund-German Shepherd), Lafayette (Bloodhound), Sirius (Chocolate Labradoodle), Strauss (Yorkshire Terrier), Pignoli (Cihuahua).
26. She is the BIGGEST Pop Star on the Planet!
Ariana has solidified her place in the music industry as the biggest pop star in the world. Billboard, whose journalists are careful with their wording, called her “the planet’s biggest pop star”. Ariana has broken numerous records, sold out show after show, been a vocal activist for causes, and seen her records earn certification after certification.
To put it simply, the Rolling Stone says it best:
“Grande has dedicated years to perfecting how she has presented herself. In 2019, it seems that world has finally caught up to her. Or, as her collaborator and friend Nicki Minaj predicted on “Side to Side” three ago: “Ariana run pop.”
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