From Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon to a self-declared dangerous woman, Ariana Grande has been singing and dancing her way into hearts around the world since she was just a kid. Scroll through for her evolution over the years.
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Grande began her career on broadway in 2008 in the musical "13." The musical is about a boy who moves from New York to a small town in Indiana. Grande played the role of Charlotte. In this photo, she's on the far right.
Grande starred alongside Victoria Justice as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon series "Victorious," which ran from 2010 to 2013.
Grande had been singing and dancing for years, but in 2013 she released her first studio album, "Yours Truly." The album included hit singles like "The Way" and "Baby I," and was Grande's first No. 1 album as a solo artist. A year later, she released "My Everything," which included singles like "Problem" and "One Last Time." "My Everything" sold more than 400,000 copies in its first week.
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In 2015, Grande was caught on camera licking -- but not eating -- donuts that were on display with her then-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez. She later apologized for the incident, saying on Good Morning America "There’s no excuse, or there’s nothing to justify it, but I think that as human beings we all say and do things that we don’t mean at all sometimes, and we have to learn from it."
In 2016, Grande starred in NBC's live-TV production of "Hairspray." She played the role of Penny alongside Maddie Baillio, Dove Cameron and several other young stars.
Grande's third studio album, "Dangerous Woman," was released in 2016 and nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards. It also launched the Dangerous Woman Tour, which began in February of this year.