Ariana Grande Then & Now: See Pics Of Her Transformation From Nickelodeon Star To Global Icon

Ariana Grande has grown into one of the biggest pop divas on the planet right before fans’ eyes! Before her sixth studio album drops in late October 2020, we’re taking a look back at her rise from Nickelodeon star to global music icon!

Ariana Grande is ready for the next chapter of her musical journey. The pop superstar revealed in a surprise Oct. 14, 2020 tweet that “i can’t wait to give u my album this month.” It came as out of the blue news to Arianators, as the 27-year-old hadn’t really been teasing any upcoming new music until the big LP announcement. Her soon to drop sixth studio album comes as the follow-up to her enormously successful 2019 LP Thank U, Next, which was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. This will be Ari’s third new album in under three years, as she released her fourth studio LP Sweetener in 2018.

Before her global pop domination, many fans first met Ariana when she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series Victorious opposite Victoria Justice. After starring in the series from 2010-2013, Ariana went on to reprise the role in the spin-off series Sam & Cat alongside Jenette McCurdy. Once the series wrapped, Ariana’s focus turned strictly to music. The young star had a talent for performing for a number of years, and already had experience on the stage. Ariana starred as Charlotte in the original Broadway cast of 13, a musical about a young boy who moves from New York City to a small town and navigates a completely new school amid his parents’ divorce. The show debuted on Broadway in 2008, and from there, it was only a matter of time before Ariana skyrocketed to fame!

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Ariana Grande at ‘The Lovely Bones’ film premiere in December 2009 [REX/Shutterstock].

So many stars saw the potential Ariana had, including Tony-winning actress Kristen Chenoweth. After she met Ariana backstage following a performance of Wicked, Kristen “gave her [Ariana] a wand and I said, ‘Just remember to follow your passion. Do what you love.’ And we stayed close and skip to: she’s the biggest star on the planet,” she shared with Seth Meyers during her November 2019 appearance on his late night talk show. And it seems Ariana completely took Kristen’s advice to heart!

In 2014, at the age of 21, Ariana released her album My Everything, following the success of 2013’s Yours Truly. My Everything included hit tracks like “Break Free,” “Problem,” and “Love Me Harder.” The album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammy awards and received positive reviews. Ariana went on to earn two Grammy nominations for her 2016 album Dangerous Woman. In 2018, Ariana’s Sweetener was released followed quickly by her album Thank U, Next which earned five Grammy nominations! To date, Ariana’s only Grammy award win has been for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener.

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Ariana Grande at the Grammy Awards in January 2020 [REX/Shutterstock].

But Ariana has so much more in store for her dedicated fans. At just 27, the singer has accomplished so much and built a fan base that continues to love and support her through career triumphs and personal pitfalls. To see how Ariana has transformed over the years, click through the gallery above and checkout Ariana’s grown from Nickelodeon star to pop music goddess.