Ahead of the release of her sophomore album, My Everything, on Aug. 25, pop singer/songwriter Ariana Grande recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Grande discussed the first time she heard the Top 10 single "Bang Bang," on which she collaborates with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, and admits she was initially nervous to release her No. 2 hit "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea.
"What I learned with 'Problem' is that you have to break those walls and try new things," said Grande. "But when the release came closer and closer, I got scared and I got nervous because it was so different. When you do things and you try things that you are normally afraid of sometimes the outcome can be incredible."
A Florida native, Grande made her stage debut in 2008 playing the role of Charlotte in the Broadway musical "13." The role earned her a National Youth Theatre Association Award, but she rose to greater fame in 2010 as the bubbly Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom "Victorious" and the show's spin-off "Sam & Cat."
After signing with Republic Records in 2011, Grande released her debut album, 2013's Yours Truly, which was co-produced by GRAMMY winner Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The 12-track album topped the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 10 hit "The Way" featuring rapper Mac Miller.
My Everything features 12 tracks, including "Problem," and collaborations with artists such as GRAMMY winner Zedd ("Break Free"), and GRAMMY nominees Big Sean ("Best Mistake") and the Weeknd ("Love Me Harder"), among others.
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