Pop singer/actress Ariana Grande recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Grande discussed working on Broadway, being compared to GRAMMY winner Mariah Carey and her upcoming debut album, Yours Truly, among other topics.
"As a female artist in this industry … the natural thing for everybody to do is to compare [you] to what's already out there," said Grande. "I take it as a huge compliment because Mariah is the queen vocalist … but I really just can't wait for people to hear the rest of the music and the rest of the album so they can know what Ariana is about."
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."
In 2011 Grande signed with Republic Records. In March she released the single "The Way" featuring rapper Mac Miller. The song peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Grande's vocals drew comparisons to Carey. Set for release on Sept. 3, Yours Truly features 13 tracks, including "The Way," the Top 40 hit "Baby I" and a collaboration with GRAMMY-nominated rapper Big Sean on "Right There." Grande is currently scheduled to perform select dates in the United States through September, including a stop in Los Angeles on Sept. 9.