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Ariana Grande Was Never Like Her Nickelodeon Character

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Ariana Grande appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s October issue (on newsstands September 23). Even as a little girl singing in the car, Ariana Grande had a big voice. At 14, ready for the music world that wasn’t quite ready for her, she took a detour with a Nickelodeon show or two. Now 21, with a hit second album, she’s gone from small screen to mega pop star — which, as we discover, was her plan all along.

Check out the highlights from the interview via Marie Claire:

On early ambitions: “I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, ‘Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’ I wrote this song called ‘Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ‘This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’”

On hiding behind her Nickelodeon character: “People liked her and they accepted her and they thought that I was like her. So I used to pretend to be a little more like her than I actually was.”

On her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up,” tanking: “I was like, ‘Guys, there has to be a really distinct difference between me and my character.’ And we did that with ‘The Way.’ I dyed my hair back to brown. I made out with a rapper in the video. I made the point I wanted to make. And I was excited to do so after so many years of pretending to be somebody else in front of a lot of people.”

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Photos via Tesh/Marie Claire

Ariana Grande Talks Insecurities and Relationship with Her Father in Seventeen

Ariana Grande is, no doubt, one of the biggest pop stars out in the industry right now! She’s killing the music scene with her own smash hit, “Problem,” a new amazing track with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj called, “Bang Bang,” and is set to release her album at the end of August! She’s on top of the world, but in a recent interview with Seventeen magazine, the singer was candid about her struggles, including her insecurities and her distant relationship with her father.

Check out some of the highlights below!

On putting herself out there and being totally exposed…
“It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart. Insecurity has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”

On how she gets over her insecurities…
“I focus on what’s important. My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day. I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”

Her grandfather, unfortunately, recently passed away, and Ariana Grande released a statement to the mag, saying,

This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I’m so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.

On the biggest lesson she’s learned in the past few years…
“Being okay with not having the answers to everything. I feel like for the first time in my life, I’m really okay. I used to freak out about everything all the time. I used to be like, ‘Oh my God, somebody said this!’ Everything used to be such a big deal! But now, I feel I can handle everything that comes my way with a calm energy.”

On the toughest thing she has ever had to deal with…
“Falling out of touch with my dad. It’s private, but it happened last year. It took me so long to be okay with it. The thing that got me there was embracing the fact that that I am made up of half my dad, and a lot of my traits come from him. So much of me comes from my father, and for so long, I didn’t like that about myself. I had to accept that it’s okay not to get along with somebody and still love them.”

I absolutely love this girl, and love her even more after reading this interview. She seems so sweet, yet real, and her talent is impeccable (so excited for her new album)! Keeping her and her family in my thoughts and prayers with the passing of her grandfather.

MTV Is Bringing Back TRL for One Night, Featuring Ariana Grande

One night only! In a 30 minute special, MTV is bringing back the now defunct music video countdown show Total Request Live (TRL) only for one day.

The network announced that it will feature the 30-minute special with Ariana Grande, renaming it Total Ariana Live. The special is set to air July 2 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be available on demand after the broadcast.

Total Ariana Live will be seen live from MTV’s Time Square studio, with Sway Calloway serving as host. Ariana, who just turned 21 today (Happy birthday girl!), will perform her hit song, “Problem,” as well as debut her upcoming single, “Break Free.” The singer will also be tested of her hip-hop knowledge in a “Hip Hop Mix Up” game. MTV also promises that there will be a surprise announcement (maybe the actual return of TRL?! Or is that wishful thinking?).

“It’s a huge honor to be able to bring back a show like ‘TRL,’ I used to love watching it growing up. Can’t wait to celebrate with my loves in Times Square. Might have some surprises too,” Ariana said in a statement. “Only one artist has the power to turn the lights back on at 1515 Broadway in the iconic ‘TRL’ studios, and that’s Ariana Grande. The transformation to ‘Total Ariana Live’ represents her one-of-a-kind star power combined with MTV’s immense multimedia platform, setting the stage for the ultimate global partnership,” said Charlie Walk, executive vp Republic Records, to which Ariana is signed.

The original TRL ran from 1998-2008, airing 2,247 episodes during its run. Back when MTV was known more for music than reality TV, the show aired the top 10 most-requested music videos for viewers, and featured awesome interviews with top artists, actors, and more!

I really think that MTV ought to bring this show back! It is, however, great promotion for Ariana, whose sophomore album is in the works. To be featured on something like this with all eyes on you is definitely a good look!

Image via Billboard

Ariana Grande Releases ’60s Mod-Style “Problem” Video

“I got one less problem without you!” Ariana Grande has officially dropped the music video for her hit song, “Problem,” featuring Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea.

Drawing inspiration from the ’60s, the video features Ariana and her go-go dancers rocking out in front spinning backdrops, pulling out dance moves and outfits from the era. Even Iggy sported big, hair-sprayed, bouffant hair, giving ’60s mod-style. Even rapper Big Sean makes a small cameo in the retro visual, singing a part of the hook (maybe subliminally talking about his split from Naya Rivera???).

“Problem,” produced by Max Martin, is the first single from Ariana’s upcoming sophomore album, which is at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. No details yet on what her new album has to offer, but with a hit like this, I’m sure it will be awesome!

Watch the video below!

Ariana Grande Talks Boys, Best Friends And Barbara Streisand Getting Turnt Up

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Vocal powerhouse Ariana Grande is sweet and sexy on the cover of Cosmopolitan’s February issue, on newsstands nationwide January 7th. At only 20 years of age, she shares her amazing success story with the magazine and dishes on best friends, boys, and her unstoppable music career.

Highlights via our friends at Cosmopolitan:

On being a positive role model:

“I think I’m an old soul. What excites younger people doesn’t excite me… I’m kind of a boring, normal girl who likes Harry Potter and to sit in her pajamas and sing. A lot of my friends are partiers, but I’ve never really clicked with that. I like Barbra Streisand, and when was the last time you saw Babs getting, like, turnt up? That’s kind of the road that I, as a lady, would like to go down.”

On her first date with Nathan Sykes, the youngest member of British boy band The Wanted:

“We were going back to his hotel to watch a movie, and he had Ladurée macarons and sunflowers waiting—I love Parisian baked goods, and sunflowers are my favorite flower. He had taken the DVD player out of the bedroom and into the living room, because he said he didn’t want to take me into the bedroom on the first date.”

On making a name for herself in the music industry:

“I never really expected to be taken seriously as an artist, and it’s just been the ultimate, proudest achievement. I’ve dealt with a lot of people not knowing what to expect from me because of my age and my personality. People often mistake my kindness for weakness, and they didn’t expect much from me, because at the end of the day, I’m just a nice Italian girl from Boca.”

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You know, I can really appreciate Ariana but I just hope that she is surrounded by good people because I’d hate for her to go down the wrong road. Stay on the straight and narrow, girl!

Somebody Was Picking On Ariana Grande!

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Ariana Grande, star of the hot new Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat – shines on the August cover of Seventeen magazine. In the interview, hitting newsstands, July 2nd the music superstar opens up to Seventeen about the success of her new single, her upcoming album and a former cast mate who made her question her self-confidence.

ON WHY IT IS TAKING MORE THAN THREE YEARS TO RELEASE HER DEBUT ALBUM:

I’m a big perfectionist! I’m trying to channel super-confident women like Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Beyonce, because I realized that if you want something, you really have to go for it, just like they do.

ON HER CONFIDENCE FALTERING WHEN SHE WAS FILMING VICTORIOUS:

I worked with someone who told me they’d never like me. But for some reason, I just felt like I needed her approval. So I stared changing myself to please her. It made me stop being social and friendly. I was so unhappy.

For more on Ariana, go to www.seventeen.com/Ariana and pick up the August issue of Seventeen, on newsstands July 2nd.

Photos via: Ben Watts for Seventeen