The latest career evolution of Ariana Grande

The girl with the world's most recognizable ponytail is making headlines again! Ariana Grande announced that she'll be joining The Voice as a coach and we could not be more excited for her. At just 27 years old she's won 156 awards, released six studio albums and continues to redefine boundaries for women in music. The pint sized pop icon has had her fair share of highs and lows—and we're here to break it all down as she prepares to take a seat in that big red rotating chair.


Ari's first role was in the Broadway musical 13. She played a cheerleader named Charlotte.


In 2010, she took on the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon show Victorious. Ariana held this role until 2013, even landing a Victorious spinoff called Sam & Cat.


Started uploading covers of songs on YouTube where she was soon noticed and signed by Republic Records on Aug. 11.


She released her debut studio album Yours Truly in September and an EP in December called Christmas Kisses. Two releases within a few months? Not a problem for Ariana Grande.


Less than a year later, Ari released her second studio album. My Everything dropped Aug. 25 and featured some fan favorites like Problem featuring Iggy Azalea. 



Feb. 25: Start of her first ever arena world tour. The Honeymoon Tour would last six months, have its own YouTube channel and lead to romance rumors with backup dancer Ricky Alvarez.


July 7: Their relationship was confirmed following an incident at a donut shop—creating the first Ari-related scandal and low point in her career.

Dec. 18: Despite the scandal, she redeemed herself and released another holiday EP titled Christmas & Chill


March 12: She hosted and starred as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live

May 20: Released third studio album Dangerous Woman

August: Started a relationship with rapper Mac Miller after years of rumors

Dec. 7: Played Penny Pingleton in TV broadcast of 'Hairspray Live!' Overall, 2016 was a pretty good year for the star.


On Feb. 3, the 6 month long Dangerous Woman Tour began. It was brought to a sudden pause on May 22 after a terrorist attack took place at her concert in Manchester. She returned to Manchester for the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert on June 4. Despite suffering from PTSD, depression and anxiety, Ariana decided the show must go on and continued to complete her world tour three days later.


Early in the year, Ariana's relationship with Mac Miller ended after two years together. On May 13, Ari and Pete Davidson made their budding romance Insta official and the couple was engaged soon after on June 2

Aug. 17 meant the release of her fourth album Sweetner—which is reportedly about heartbreak and finding new love (AKA Mac Miller and Pete Davidson). Ariana and Pete's engagement was called off in October following the sudden death of ex-boyfriend Mac.


Released Thank U, Next—Ariana's fifth studio album—on Feb. 8. She calls out ex-boyfriends and speaks often about how this album helped heal her after the struggles she faced the two years prior.


The Sweetner World Tour began on March 18 and even made a stop in Palm Springs, California for Ari to headline Coachella in April.


October 30: Released sixth studio album Positions. She used her extra time at home to continue healing and creating music.

December 20: Shared engagement to real estate agent Dalton Gomez


March 30: Announced she will be joining The Voice as a coach for season 21

Through all the ups and the downs—with each breakup and life event—a new album is born. She writes from the heart and continues to make her fans happy by releasing new music all the time. She's accomplished so much at such a young age and we can't wait to see what's in store.

Will Ari's team win on The Voice? Let us know what you think by tagging @girlslifemag on social media!

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by Jaclyn Kaufman | 5/1/2021