When it comes to pop music superstardom, no other artist is riding a bigger wave right now than Ariana Grande, whose sophomore album, My Everything, gave her two second consecutive number one albums in the U.S. featuring five Billboard Top 20 singles.
The Honeymoon Tour will make a stop in New York City on Sunday, June 28. Following in the stilettos of Cher, Janet Jackson and the late Whitney Houston, Grande is the headline entertainer at NYC Pride’s Dance on the Pier, which closes out Pride week.
Before you head out to celebrate pride with Miss Grande, here are five fun facts you should know about her.
1. Broadway Baby
She might be a pop music diva, but Ariana’s career began in 2008 on Broadway in the musical 13. Even as a young teen, she showed an impressive vocal range as evidenced by this clip of her recording the show’s cast album.
2. Fierce LGBT Ally
Ariana is not afraid to clap back at the haters when they use homophobic slurs. As we reported last summer, Ariana did not hold back on an Instagram commenter who referred to her brother Frankie as “that homo.” Her response to the anonymous user was well-worded, clever and punctuated with some gay sass.
3. Happy Hippie Chicks
When Miley Cyrus launched her charity for homeless and LGBT youth called the Happy Hippie Foundation, she filmed a series of duets to bring awareness. Ariana joined her for one of those Backyard Sessions and together they delivered a rendition of the 1986 song “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” Singing and flirting while wearing onesies never looked so adorable.
4. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves
Ariana believes in empowerment, and that “being ‘empowered’” is not the same as being a “bitch.’” An essay that recently appeared on all of her social media accounts addressed the double standard between men and women, and emphasized the importance of being looked at as an individual and not property. She even worked in a Gloria Steinem quote. You go, girl.
A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jun 7, 2015 at 9:11am PDT
5. Drama Queen
Ariana’s first television gig was on the Nickelodeon series Victorious. She is set to return to TV screens later this year in a recurring role in Scream Queens. The show comes from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, who are the creators of queer programming faves Glee and American Horror Story. Scream Queens will premiere this fall on FOX and also stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michelle, Niecy Nash, and some guy named Nick Jonas.
Tickets for Dance on the Pier: Dance 29 can be ordered here.