5 Reasons We Love Ariana Grande, America’s Newest Breakout Star

Ariana Grande, singer, actress and philanthropist, has achieved so much in her entertainment career, and she is easily going to be one of the summer’s hottest stars with her new hit single, “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, which became an instant sensation after its release in March.

The soon-to-be 20-year-old is admired both for her willingness to keep pushing to better herself and make all of her dreams a reality, as well as for remaining level-headed and down to earth while working on several projects in the music and TV industries.

Read on for five reasons why College Gloss loves Ariana Grande.

1. She’s a class act
Ariana Grande is a natural-born entertainer who has been performing onstage since she was a kid. Grande is also a multi-dimensional performer, making appearances on TV and Broadway. In 2008, she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award for her role as Charlotte in the Broadway production of "13." Also, she played the clever and funny Cat Valentine on "Victorious," a popular tween show on Nickelodeon. Along with these roles, Grande has voiced an animated character for another Nickelodeon series, "Winx Club." Grande has gained popularity among tween girls, and she is an honest, positive role model for young women, often pushing her fans to believe in themselves and their dreams. She has said, “Never give up on something you love.”

2. Her singing career is strong
Grande’s singing career is strong in two respects, both in where it is headed (success!) and the fact that she is honest with her words. When she sings, it is almost as if she reading excerpts from a diary. She has said that her new album, Daydreamin’, is like sharing her thoughts and feelings with her fans: “They can expect a lot of honesty. It’s like it used to be pages from my diary, instead of keeping diary, I would write songs about what was happening in my life. So it’s really personal. It’s a Motown throwback and pop at the same time, so it’s ’50s and ’60s inspiration mixed with today.”

3. She’s an anti-bullying advocate
Grande has a positive, glass half-full personality, and it is almost hard to think that she has been a victim of bullying herself. She has spoken out against bullying, stating in a blog post for the Huffington Post that “people tend to think that because I’m a performer and I don’t go to a regular high school, that I haven’t personally been affected by bullies. But it’s actually quite the contrary... One of the most terrible feelings in the world is knowing that someone else doesn’t like you. Especially when you don’t know what you’ve done to deserve it. You start to believe that you are the problem and that you need to change something about yourself to be liked, but I’ve come to learn that it’s really not our problem, it’s theirs.” Recently, Grande teamed up with pop singer Mika to sing out against bullying and the so-called “popular crowd” with the new single, “Popular Song.” Ariana Grande is an amazing role model for not only her fans but also for young women because she is an example of someone who has taken a stand against bullying and champions the idea that we need to value who we are: “Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.”

4. She’s extremely personable
Along with the lyrics to her songs, Grande relates to her audience because she is genuine, especially when it comes to her appreciation of her fans. Besides her song lyrics and acting skills, Grande is so personable because she shares her life with her fans -- but with a taste of professionalism. With her social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram, her fans can get a glimpse into her hard work and daily life, and fans can also see that she can be goofy and quirky.

5. Grande gives back
Though her schedule can be hectic and busy, it is admirable to know that Grande still finds time to be philanthropic. Some of her past charity work includes co-founding Kids Who Care, a youth choir that performs at fundraisers. Also, she was a member of Broadway in South Africa, where she had the opportunity to give singing lessons and dance tutorials.

With the release of her new album, Daydreamin’, which was inspired by artists like Mariah Carey and Katy Perry, as well as her upcoming spinoff from "Victorious" called "Sam & Kat" (co-starring with Jennette McCurdy), Grande has so much opportunity and success awaiting her. Grande has expressed that, “I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made, because of every choice I’ve made I’ve learned something new.” College Gloss is excited for what’s to come next from this heartwarming teen sensation, whether it be her acting career, singing career or hearing about all of the positivity she radiates in the media.

By: Mallory Feeney | Images: 1, 2

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