Singer Ariana Grande started her music career at the age of thirteen. After moving to Los Angeles, she focused on theater and played the supporting role of a cheerleader in the musical 13 on Broadway. She won the National Youth Theatre Association Award for her performance in the project at the age of 15. Her breakout role was landing a starring spot in the Nickelodeon show Victorious. The show garnered 5.7 million viewers, which was the second largest audience for a live-action series in Nickelodeon history.
While working on Victorious, Ariana focused on her debut album and also took vocal lessons to improve her range. She started posting videos on YouTube of her singing well-known songs by Whitney Houston, Adele, and Mariah Carey. Ariana eventually left Victorious despite the high ratings due to alleged drama with other cast members, and her rising fame. Yours Truly, Ariana’s first album, was released in 2013 after three years of working on it. It sold 138,000 copies in the first week and debuted number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. She quickly rose to massive fame.
By 2014, she was singing at the White House and also received the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People’s Choice Awards. She released her second album that same year, which sold almost 170,000 copies in its first week. The young superstar has performed on numerous television awards shows and programs, such as Saturday Night Live. She’s also been a part of smash hit songs such as Bang, Bang and Problem. At the age of 21, Ariana is considered by many to be the next Mariah Carey.
Despite her undeniable talent, this young star has a bad reputation due to many public disputes with celebs, revealing a darker side to the former Nickelodeon star. The following is a list of 10 celebs who have thrown shade at Ariana Grande.
10) Victoria Justice
During an interview with Seventeen magazine, Ariana made it clear that she was unhappy while filming Victorious, stating “I worked with someone who told me they’d never like me.” Many people assumed she was talking about co-star Victoria Justice but there was no clarity on the matter until Ariana answered a question about why Victorious ended. She wrote back to the fan stating “Sweetheart the only reason Victorious ended is because 1 girl didn’t want to do it. She chose to do a solo tour instead of a cast tour. If we had done a cast tour Nickelodeon would have ordered another season of Victorious while Sam and Cat filmed simultaneously but she chose otherwise. I’m sick of this bs.” Victoria then responded by saying: “Some people would throw some1 that they consider a friend under the bus just 2 make themselves look good. #StopBeingAPhony #IfTheyOnlyKnew.” Most would assume there was some animosity between the two.
9) Bette Midler
Singer Bette Midler told The Telegraph: “It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous.” Bette then gave advice to other women trying to break into the music industry, saying, “Trust your talent. You don’t have to make a wh*re out of yourself to get ahead.” Ariana not pleased with the comments fired back, posting on Twitter: “Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! not sure where that Bette went but I want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love.” The 69-year-old singer eventually apologized to Ariana in late 2014, and also asked to direct her next music video.
8) Alexander DeLeon
In 2011, The Cab’s lead singer said the following about Ariana Grande: “Hope none of my fans ever have the displeasure of meeting @ArianaGrande. most stuck up, disrespectful person I’ve ever met in this industry.” Alexander also tweeted: “She’s talented and I’m sure great to her fans but the way she treated people last night was really disappointing, Especially with how sweet and humble Victoria is.” When Ariana learned about his comments, she said: “I heard about this and was quite shocked and saddened considering I’ve never met him nor have I ever interacted with him (I was only there a short time) but I wish him all the best.” Alexander claims they are both on good terms now.
7) Giuliana Rancic
E! News host Giuliana Rancic said during an interview: “I think Ariana does have a little bit of a diva thing going on.” She then went on to tell a story about Ariana sticking her elbow against her ribs so the camera would face Ariana’s good side: “So I had to be on my ugly side. But I felt like a little bit of a, you know it was like ‘you either get on the other side or we don’t do an interview’ and I just kind of felt like it’s one thing if it’s Mariah, you know, I’ll get on any side, I’ll bend down, I’ll climb a ladder, whatever it takes to get Mariah to do an interview.” Although Ariana didn’t respond to Giuliana’s comments, she did brush it off as nonsense and claimed Rancic’s words to be untrue.
6) Miley Cyrus
Actress and singer Miley Cyrus told the NY Times: “She’s trying. I see her wearing the shorter things. She comes in, and she goes, This made me feel like you. And I’m like, That was like my sixth grade prom dress. She’s, I think, still on Nickelodeon. She has people that she has to kind of respect.” Ariana didn’t respond to Miley, but she did say: “I’m a lot more shy than people think. I don’t go online when I’m dealing with sh**. This is a very amazing time in my life, but also the most stressful. I’m adjusting and I’m learning. For a very long time, it affected me.” She also told the Daily Star that being compared to other female singers like Miley Cyrus is annoying. The two singers are over the small spat, and Ariana now supports Miley’s foundation.
5) Perez Hilton
In 2014, famous blogger Perez Hilton tweeted Ariana about how he heard she was using cocaine. He also reached out to Nickelodeon and her family. Here’s one of the tweets by Perez: “@ArianaGrande Are you okay? I heard someone saw you doing cocaine at a party this weekend. Stay away from drugs, Ariana!!!” Perez also sent out the following post: “@NickelodeonTV If it’s true that @ArianaGrande has a drug problem, hopefully you guys can help her before it’s too severe!” Ariana’s reps told Radar Online that she may sue him if his comments hurt her career in any way.
4) Chrissy Teigen
After Ariana Grande performed on SNL and wore her signature black cat-eared headband, model Chrissy Teigen said: “I love your cat ear headband it alerts me to immediately hate you.” Chrissy immediately received angry messages from Ariana’s fans, but she didn’t back down. The model tweeted: “Only a few years of my life have been f—– up by social media I cannot IMAGINE those younger than me.” Apparently, Ariana never responded to Chrissy’s words.
3) Jennette McCurdy
Actress Jennette McCurdy met Ariana while working on Victorious in 2009. A couple of years later, Jennette accidentally gave out Ariana’s number to fans during her first UStream. Ariana laughed it off and the two continued to be friends. In 2012, the two starred in a television show together called Sam & Cat. There were soon rumors that Ariana was making more money than Jennette, which many believe ended their friendship. Jennette even unfriended the singer on Instagram and Twitter. Jennette also sent out the tweet: “We aren’t better friends because being friends with you takes the ‘better’ out of me. In fact, I might possibly be the worst version of myself when I’m around you.” It was never confirmed to be about Ariana, but many believe it was. When Sam & Cat was canceled, Ariana thanked everyone from the cast and crew except Jennette.
2) Drake Bell
Actor and singer-songwriter Drake Bell told Buzzfeed last year: “I don’t think a lot of these young people have to work very hard. They’re found on YouTube and, boom, thrown into the studio so they think they can get anything they want. Ariana Grande is a billionaire before she’s been an artist. You have to work to be able to appreciate what you have, and what work did she ever have to do in her life?” Drake’s rant quickly went viral, and he faced major criticism from Ariana’s fans. He tried to clean up his words by tweeting: “Didn’t say that about @ArianaGrande I lover her and think she is incredibly talented!! Just for the record :).”
1) Mayim Bialik
Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik took issue with Ariana’s fashion choices in 2014. Ariana is seen in black lingerie and stilettos on the cover of her album, My Everything. Mayim made the following comments about seeing Ariana in a revealing outfit on a billboard, which is assumed to be the one from her album cover: “A few billboards I have seen lately really bug me. There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I’m sure. Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though?” The 39-year-old actress explained in other comments that she wouldn’t want her children exposed to Ariana’s ad because of what she’s wearing. Mayim received attacks on social media networks like Twitter for her opinions about the singer, but she stood by her statements.