#WCW Ariana Grande talks backstage at #GRAMMYs Rehersals

By January 2014, Grande had begun recording her second studio album, with singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder and record producers Benny Blanco and Max Martin.[68][69] The same month, she earned the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People’s Choice Awards 2014.[70] In March 2014, Grande sang at the White House concert, “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House”.[71][72] The following month, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama invited Grande again to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll event along with collaborator Big Sean.[73] A duet with R&B singer Chris Brown, “Don’t Be Gone Too Long”, was scheduled for a March 24 release date but was delayed due to Brown’s legal problems.[74] In addition, she received the “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” award from the Music Business Association.[70] The award recognizes Grande’s achievements throughout 2013, including her No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her first album and her top ten single on the Hot 100.[70]
Grande released her second studio album My Everything on August 25, 2014, with Rolling Stone magazine writing that “My Everything is where the 21-year-old Nickelodeon starlet grows up. It’s a confident, intelligent, brazen pop statement, mixing bubblegum diva vocals with EDM break beats”.[75] It sold 169,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming her second consecutive No. 1 album in the US.[76] Its lead single, “Problem”, features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and premiered at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27.[77][78] The song debuted at No. 3 (eventually climbing to No. 2) on the Billboard Hot 100, and debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Grande’s first No. 1 single in the United Kingdom.[79] It made British chart history as the first song to land at No. 1 based on sales and streams.[79] The song was noted for being the highest debut ever for a collaboration of female soloists.[80] The second single, “Break Free”, featuring German musician and producer Zedd,[81] peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.[82] She performed the song at the opening of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, while winning Best Pop Video for her single “Problem.”[83] She also provided guest vocals on “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, the lead single from Jessie J’s upcoming third studio album Sweet Talker (2014).[84] The song reached No. 3 in the US, Grande’s third song in the Hot 100’s top ten the same week (“Problem”, “Break Free”, and “Bang Bang”).[82] It also went to No.1 in the UK. She joined Adele as the only female artist with three top ten hits simultaneously as a lead artist.[82]
On September 27, 2014, Grande was the musical performer on the season 40 premiere of Saturday Night Live—with Chris Pratt hosting.[85] Three days later, the third single from My Everything, “Love Me Harder”, featuring Canadian recording artist The Weeknd, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seven.[86] On November 17, 2014, Grande was featured in Major Lazer’s song “All My Love” which was released as the fourth single from the soundtrack album for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.[87] On November 24, 2014, Grande released a Christmas song titled “Santa Tell Me.”[88] Ariana Grande will guest-star as a recurring role on the upcoming Fox new comedy-horror TV series Scream Queens, created by Ryan Murphy and starring Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Lea Michele.[89][90][91]
Philanthropy
At the age of ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events, raising over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone.[15] In the summer of 2009, as a member of the charitable organization Broadway in South Africa, Grande performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa along with her brother Frankie.[92][93] Grande also partnered with Kleenex on its “Shield Sneeze Swish” campaign.[94] After watching Blackfish, she urged fans to stop supporting SeaWorld and has become a vegan.[2][95]
She was featured on Seventeen magazine in a March 2013 public campaign “Delete Digital Drama” to end online bullying along with Bridgit Mendler and Kat Graham.[96] In September 2014, Grande participated at the charitable Stand Up to Cancer television program, performing the title track “My Everything” in dedication to her grandfather, who had died from cancer in July.[97]

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