Sitcom star turned pop sensation Ariana Grande is 28 today.

Born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida her big break was playing Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon series VICTORIOUS. Her role in that show as a goofy aspiring singer led to her becoming a far from goofy music star selling millions worldwide and winning a host of awards.

Since her first hit in 2011 highs have included five MTV Video Music Awards and three American Music Awards. She has also earned 12 Grammy nominations and one win.

The lowest point in her career and personal life came on May 22, 2017 when tragedy struck after Grande finished a concert in Manchester, England and a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the exit of the concert hall, killing 22 people and wounding 116, including many young adults and children.

“All acts of terrorism are cowardly… but this attack stands out for its appalling sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said after the attack.

The following year, the singer revealed that she was still feeling the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder from the event. “It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss,” she told British Vogue. “I don’t think I’ll ever know how to talk about it and not cry.”

She says the support of her fans has been instrumental in beginning to come to terms with the tragedy and enabling her to continue making music.

Her most recent album POSITIONS came out in late 2020 and featured collaborations with artists such as Doja Cat and Ty Dolla $ign . A deluxe version of the album came out in early 2021 featuring six extra songs and of course you can hear that and a Birthday Bonanza of everything Ariana on

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