Ariana Grande’s 9 Most Unforgettable Moments of 2013
These past 12 months have been a whirlwind of success for Ariana Grande.
The 20-year-old starlet, who was previously known for her role in Victorious and Sam & Cat, has grown into a worldwide phenomenon by showing off her powerful, sultry vocals. Whether it was her debut album, Yours Truly, or her moving AMAs performance, Ariana has made her claim in the music industry.
Here are her 9 most unforgettable moments of 2013:
1. Ariana Confirmed Nathan Sykes Romance
The Nickelodeon star found love in 2013 when she confirmed her relationship with Nathan Sykes from The Wanted. The two first sparked rumors after releasing their music video, “Almost Is Never Enough,” for the Mortal Instruments soundtrack. Unfortunately, by the end of this year, it seems the long-distance romance fizzled.
2. She Dropped Her Debut Album, Yours Truly
Ariana released her debut album, Yours Truly, in August, and her first-ever LP debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with over 138,000 copies sold.
3. She Performed at AMAs … and Won Best New Artist
Ariana stunned the world when she took the stage at the AMAs in December and stripped down her song, “Tattooed Heart,” and gave it the acoustic treatment. She also took home the highest honor, Best New Artist!
4. Her Debut Hit Single With Mac Miller – “The Way”
The 20-year-old songstress dropped the music video for her chart-topping debut single, “The Way,” in March, and the clip, which features rapper Mac Miller, has logged over 118 million views.
5. Her Follow-Up Single, “Baby I”
Ariana followed up her “The Way” music video with “Baby I,” in September, and the starlet showed off her infectious dance moves in the ’90s chic clip.
6. Ariana Covered Complex Magazine
Ariana vamped up on cover of Complex magazine’s December/January issue, and the “Baby I” singer shared some creepy stories about her paranormal encounters.
7. Her Third Release, “Right There” Featuring Big Sean
The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet lives on through Ariana’s music video for “Right There” featuring Big Sean, released in October — but this time — it has a happy ending.
8. Ariana Rocked a New ‘Do
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Ariana ditched her trademark ponytail and debuted two, sexy hairstyles at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball in December.
9. She Also Covered the Holiday Classics
The sultry-voiced songstress tried her hand at several Christmas classics when she announced in November that she would be covering festive tunes — as well as releasing her own original songs — as a countdown to the holidays.